This thesis examines the events and discourses targeted to reemphasize the law tithing and to encourage increased tithe-paying from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1899 and 1907. This examination begins at Church president Lorenzo Snow's journey to St. George and extends through Joseph F. Smith's announcement of the Church's freedom from its long-standing debts. Each chapter analyzes this period from a different perspective provided by contemporary sources. These perspectives include primarily newspaper reports and transcripts from Lorenzo Snow's journey to St. George, reports from general Church conferences, and articles in Church-sponsored publications.This examination yields a more contoured view of the discussion of tithing in the Church at the turn of the 20th century and shows, importantly, that one of Lorenzo Snow's main motivations for his reemphasis of tithing was to prepare the Church to return to and reclaim Zion in Jackson County, Missouri.
College and Department
Religious Education; Religious Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Horton, Zachary Ryan, ""Wherein Shall We Return?": A Historical and Analytical Examination of Lorenzo Snow's 1899 Reemphasis of Tithing" (2015). All Theses and Dissertations. 6141.
Tithing, Lorenzo Snow, Zion, Jackson County, debt, reemphasis of tithing