A new way to pay ‘tithing’ without giving a cent to the church

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Giving 10% to charity

Latter-day Saints see tithing as a scriptural command. Additionally they view charity as a advantage that “by no means faileth.”

Now, Douglas Stilgoe is proposing a brand new method to mix the 2: Let members pay tithing by donating cash to “native and worldwide charities” as a substitute of church coffers.

His Change.org petition urges church leaders to place such a system in place. Practically 1,200 individuals have signed on to this point.

Not surprisingly, Stilgoe’s push factors to the billions the Utah-based religion has collected in its Ensign Peak Advisors reserve fund as proof the church can afford to let tithes funnel on to charities.

“The amount of cash the church has amassed, off the again of our donations, doesn’t sit properly” with some Latter-day Saints, he asserts. “… The church might change the tithing revenue with the income from Ensign Peak and proceed to operate precisely because it does now.”

And members might “strengthen communities, serve God by serving others, and construct Zion the place they reside” with a brand new wave of contributions (within the type of tithing) to charities close to and much.

Within the wake of the media revelations concerning the church’s huge property, different members say they have already got begun following this observe.

Faith Information Service columnist Jana Riess, for one, reported that she steered her 2020 tithes to humanitarian reduction, particularly organizations that assist children world wide.

“At tithing settlement this yr, I declared myself a full-tithe payer and defined why none of that cash has gone to the church,” she wrote. “… Not less than a couple of children who didn’t have meals or entry to schooling may have meals, faculty and the fundamentals.”

For his or her half, church officers persistently have acknowledged that they use tithing appropriately. They’ve referred to as the reserves a “wet day” fund to assist pay for, amongst different issues, operations in poorer components of the world — corresponding to Africa, the place the church is booming — and the place member donations can’t sustain.

The cash, they are saying, is much less about stashing money for the Second Coming, as was initially reported, and extra about offering safeguards towards extra frequent occasions — like credit score crunches, inventory slides and recessions.

Most religious members look like effective with the religion’s fiscal method. A January 2020 ballot for The Salt Lake Tribune, for instance, confirmed that just about 6 in 10 “very lively” Utah Latter-day Saints are towards requiring church buildings to reveal their funds.

In the meantime, Latter-day Saint Charities, the religion’s humanitarian arm, has supplied greater than $2.5 billion price of help in 199 nations and territories since its 1985 founding.

A marketing campaign for comfortable clothes

(Screenshot) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has revealed images of temple clothes, which devoted members put on beneath their garments. A member is lobbying for comfier clothes.

The New York Occasions did an “undercover” story, of types, this week on, properly, underwear.

Specifically, Latter-day Saint temple clothes.The piece targeted on Idaho Falls member Sasha Piton, who’s lobbying the church to provide softer, extra snug and breathable clothes, which the devoted put on as a personal and private reminder of their non secular commitments.

So what does Piton point out as most well-liked for her holy unmentionables?

“Buttery mushy, seamless, thick waistband that’s not slicing into my spleen, breathable material,” she informed her greater than 17,000 followers in an Instagram video underneath her moniker themormonhippie.

Her posts apparently resonated in Latter-day Saint circles, drawing 1000’s of feedback and personal messages.

Learn the total Occasions story right here.

Increasingly more, the church has been drawing again the curtain on its temple ceremonies and the underclothing donned by religious members. It launched separate YouTube movies in 2018 on the temple endowment and the usually mocked, maligned and misunderstood clothes.

Many Latter-day Saints “put on non secular clothes, however beneath their common garments,” the narrator says, whereas the clothes are proven. “Just like abnormal modest underclothing, it is available in two items and is normally known as the temple garment. … They function a personal and private reminder of our relationship to God and our dedication to reside good, honorable lives.”

The video has logged about 143,000 views.

Historic stake makes a transfer

The historic Salt Lake Stake will transfer out of its constructing northwest of the Convention Heart subsequent yr, and a personal, faith-based faculty will transfer in.

American Heritage College will lease the meetinghouse at 142 W. 200 North from the church. The constructing might be repurposed for its new use.

It’s unknown at this level, stake leaders say, whether or not the chapel’s distinctive stained-glass window depicting church founder Joseph Smith’s “First Imaginative and prescient” will stay or be moved (because it was as soon as earlier than).

The wards, or congregations, that had been assembling there — together with the stake workplaces — will relocate to different buildings.

The 14th Ward, as an illustration, will shift to an workplace tower the church is constructing downtown on the nook 100 South and State Avenue. The 25-story high-rise is designed with meetinghouse house inside.

Organized in 1847, the Salt Lake Stake is the oldest steady stake within the worldwide church.

American Heritage College has a campus close to the church’s Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. Its Salt Lake Metropolis campus is scheduled to open in August 2022, in line with its web site.

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Who is Kim Reynolds? Iowa governor giving GOP SOTU response : NPR

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will give the official Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union deal with.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will give the official Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union deal with.

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Since taking workplace in 2017 as Iowa’s first feminine governor, Kim Reynolds has pushed for conservative insurance policies, like limiting instructing about systemic racism in faculties and in search of to ban transgender women from women’ sports activities groups.

However it’s Reynolds’ response to the pandemic that has gotten her nationwide consideration.

Companies and enormous gatherings in Iowa have had few or no restrictions for a lot of the previous two years, usually towards the recommendation of public well being specialists.

Reynolds is more likely to tout her method to the pandemic as she delivers the official Republican response after President Biden’s State of the Union deal with Tuesday night time.

In a current Iowa PBS interview, she contrasted her insurance policies with these from Democrats.

“Individuals are so annoyed. They’ve simply had it, and so they really feel their freedoms and liberties are being infringed upon,” Reynolds stated. “And we’re seeing that right here in america. And also you’re seeing it truthfully within the president’s ballot numbers. They’re tanking, and also you’re seeing, I believe, Democratic governors in different states understand what’s occurring and the place Individuals are in the present day.”

Reynolds required Iowa faculties to supply in-person studying for many of the pandemic and rejected $95 million in federal funding for COVID testing in faculties. Final spring, she banned faculties from requiring masks, main the Biden administration to launch a civil rights investigation.

Reynolds says federal pandemic aid has contributed to inflation and workforce points. However the billions of {dollars} coming into the state helped make an enormous legislative win potential for her: On Thursday Reynolds signed laws to chop revenue taxes.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, informed Fox Information he is happy with Reynolds and gave a preview of what he thinks she’s going to say.

“I count on her to say that Iowa has led the best way,” Grassley stated. “And it is about time that the federal authorities do the identical factor and the president present management that’s one thing apart from shutting down the financial system to battle the virus.”

Deidre DeJear, a Democrat operating for governor in Iowa, stated Reynolds being chosen for the GOP response reveals she’s following nationwide Republican speaking factors as an alternative of addressing challenges particular to the state.

Reynolds nonetheless hasn’t introduced if she’s operating for reelection this yr, however she’s anticipated to run. She has by no means stated publicly if she needs to run for greater workplace sooner or later. Reynolds has been talked about as a possible vp for Donald Trump if he runs once more.

Giving out our All-Star break NBA and Utah Jazz season awards

Who will take residence the ‘Most Invaluable Jazz Participant’ award: Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert?

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is launched earlier than the beginning of the sport alongside Utah Jazz heart Rudy Gobert (27) earlier than their sport in opposition to the Sacramento Kings, NBA basketball in Salt Lake Metropolis on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

The second halfs of the 2021-22 NBA common season started on Thursday.

To have fun going into the ultimate stretch of the common season, we really feel it’s time to provide out some awards — each league-wide and Utah Jazz centric — in addition to grade some gamers and groups.

On the most recent episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporter Eric Walden give out the HBTJ “Two-thirds of the best way 2021-22 NBA and Utah Jazz season” awards.

A number of the classes embody: “Who’s the NBA Rookie of the Yr?,” “Larger disappointment: Lakers or Nets?,” “Most Invaluable Jazz Participant this season: Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert?,” and “What grade can we give the Jazz for the season so far?”

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I See That You Are Giving Away a TV on Facebook Marketplace and I Just Have a Few Questions

Hi there! I noticed your put up, “Free BROKEN Sony TV,” on Fb Market. Is it nonetheless accessible? I simply have just a few primary questions earlier than I’m going out of my option to drive ten minutes to take a bit of electronics off your porch for free of charge to me.

When ought to I come get the TV? I’m accessible at 1:30 A.M. Is that an O.Okay. time for you? If not, I may additionally come get the TV someday tomorrow, however I’m unsure when.

What dimension is the TV? Your put up says twenty-seven inches, however is that an actual measurement? Would you thoughts measuring once more and sending me a photograph of the tape measure in opposition to the TV? I would like it to sit down precisely flush with my twenty-seven-inch TV stand whereas additionally being sufficiently small to slot in my toilet ought to I determine to maneuver it there once I take a shower. How huge is my toilet? I’m unsure. What do you count on me to do? Measure my toilet simply to see if a free TV would slot in there?

I can’t be coming to get the TV tomorrow, however may you please take the put up down? I’ll get the TV quickly—I simply can’t probably plan when I will get the TV so I’d such as you to go forward and make it accessible for the subsequent time I:

a) Am not working.
b) Am not watching a conflicting sporting occasion.
c) Really feel prefer it.

This might be at any time within the subsequent one to 12 weeks.

Does the TV are available in every other colours? I see out of your put up that the TV is white with a black display screen. Might the TV be black with a white display screen? Do you might have one other TV that’s black? What dimension is that TV?

The place did you buy the TV? Did you purchase it pre-owned or new? How a lot did the TV initially price? I wish to understand how a lot cash I’m saving by getting it without spending a dime. If the TV price you lower than 2 hundred {dollars}, it’s a must to admit, it’s actually not a lot of a discount for me. Plus, I’ve to drive to select it up, utilizing gasoline. Maybe you may compensate me for the price of elimination? Ten {dollars} appears honest to me.

What model is the TV? The put up says Sony, however is that Sony the TV model or a typo for “Sonic the Hedgehog”? If it’s a Sonic the Hedgehog-brand TV, I’m unsure that I would like it, however I’ll let you realize someday on Sunday—subsequent Sunday, not this Sunday. This Sunday, I’ll be at my cousin’s rental in Stowe and won’t have cell service, so I gained’t have the ability to contact you in regards to the TV. However, by responding to this put up, I’ve claimed this TV, and it’s rightfully mine, and you need to preserve it secure for me till I say that I don’t need it.

Why am I getting a free TV off Fb and never buying a TV that matches my particular necessities? Nicely, this TV is free, and I can inform that you just’re the form of individual who’s going to maintain answering my questions regardless of the absence of any assure that I’ll even take this TV, since you’ve spent your total life being agreeable and attempting to make everybody such as you, even strangers with the Ferrari emblem as their Fb profile image—which brings me to my subsequent query.

Will this slot in my automotive? I perceive that you just’ve by no means seen my automotive, however certainly in some unspecified time in the future you place this TV in your automotive. Did it match? Do you assume your automotive is an identical dimension to my automotive? My automotive is a Toyota Corolla. What sort of automotive do you might have?

Your automotive might be greater than mine. Are you able to ship the TV to my home? Truly, I’m unsure I wish to take it but, so what I’d such as you to do is come to my home with the TV and carry it into my lounge. At that time, we are able to assess if the TV matches on my TV stand and if you’ll be able to join it to my Amazon Hearth TV Stick correctly.

Until the TV has Roku in-built? Does the TV have Roku in-built? Your put up mentioned that the TV is “damaged and 100 per cent doesn’t work,” however I’m nonetheless going to behave as if the TV is useful, leaving you to marvel if I even learn your put up and whether or not I can be indignant upon realizing that the TV is certainly damaged.

I’m not in a position to get the TV at this time as a result of my mom/daughter/gerbil is sick. Might I get the TV subsequent Wednesday?

One necessary factor: Has the TV ever performed an episode of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”? I’m philosophically in opposition to a baby working as a medical skilled and discover this present offensive. If the TV has been used for this objective, I should rethink taking this TV. I’m not saying that I gained’t take it in case you have ever watched “Doogie Howser, M.D.” on it—it simply is determined by what number of episodes. As an illustration, should you watched one “Doogie Howser, M.D.” simply to form of get a way of what Neil Patrick Harris was like as a baby actor out of pure curiosity as a result of you’re a fan of his later work, that will be O.Okay. In case you binge-watched a number of seasons of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” all on one Saturday, I can’t take the TV. When you ship me a log of which “Doogie Howser, M.D.” episodes you’ve watched on this TV (from an moral standpoint, some “Doogie Howser, M.D.” episodes are extra acceptable than others as a result of Doogie spends much less time within the hospital and extra time doing regular child actions), I’ll take just a few days and contemplate if I nonetheless need the TV.

Truly, simply to be secure, please ship a log of all packages you watched on this TV.

What time will you be arriving with the TV? I texted you 13 minutes in the past saying that I wished the TV, and you continue to haven’t arrived at my home. To be fairly trustworthy, I discover that very impolite, and now I’m unsure that I wish to take the TV in any case.

This TV is damaged! I’m indignant!

IRS giving taxpayers option not to use facial recognition : NPR

The IRS says taxpayers will be capable to entry their accounts by present process a digital interview quite than must submit a selfie.

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The IRS says taxpayers will be capable to entry their accounts by present process a digital interview quite than must submit a selfie.

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The Inner Income Service says it is giving taxpayers with particular person accounts a brand new choice to confirm their id: a dwell digital interview with tax brokers.

This comes after the IRS backed away from a deliberate program to require account holders to confirm their ID by submitting a selfie to a personal firm, a proposal that drew criticism from each events in Congress and from privateness advocates.

The company says account holders can nonetheless select the selfie choice, administered by ID.Me. But when they’d quite not, the company says taxpayers could have the choice of verifying their id “throughout a dwell, digital interview with brokers; no biometric knowledge – together with facial recognition – might be required if taxpayers select to authenticate their id via a digital interview.”

The IRS introduced the brand new choice on Monday. It says that ID.Me will destroy any selfie already submitted to the corporate, and that these selfies now on file can even be completely deleted “over the course of the following few weeks.”

The company calls this a short-term resolution for the present tax submitting season. It says it’s working with the federal government on utilizing one other service, referred to as Login.Gov, which is utilized by different federal businesses as a approach to entry their providers.

The Basic Companies Administration is at the moment working with the IRS to realize the safety requirements and scale required of Login.Gov, the IRS says, “with the aim of shifting towards introducing this selection after the 2022 submitting deadline.”

The controversy over the usage of ID.Me got here on prime of myriad different challenges dealing with the IRS this 12 months, together with a backlog of thousands and thousands of unprocessed returns from final 12 months, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to insufficient staffing and funding ranges.