Date: January 10, 2017 10:43PM
Admittedly, the Young Boner was pretty trusting and naive. So, it should come as no surprise that I asked two church leaders at BYU if I should pay tithing on the money my parents gave me for school. Both said the same thing, "If tithing has been paid on the money, then you do not need to pay tithing." Okay, I said, but my parents were non-Mormons and obviously did not tithe. Then, I was told, I needed to pay tithing on the money they gave me.
My folks gave me $100 each month for school. $50 went for rent (6 guys in a 3 bedroom apartment). That left $50 for food or anything else I needed. So, I paid $10 to my BYU Ward each month. That, of course, left me $40 for the month.
My Dad told me he didn't want me working, he wanted me studying. Because of my learning issues, he was probably right that studying was more important than a student job. To my credit, I did graduate when I was 21 and have worked hard ever since.
Even as a tender Boner, it struck me how unfair it was that my roommates never were required to pay tithing because their parents did.
Just curious, anyone else out there young and dumb to tithing?