NOTE – SEE NEW POST ON METHODS OF PAYING TITHING AND OFFERINGS ONLINE
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We’ve validated that if you pay tithing or offerings through your bank (Wells Fargo in our case), and the bank has the Church setup as a vendor to pay, THEN those offerings will now flow to your local unit MLS system and show up on your tithing statement!
Here is our payment online with Wells Fargo: and the Chruch’s local unit statement where it showed up the following Sunday after downloading from SLC.
Here we paid tithing online via Wells Fargo “BillPay” (a free service with mosts banks). They have categories for each offering title (tithing, fast offerings, Ward Missionary, etc.).
And here is the local statement where the payment came through from SLC down to our local MLS system. We paid this during the week, then checked the following Sunday and it was already there in the local unit. Way to go SLC!
SO – this means that the Church FINALLY has it setup so you can pay the Church directly through your bank, have those payments download automatically to your local unit MLS, AND you can even set it up in your bank system to automatically pay every month (or whatever you want) so you don’t have to worry about it anymore. AMAZING!!!
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The days are finally here when you can easily pay your Tithing online (and Fast Offerings or any other category) to the Church with Online BillPay for some banks. Wells Fargo is one example. They have banks in Utah, and so they have the LDS Church as a “Payee” all setup for whatever category you want to give to. The ability to pay the Church online has been around for years, but today it actually doesn’t take any “setup” to do it, AND it actually shows in your regular local tithing or Fast Offerings account instead of a special statement you would get from Church Headquarters without reflection in your local Ward account.
Check your bank to see if the Church is setup as a BillPay Payee and you can do things like setup automatic payment every month so you don’t have to remind yourself to pay Tithing or FO.
Here’s an example of what it looks like at Wells Fargo when you type in LDS in the Payee Search:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About this Post
You have a few options.
First – IF your bank has the Church as a “payee”, just follow the instructions above.
Second – IF your bank does NOT have the Church as a payee, you other options are to send a check directly to the Church in Salt Lake City (with your Membership Number as the Account # or Memo). You’ll need to call LDS Donations (or email) at headquarters to find out the exact details since they change them. You can do so at the following: 801-240-2554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Third – If you use billpay with your bank, or Quicken or other financial service, you can set your Tithing/Fast Offering up as an automatic check that is written. You CAN send it to your Bishop, although that’s not recommended since he’ll have to remember to lug it with him to Church and not lose it (especially since it’s not in a tithing envelope). The better bet is have it mailed to you, and you just take it to the Bishop at Church. At least it’s automated and you don’t have to remember to do it every month. You can make the memo say “Tithing: $500 / FO: $50” or something like that so they know how to split it up. Or you can fill out a tithing slip and just put it in that envelope at Church.