I will answer that in this thread if you like.
We need to keep the topic in the correct spot no offense.
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No one receives a wage in the Church, Elders, Bishops, Stake Presidents, Missionaries.
I served a two year mission in Hungary at my families expense. The flight there was paid for, but room and board was the responsibility of me and my family. I am currently a Sunday School Teacher for 11 year olds and do so voluntarily. All clergy in the Church are unpaid and are called from the members of the Congregation. It is truly a lay clergy.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints asks a commitment from its members to serve, and to build up the Kingdom of God. All of the work that the Bishop (equivelant of a local priest) the Stake Presidency (Cardinal in the Catholic Church) teachers, humanitarian aid workers, Missionaries do etc. is unpaid and does take a significanta acount of free time to accomplish.
There are paid positions at BYU (The Church run University) and educational positions that require no ecclesiastical authority, as in in the Church office Building in Salt Lake City.
Apostles and Prophets travel and living expenses are paid for as the are witnesses of Christ throughout the world and must devote their full time to this endeavor. But these individuals left jobs to devote their entire life to serving the lord. Many of these of these men, were physicians, Lawyers, Businessmen who have no financial reason to leave these professions.
I believe them to be special witnesses for Christ as were the apostles and Prophets of Old.
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|I find it hard to believe no one receieves absolutely nothing for their preaching.|
|Apostles and Prophets travel and living expenses|
But not for local clergy - bishops, stake presidents, etc.; only those who dedicate all their time to the church, such as the Apostles and Prophets, and who may have given up careers to do so.
Tithing is also used for humanitarian efforts around the world -- disaster response, charitable giving, etc.
Fast offerings are used to help those in need (welfare, etc) The Church also has an option in the tithing slip called "Humanitarian Aid" where we can donate towards helping those people in need around the world who had experienced earthquakes, etc. No tithing money is used for this purpose.
Tithing is used for the building of temples and meetinghouses, manuals, etc and the preaching of the Gospel around the world.
Really all the offering sound very much like what the pentecostal do just with different names and the big difference of unpaid clergy. That must place a great more amount of the offering directly into the needy. I wish other organized churches would follow suit. To me this is what God mandated.
Jesus gave all to the needed but did use enough to provide substance to remain alive in a humble manner. I assume when traveling the Apostles and Prophets would live the same way.