Date: January 05, 2020 07:15PM
Yep. Exactly. A slush fund that will become irrelevant or inaccessible at some unspecified future apocalyptic time is their excuse for hoarding money that can be used for people who are dying of disease, poverty and hunger right this very minute around the world. If they really wanted to stick it to their critics by actually doing stuff Jesus taught that people should do, they totally could
Instead they guilt trip the sandwich generation family members into dealing with parents who will still mindlessly hand over 10% of their SSI payments and praise SLC for the privilege, just as they have done for decades and will do until they die. Then they'll expect a tithing settlement before they'll let you use the hall for the funeral reception.
The greediest, coldest, most hypocritical thing personally witnessed was the matter of my FIL's casket.
Keep in mind, the Bishop and ward knew in clear detail about FILs terminal illness and the fact that there was not going to be any money to cover even a basic dignified funeral.
He died so impoverished that MIL had no money to pay a funeral home for services, so he was not embalmed. His (non-mo) hospice nurse washed, dressed and posed him immediately postmortem, on her own time, and he was placed in a cardboard holding container in the county morgue. The (non-mo) nurse case-manager convinced a local philanthropic trust to donate money and we were able to reserve a very basic casket at cost from a funeral home owner who gave veteran discounts. In total, the charity grant was about 2/3 of the needed cost of the casket, which was 2/3 better than the 0 that the cult gave.
They made a huge mistake and cut the check to my MIL. She cashed it and yeah, she tithed on it. Of course she freaking tithed on it, when it wasn't enough to cover the whole cost of the casket anyway.
At the very, very last moment the whole deal fell through because the rest of charity check had to go for some unforeseen expense or another, I never found out what, and a family friend of a friend ended up building a pine casket for my FIL overnight, the day before the funeral, in his garage, from lumber bought at Home Depot using one of the kids' credit cards.
The Bishop was discreetly petitioned for money to help, at least to return the tithing on the charity check because it was earmarked specifically for funeral costs and there were still plenty, like the interrment fee at the cemetary. The answer was no, of course.
Also, the chapel was reserved for an area seventy visit so the whole service was graveside, in snowy February. For a lifelong devotee who served a mission, fought in a war, and starved his kids so tithing could be paid.
Cold. Greedy. Hypocritical.