percentage as soon as they conveniently can and let the same be paid in any voluable commodity: We have estimated that two cents upon the dollar for what every man shall be worth when he renders his inventory to the will raise a sum suffcient for the A.D. 1838. We reccommend that the Elders also circulate copies of the subscription paper accom panying this report so that all who are willing to thithe themselves may have an opportunity of manifesting their generosity.
We are of the opinion that if any are not willing to comply with the mode above pointed untill a better one is suggested of raising the means to meet the necessary expences of the church: they must to say the least of them be considered weak in the faith and also under the influence of covetousness to that degree that their case must be considered hopeless unless they repent: for the scripture informs us that a covetous man who is an idolator hath any part in the kingdom of God:
To close we are of the opinion that this report and subsc ription paper should not be circulated to obtain funds beyond the bounds of what is attached to this stake of Zion. neither should the funds raised be expended out of the bounds of the same
The Subscription paper
We the undersigned subscribers feeling a deep interest in the prosperity of the church of Latterday Saints. and believeing that the prosperity of the church; in some degree depends upon our providing a fund for the purpose of defraying the expen ces of the church; In assisting the poor, in remunerating the officers of the church for the time <which> they are necessarily employed in doing the business of the same: in building houses of publick worship and all such other expences as shall be deemed necessary by the authorities of the church for the good of the same. And believeing that voluntary titheing is better than [p. 91]