Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 17
The Law of Tithing and the Law of the Fast

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us strengthen our desire to pay a full tithe and live the law of the fast.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 59:13–14, 21; 119; 120; Isaiah 58:6–12; Malachi 3:8–12 or 3 Nephi 24:8–12; Matthew 6:16–18 or 3 Nephi 13:16–18
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Lesson 17 Handout (PDF)

The Law of Tithing

The Lord has commanded us to pay tithing.

The Lord has promised great blessings to those who obey this commandment.

Reasons for paying tithing.

The use of tithing funds.

Additional resources on this principle can be found at Gospel Topics: Tithing at

The Law of the Fast

The Lord has commanded us to fast.

The Lord has command us to pay a generous fast offering.

Additional resources on this principle can be found at Gospel Topics: Fasting and Fast Offerings at

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the principles of tithing and the law of the fast. How have you been strengthened and blessed by living these laws?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A Companion to Your Study of the New Testament: The Four Gospels by Daniel H. Ludow.

A Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts (CHC).

Answers To Gospel Questions, Volume 1, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Church History & Modern Revelation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Conference Reports (CR).


Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

Gospel Standards by Heber J. Grant.

Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard J. Arrington.

History of the Church (HC).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Messages of the First Presidency compiled by James R. Clark.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 1, edited by Robert L. Millet and Kent P. Jackson.

The Mormon Experience by Leonard J. Arrington and Davis Bitton.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

U.S. News & World Report.

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