How do you feel about tithing settlements, on a scale from 1 to 10?
1 = ‘What a massive waste of time and energy. I refuse to participate.’
10 = ‘I treasure the moment when I can publicly declare my sacred offerings.’
For myself, I waver. Of course, it’s no big deal to show up and meet with the bishop in order to answer a question, but it seems like an awful lot of energy is expended on this one issue. I wish I could get a better sense of any doctrinal reasons for doing them in the way we do. A few years ago, after an odd interaction where it seemed I was being investigated, I refused to go again, but I got over it.
So I’m going with a 6: I’m not hostile about them, but neither do I have any enthusiasm: I see the tithing settlement as a basically empty gesture, but one which does me very little harm. But I might ask the bishop’s family about that.