I am continually in awe at the incredible support this amazing university receives from the Church. I remember a professor at freshman orientation talking about how much the Church invests in us as students at BYU. Since then, I have wanted to learn more about this. I did some research to satisfy my curiosity and found some interesting information. The financial assistance that BYU receives from the Church is only one of the many ways the Church supports education. Tithing funds from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used to help five key areas of activity, one of them being education:
1.) Providing buildings or places of worship for members around the world. There are thousands of church buildings and more continue to open, sometimes several in just one week.
2.) Providing education programs including support for our universities and our seminary and institute programs.
3.) Supporting the Church’s worldwide missionary program.
4.) Building and operating nearly 140 temples around the world and the administration of the world’s largest family history program.
5.) Supporting the Church’s welfare programs and humanitarian aid, which serves people around the world — both members of the Church as well as those who are not members.
The Church’s emphasis on education is huge. Education’s presence on this list is evidence of that emphasis. I am so grateful for the support the Church gives to Brigham Young University and for its emphasis on education. It really is that important.
The Church also has a Perpetual Education Fund, which Chantelle posted about last month.
Here is a link to more information about the Church’s tithing funds.