While walking with a group of rabbis on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I noticed that one of them had a rather pensive look on his face. Hoping to resolve his concern, I asked him if everything was OK. After a brief hesitation, he admitted that he had trouble understanding how the LDS Church was able to get its members to pay tithing. Another rabbi immediately volunteered to answer his question: “Mormons believe that they are a covenant people. Paying tithing is a way to keep their promise to God.” I couldn’t have said it better.That is precisely right. We are a covenant people, like the Jews. Meaning that we believe we make promises with God. We promise to obey, and He promises blessings for our obedience.
This particular report didn't include anything about LDS Church finances, though I've written about that before. An official LDS Church response to inaccurate reporting of Church finances may be found here.