Members are urged to fast for two meals or 24 hours during the first week-end of the month. “The law to the Latter-day Saints, as understood by the authorities of the church, is that food and drink are not to be partaken of for twenty-four hours, ‘from even to even,’ and that the Saints are to refrain from all bodily gratification and indulgences” (President Joseph F. Smith, quoted in To Make Thee a Minister and a Witness, p. 116). Many Mormons, however, do not follow this strictly. The money that would have been used for food is given as their fast offering to help the poor.