Mormon Dilemma 211

31 March

LDS Church Growth

In today’s Mormon dilemma we’re taking a look at the LDS Church’s growth rate and their claim of having more than 14 million members.

Whenever I do research on statistical info about the Church I refuse to only go to one source for my articles. Long ago I was a wanna-be journalist and can remember in high school and college my professors and teachers always pounding this into our heads; if you’re only presenting one side then you’re not presenting truth.

 

So here is some statistical information of how the LDS Church skews its numbers.  Along with their info are just some of the other links I found on the net while cruisin’ around looking for the best info for you!  If you feel you have other articles that should be included, please, send it to me and I’ll update this article!

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/the-time-shall-come?lang=eng

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_2890645

http://usreligionstatistics.info/index.html

http://www.mormoninformation.com/stats.htm

http://www.cumorah.com/index.php?target=law_harvest&chapter_id=7

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history

In a nutshell, the Church presents a picture that is disingenuous. It’d be pretty hard to swallow they have 14 million members when the truth is the Church counts you as a member until you’ve turned 110 years old whether you’re dead or not. And while they did send me my letter recognizing that I wanted my name removed from the Church, there’s no way to verify if they removed it from their roles reflecting my termination.

According to the Church, membership slowed down to a snail’s pace from 2.37% in 2009 to 2.22% for 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history

And when it comes to activity rate, well that’s another story all together. The Church in North America has faced some dismal times in the past decade or so. Active membership in the Church only means you’ve gone to church one or more times in the past year and in North America they only have a 40-50% activity rate. (See cumorah.com – link above) Retention is a huge problem for the Church both in and outside of North America. In South American countries the activity rate is roughly 25—35% and most people in both North and South America who join the Church are not active after one year in the Church.

There are some websites claiming 30,000 Mormons a year are leaving and as this number may sound grandiose it is reasonable when taking everything into consideration with the Church’s  worldwide numbers this estimate is probably well below the true numbers of people who leave on a yearly basis.

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6 Responses to “Mormon Dilemma 211”

  1. YourKingdomInheritance April 2, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    I will not rest until everyone knows the True Church is found in the body of Christ that directs everyone to their savior Jesus Christ alone. The Mormon Church may call themselves the true church, but that in itself does not make it true. Their church points the way to Joseph Smith who pridefully says he holds the keys.

  2. lifeafterministry April 2, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Yay!!!! We’re praying for you as always!

    i was reflecting today on how much He’s given me. I was saved on Palm Sunday of ’93 – and of course with it being Palm Sunday of 2012 it’d be hard not to hit my knees. Today we have two daughters who know the Lord. One has served missions in Ethiopia and Slovenia. The other has served in the Philippines and is attending university at Hill Song in Sydney. It’s amazing how just one generation later He’s made a definitive and sweeping change to just this one family!!!
    Michelle

  3. CamdenC April 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Happy Born Again day!
    We had an awesome service yesterday. The sermon was from 2 Cor. 5: 20 and 21. The pastor invited everyone who hadn’t made Jesus the Lord of their life, to do just that.
    There were cards sitting on all of the chairs in the sanctuary with a list of every sin imagineable on them (Lust, greed, lying, adultry, gossip, etc. 6 paragraphs worth of sins). There was a huge banquet table set up down the middle of the sanctuary with bread and grape juice. At the stage, there was a large wooden cross. Around the sanctuary, there were buckets full of small nails and hammers. The pastor asked us to circle the sins that we were guilty of doing and at the bottom, leave a note of thanksgiving to Jesus for blotting those sins out. When we were done, we were to walk up to the front and nail that card to the cross, and then go to the banquet table to receive the Lord’s supper from one of the elders. I started out circling sins, then ended up circling every paragraph!
    I will e-mail you some photos of the cross, before and after… Praise Jesus!!!
    cross nailing sins to cross

    cross sins nailed to cross

  4. thegardensofboxwoodmanor April 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Wonderful Michelle and Camden!

    Sue J

  5. thegardensofboxwoodmanor April 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Thanks for the pictures, Camden. Very meaningful to read and see this!
    ” …Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling…”.

    Sue J

  6. CamdenC April 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for posting those Michelle… I will find out when they post the service to their website and then paste the link to the blog page.

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