The past forty years has brought a lot of change to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Probably more than they expected, and far less than they were wanting to see (as in members, that is).
The one thing that’s remained consistent is the downward spiral of church membership. While the rate of decline has fluctuated, the one constant element is its presence; year in, and year out.
The other common denominator is the Church’s inability to face facts, and tell the truth about why they’re experiencing an unprecedented loss of members. In 2015 we noted their membership growth rate was the slowest since 1937, and as we saw then, they weren’t telling the truth about how many people are Mormon.
Before we list all the data – one thing is the most important – people. Please, pray for those who are in the Church to see how it’s inherently wrong in every way imaginable. We’re not here to bash the Mormon people, rather, to give support, and information.
If you’re LDS, please take the time to read the data, and also God’s word. I’ve no doubt you love Jesus, but the Mormon Jesus isn’t the Jesus of the Bible. If you’re going to believe, make sure you believe in the true God – not a manufactured one from the mind of Joe Smith.
Each year the news gets worse and worse, and I’m not talking about the 5 o’clock newscast on your television set. The Church’s stats are significant in the loss of people, the way they handle things, and their insistent head in the sand attitude. Do your homework, verify our claims (PLEASE!), and be sure you know that Jesus loves you!
Here are the basic numbers based on what the Church provided at the General Conferences in 2017, and 2018.
Members 2018 • 16,118,169
Members 2017 • 15,882,417
Net Increase • 235,752
The net increase doesn’t match up with the rest of their report –
Children of Record 2018 • 106,771
Converts Baptized 2018 • 233,729
Gross Increase • 340,500
This means there’s a major discrepancy in their math.
Membership Loss • 104,748
The membership loss # represents members who either died, were ex-communicated, or had their names removed. You’ll notice they didn’t do the math when they reported their membership numbers at the conference.
This is a significant number, but not as high as it was just a few years earlier when there was a 120,000 discrepancy.
The other headline comes with a look at the overall picture of how the Church is doing…
Membership Increase Growth Rate
1.48% growth rate from 2016-2017 compared to 1.65% in 2015.
Total Membership • 16,118,169
Converts • 233,729
Children of Record • 106,771
SL Trib reported ‘Church growth rate fell to lowest level in 80 years’ …
““The Utah-based faith has been in a “period of transition” since 2012, says LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins, pointing to “the calling of younger missionaries [and] the use of technology and social media.””
(In other words, they’re discovering the Church’s shady past.)
However, they also stated ‘The LDS Church…insists “the number of people asking to have their names removed from the records of the church has been fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent … for more than 20 consecutive years.’
The report went on to say ‘the 30,000 Mormons’ who requested name removal, or were ex-communicated in 2016 was ‘far less than the increase of converts and children of record’.
If there were 30,000 who were removed from the Church, it can only mean the numbers are far worse than what they’re reporting at General Conference!
Children of Record Growth Rate
Mormons are having fewer kids than they once were, and proof of this is seen in Utah’s vital stat reports. They experienced a 2.27% decrease in the number of kids born into the covenant than the previous year.
Increase of Children on Record: 106,771 (decrease of 2,475 from 2016; a 2.27% annual decrease) – ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com
106,771 Children of Record
Conversion Growth Rate 1.45%
Converts • 233,729
There were 2.74% less baptisms than the previous year.
The alarming thing about this stat is what the Church said to the Salt Lake Trib about the problem they’re having retaining members.
“Would-be converts, he says, are “rarely required to make the kinds of investments and sacrifices for their new religion across a timespan that would really test their commitments.”
The result? A dropout rate for new converts, Mauss says, of about 75 percent within the first year.”
Missionary Workforce Conversion Rate 2.87%
Full Time Missionaries • 67,049
Converts • 233,729
Conversion Rate Per Missionary
Congregational Growth Rate
Congregational growth rates during 2017 also decelerated compared to 2016 to their lowest levels since 2011… …Historically, the Church in the United States has reported an increase of approximately 100-200 congregations a year until 2016 when there was a net increase of 65 congregations for the year.” ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com