Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Tribby busts another Mormon myth

No, they didn't need to bother with the "Mormons have horns" or "Mormons have 10 wives" bigoted "myths," but instead the Salt Lake Tribune focused on the claim that the LDS church is the fastest growing church in the world. It's conclusion: false.
Today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 12 million members on its rolls, more than doubling its numbers in the past quarter-century. But since 1990, other faiths - Seventh-day Adventists, Assemblies of God and Pentecostal groups - have grown much faster and in more places around the globe.
And most telling, the number of Latter-day Saints who are considered active churchgoers is only about a third of the total, or 4 million in the pews every Sunday, researchers say.

The 4 million number comes from counting the people on the Church rolls for every continential region and multiplying by the average Sunday attendance. In the early 1990s, Canada, the South Pacific, and the United States had between 40 percent and 50 percent. Europe and Africa, the average was 35 percent. Attendance in Asia and Latin America hovered around 25 percent.

This sounds like Missionaries are having a tough time keeping converts converted, or at least keeping them active in the church. Experts in the article say 70-80% are lost. Never the less, don't feel bad, there are more mormons than jews, and Judism is a major world religion.

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