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Why Mormons Do Better Youth Ministry Than We Do
Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | Greg Stier

Posted on 01/28/2013 2:16:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind

In light of the skyrocketing popularity of Mormonism in the United States helped along by the Broadway Musical, "The Book of Mormon", Mitt Romney and your nice Mormon neighbors I thought it would be good to recycle this five year old article I wrote. The thesis? Mormons do better youth ministry than the average Protestant church! Read on and see if you agree with me…

"Let's face it. Most of us look at the clean cut Mormon missionaries that peddle the streets of our city and knock on the doors of our houses as somewhat out of date. Although they are kind and well spoken young men, when they knock on our doors we either don't answer or tell them we are already Christians who reject Mormonism and bid them good day. We think to ourselves how "behind the times" these young people are forced to be when they are required to do door-to-door evangelism for their religion. We reflect on how grateful we are that we have the truth once and for all delivered to the saints. We may even think about how much more superior our youth ministry strategies are compared to theirs.

Or are they?

-Mormons expect a lot out of their teenagers. We don't.

-Mormons ordain their young men into the ministry at the age of twelve. We don't.

-Mormons require their teens to attend seminary every day of high school. We don't.

-Mormons ask for two years in the field of every graduating senior. We don't.

Maybe that's why we don't meet a lot of ex-Mormons, while there are hundreds of thousands of former church attendees in the true church of Jesus Christ (of everyday saints) who flee the church after graduating from high school.

Maybe that's why Mormons give more, work harder and are exploding as a religion. In 1985 there were 4.5 million Mormons and now there are over 12 million.

When many of our teens graduate from high school, they grab their books and a beer and go off to the college dorm (A.K.A. "The Party Zone"). When Mormon teens graduate from high school they grab a backpack and a bike pump and go off on a mission.

They know what they believe and why they believe it. They've hammered out their theology on our doorsteps. Their souls and minds have been steeled and sealed into Mormon orthodoxy through their fanatical commitment to the accomplishment of their version of the Great Commission.

Meanwhile we compress most of our mission work into one week in Mexico once every year or two. And even that is comprised mostly of building houses, not necessarily advancing the kingdom of God and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There's a great line in the movie Braveheart where Robert the Bruce is commenting on William Wallace to his father. He says, "He believes. I want to believe like he believes."

When I look at the Mormons I think to myself, "They believe. I want to believe like they believe." Now don't get me wrong. I don't want to believe what they believe. Mormon theology is far from what the Bible says about Jesus, God, sin and salvation. It is, by no means, a truly Christian religion.

Having said that, Mormonism pushes their kids harder and takes them deeper and farther than even the most ardent of evangelical youth ministries would ever dare.

Can you imagine a youth group that challenged every teen in the youth ministry to meet at 6am every day of the school year for a class on Christianity? That's exactly what Mormons do with their high schoolers and their belief system!

We get excited if once a year at 7:15am, while Mormon teens are coming back from their daily seminary lesson on Mormonism, our teens gather around a pole and pray.

I'm not saying that we copy the Mormons specific strategy. I can't foresee our teenagers racing Mormons to the door in a battle of the bicycles. Nor do I believe the answer lies in a daily early morning class. We don't need to copy their strategy. We do, however, need to adopt their philosophy.

We need to push our teens. We need to turn them into active activists. We need to build consistent opportunities for service, outreach and training. We need to equip them to share their faith and then go with them, leading the way. After all, we are youth leaders.

Somebody may accuse me of looking at this as some sort of competition. It is. We are in a competition with Satan for the souls of our young people. And we are getting our rears kicked.

My problem is not with the Mormons. It's with us. Let's learn from the Mormons and turn our kids into missionaries. Armed with the power of the true gospel our teens could mount a comeback and help us win this thing.

Game on."

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Greg Stier is the Founder and President of Dare 2 Share Ministries International. He has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Christian teenagers through Dare 2 Share events, motivating and mobilizing them to reach their generation for Christ. He is the author of eleven books and numerous resources, including Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide for Sharing Your Faith. For more information on Dare 2 Share and their upcoming conference tour and training resources, please visit www.dare2share.org.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Other Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: inman; lds; mormons; youth

1 posted on 01/28/2013 2:16:33 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

ministry - nope
indoctrination - yes.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 2:18:32 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree, leaving the theology aside, there is a lot we could learn from the Mormons. Certainly my Catholic Church is doing an underwhelming job of just hanging on to young people, let alone engaging them.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 2:24:48 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

I read some of the God Maker series a long time ago. Truth or not it painted an image I haven’t forgotten.


4 posted on 01/28/2013 2:25:00 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: SeekAndFind
In 1985 there were 4.5 million Mormons and now there are over 12 million.

That was more than a demographic generation ago.

If Mormons live longer due to the clean living code, and if their families average 4 children - I don't have statistics handy, but that is not a crazy number - that explains the 12 million pretty handily without many conversions.

5 posted on 01/28/2013 2:26:47 PM PST by wideawake
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To: svcw

I have wondered where all of the anti-Mormon trolls had gone since Romney lost and their beloved 0bama had won.


6 posted on 01/28/2013 2:27:42 PM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Most of us look at the clean cut Mormon missionaries that peddle the streets of our city and knock on the doors of our houses as somewhat out of date.

Pedal the streets, not peddle the streets. You'd think they were trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge or something.

7 posted on 01/28/2013 2:29:17 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This person hasn't done much research on Mormon Missionaries.

The Mormon Church has had such a problem attracting enough young men to be missionaries, that they have reduced the length of Missions from 2 years to 1.5 years.

They have also turned to pushing young women to become missionaries before they get married. Previously, the Church stressed that young women should go on missions only if they have no marriage prospects.

8 posted on 01/28/2013 2:31:20 PM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: wideawake
The Mormon Church will never remove anyone from the official Church membership roles unless they are ex-communicated.

My entire family continues to be counted as part of that 12 million, even though we have attended a non-Mormon Church for the last twenty years.

9 posted on 01/28/2013 2:37:31 PM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: wideawake
The Mormon Church will never remove anyone from the official Church membership roles unless they are ex-communicated.

My entire family continues to be counted as part of that 12 million, even though we have attended a non-Mormon Church for the last twenty years.

10 posted on 01/28/2013 2:37:48 PM PST by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: yuleeyahoo

Really? Because I was approached in my apartment building by two you, attractive female Mormon missionaries in 1985.
And again, 1,500 miles away in 2004.


11 posted on 01/28/2013 2:38:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Service, either voluntary or coerced, is not salvation, obviously ; and there is a difference between indoctrination and discipling. The basic difference lies between teaching truth or error ; the difference between regeneration and mere vain religion.

Nevertheless, the point is well taken, and if one studies Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus, it is all too easy to see that we have FAILED miserably in our Gospel training of YOUNG MEN.

We are involved in missionary service in Asia. We can more easily see young Asian Christian men (as young as early teen years) convinced of their duties to their Savior than we can see in American churches. In the Philippines I hear conversations of Bible doctrine and of winning people to Jesus Christ among teen and young adult men very regularly. In the USA the conversation is about sports stats and automobiles.

I charge the men in the pulpits for this lack of godliness and fervency among young men. There is too much hyper-spiritualizing away of the words God spoke through His servant Paul in regards to service, training young people, marriage, family. Modern preachers have run the Scriptures through the press of modern American culture--modern youth culture.

The author is correct. We expect nothing of our young people, we only hope for their presence so that we can count heads. Expect nothing---get nothing.

12 posted on 01/28/2013 2:46:14 PM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Part of the growth of Mormonism is outreach - and a large part is demographic. They have 2.5 kids or more, while most Americans have 1.5.


13 posted on 01/28/2013 3:03:29 PM PST by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind

I am always amused to read expert commentary on the Mormons, written by people whose exposure to Mormonism is changing planes in the Salt Lake airport.

There is more to a culture than the facade. Look for stats like divorce rates, suicide rates, prescription drug abuse, meth use, teen pregnancy, depression, actual active members, etc.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 3:04:00 PM PST by lurk
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To: showme_the_Glory

How do you rate those books?


15 posted on 01/28/2013 3:05:46 PM PST by tbw2
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To: satan

What anti-mormon threads?
Lots of anti-mormonISM which go back to 2002, apparently you have not been paying attention.


16 posted on 01/28/2013 3:06:44 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: showme_the_Glory

My experiences with mormonISM goes back to 1962, the book in not untruth.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 3:11:01 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: wideawake

In addition it is almost impossible to have your named removed from their “membership” rolls.
Any other thing they do is keep people on the rolls until they reach their 110 year.
The 12 million figure is actually world wide, not just the USA.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 3:14:03 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: John Leland 1789

You are correct.
We need to teach “to serve” not “be served”.


19 posted on 01/28/2013 3:17:17 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: satan

“I have wondered where all of the anti-Mormon trolls had gone since Romney lost and their beloved 0bama had won.”

We haven’t had the constant stream of half-truths and faulty logic to respond to ever since Saundra Duffy was banned.

For the record, once Romney had the nomination I held my nose and supported him.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 3:22:12 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I agree, leaving the theology aside,

Since Mormon theology leads one to Hell, their effectiveness in youth ministry is irrelevant.

21 posted on 01/28/2013 4:31:41 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Muslims do an even better job. If you convert to another religion, they kill you.

Maybe we should use that method.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 4:35:21 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Gil4

“ever since Saundra Duffy was banned.”

Sorry to hear that. I helped her with her website when she ran for Congress.


23 posted on 01/28/2013 4:37:44 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mormons offer a warped version of the already warped prosperity gospel... You too can be a God..

That would appeal greatly to your average 12 year old who already thinks they are a God..


24 posted on 01/28/2013 4:55:36 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: AppyPappy

Thats the first thing I thought of. Muslims do a much better job.

I think the guy who wrote this article might be a Mormon.


25 posted on 01/28/2013 5:01:21 PM PST by Tramonto
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To: SVTCobra03

“Since Mormon theology leads one to Hell, their effectiveness in youth ministry is irrelevant.”

So . . . you believe all Mormons are going straight to hell. Wow, you are Jesus Christ Himself. Silly me; I thought Jesus was our Judge. Who else is condemned to hell by you, pray tell.


26 posted on 01/28/2013 5:12:52 PM PST by District13 (Obama scares me)
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To: District13

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” - Galatians 1:8


27 posted on 01/28/2013 5:17:17 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: SeekAndFind

****Mormons do better youth ministry than the average Protestant church! ***

Well of course they do it better. They don’t have to prove by scripture what they believe.

I went to a youth banquet at a mormon church years ago. They had the teens give a testimony as to why they joined the Mormon church.

They liked the friendship, the programs, the young people, the togetherness. Not a one joined because he felt he was a sinner in need of Christ. To them the Mormon church was just a big social club.

I have found them to be extremely ignorant of any bible teaching.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 5:23:10 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

***Because I was approached in my apartment building by two you, attractive female Mormon missionaries in 1985.***

I dated a Mormon girl many many years ago. Her Missionary was great, her Lilith was better! ;-D


29 posted on 01/28/2013 5:26:54 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: SeekAndFind

And Mormonism is a cult.

Christianity is not.


30 posted on 01/28/2013 5:38:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: N3WBI3

RE: Mormons offer a warped version of the already warped prosperity gospel... You too can be a God..

“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)


31 posted on 01/28/2013 5:47:21 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: District13

“Since Mormon theology leads one to Hell, their effectiveness in youth ministry is irrelevant.”
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Why is it that you think they are going to Hell? They preach the Lord Jesus Christ. He may not look to them like He looks to us but that is who they worship. They may have beliefs about exactly what happens to them in Heaven but we have beliefs too and neither of us have been there and the scriptures are pretty vague about it.

To me I don’t think anything else matters if you confess Jesus Christ is Lord. Maybe their Temples are useless but I don’t believe they hurt anybody with the possible exception of the feelings of some descendants of a few dead Jews.

There is much to admire about the Mormons. Anybody on the outside of Christianity can say we indoctrinate our youth. Of course we do. We try to instill in them a love of The Lord Jesus Christ.

The Mormons do what they do because they love The Lord. Do you realize that they pay tithes in the amount of 10% of their PRE-tax earnings, amazing. They give two years in their youth and then do it again after retirement. How many of our youth would know enough about the Gospel to go out and preach at the age of 18 or 19? Their pastors don’t get paid, their organist don’t get paid, their your ministers don’t get paid! None of them get paid! Think of how much more good in the world your congregation could do if we didn’t have a paid ministry.

The Mormons are a strange lot for sure but Hell? I think not. If they are going to Hell then a lot of us will be there with them.

The Mormons are like any other group though, they have their good and their bad they just do a little better job of weeding out their bad.

As far as how many of them there are, in 2010 there were just over 14 million. From what I have seen they baptize three or four hundred thousand a year and have about that number of babies. They do live to be older than us but that is only because of their clean lifestyle.

Many of us claim to be Christian but then we drink and smoke and carouse and go to church and seek forgiveness or don’t even bother to ask since many believe that once saved always saved. Mormons don’t believe that way. They have an expression, that they must endure till the end. They take the Lords Supper every week to help cleanse them of their sins. If they don’t have their sinning under control they are asked to wait to take the Lords Supper until their Pastor agrees with them that they are ready.

I don’t know that I have ever discussed my worthiness with my preacher, I have always held it to be between me and my God. The Catholic Church however is more like the Mormons in getting absolution or at least notice of absolution from the priest. It’s not all bad, it is probably pretty humbling and we should be humble to approach The Lord.

If all Christian churches participated in the church as well as the Mormons it would be a much better world. They can’t be all bad, they vote overwhelmingly Republican in Utah.

No, I can’t agree with you. I think we need to be more like the Mormons in a lot of ways.


32 posted on 01/28/2013 5:53:21 PM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: JAKraig

Thank you, JAKraig, for your fairminded reply.


33 posted on 01/29/2013 1:57:30 AM PST by dixjea
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To: AppyPappy

I guess she was conservative, right?


34 posted on 01/29/2013 3:40:28 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Tramonto

Actually the Moslem way doesn’t work in a non-totalitarian Moslem society. Moslems in the West leave their faith. In the Moslem world, if they do this, they die.


35 posted on 01/29/2013 4:10:11 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
a conservative social club

I think we should also have conservative Christian youth programs that have the friendship, programs, togetherness as well as sound Christian orthodoxy.

There is no harm in learning to take their external ways.

36 posted on 01/29/2013 4:11:32 AM PST by Cronos
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To: tbw2

Around here, the rule is for Mormons to have 4 to 6 children and also adopt 4 more. At the same time, I know people (Christians) who would love to adopt even one child but get the bureaucratic run-around from state agencies, plus from foreign bureaucracies when they try to find a child over there.) How does that work? (I am good terms with the Mormons, but I just recently noticed this pattern for the first time when visiting at an event.)


37 posted on 01/29/2013 4:31:29 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: tbw2
How do you rate those books?

It was back in the 80's so my memory is a little vague. There was a Godmakers I & II and a video or 2. One of the authors was a former bishop that came out of Mormonism. Although he definitely sounded like he had an axe to grind against the Mormon church, I haven't ever heard anyone prove him wrong. Their book of D's & C's flys in the face of many Christian's doctrines. Mormonism is not just another form of Christianity. The rituals seem wierd, uncomfortable to watch. My major conclusion was that I bet at least 1/2 of the people that claim to be Mormon don't have any idea what their church doctrine says. If your curious, or doing a comparitive religeons study, these could be a resource. I don't know if they are even still available?

38 posted on 01/29/2013 5:53:04 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since the Mormons are the most active at reaching out and keep accurate numbers of their converts; watching their numbers could be a somewhat accurate litmus for the worlds spiritual level.

By this I mean, if the Lord holds true to His pattern, like with Sodom, there was no one left that would repent, then the Lord destroyed Sodom.

Therefore, by watching the numbers of the Mormon converts through out the world, we could determine how close the world is to becoming like Sodom and thus the return of Jesus Christ.

Interesting thought.


39 posted on 01/29/2013 9:10:50 AM PST by MeOnTheBeach
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To: SeekAndFind

Because if the want to be Gods with their own planet ..they have to follow the rules and work their butt off


41 posted on 01/29/2013 10:49:29 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: AppyPappy

She would make a great politician - she was very good at answering the question she wanted to answer rather than the one that was asked.


42 posted on 01/29/2013 3:17:07 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: JAKraig

Oh, sorry, I guess I didn’t make myself clear. There’s a lot of “Mormons are going to hell” on this site and it is sickening. Mormons are Christians, believing that through the Atoning Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can be saved. Thanks for giving me the chance to clarify. There’s just so much anti Mormon postings on this site, it’s hard to get through.


43 posted on 02/06/2013 8:35:20 PM PST by District13 (Obama scares me)
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To: svcw; wideawake; District13; JAKraig; All
In addition it is almost impossible to have your named removed from their “membership” rolls.

LDS Church Growth, Member Activity, and Convert Retention: Review and Analysis
Chapter V-01: Conclusions

Analysis of existing data on LDS member activity from official sources, national censuses, and other existing sociologic data lead to several key conclusions.

First, less than half of individuals claimed as members by the LDS Church worldwide identify the LDS Church as their faith of preference. The percentage varies from the mid-sixties in the United States to 20-27% in Latin America. The low correlations between official membership claims and self-identified religious affiliations in Latin American nations that account for the majority of non-U.S. LDS membership make it statistically impossible for this ratio worldwide to reach the 50% threshold. If neighboring nations with similar political and cultural circumstances demonstrate trends similar those of larger nations from which data are available, approximately 40% of individuals claimed as members by the LDS Church worldwide identify the Church as their faith of preference.

Second, as actual member activity and participation rates are always lower than self-identified rates of religious affiliation, existing data suggests that the number of Latter-day Saints attending church worldwide on an average Sunday cannot exceed 30% of official membership figures, and is likely closer to the upper twenties. Idiosyncratic definitions of "activity" that include members who attend irregularly or who identify the LDS Church as their faith of preference may lead to slightly higher figures not to exceed the 40% ratio of self-identified religious preference to official membership statistics, but such broader definitions are not reflective of weekly church attendance.

Third, the LDS missionary program has not been as effective in either the United States or in international areas as one would like to believe. Although convert baptisms outpace baptisms of member children by a factor of nearly three to one worldwide and are near parity in the United States, more than three-quarters of Americans identifying themselves as Latter-day Saints in independent sociologic studies are lifelong members. Such figures imply very high attrition of U.S. converts, as most nominal converts fail to become active or participating members. Data from Latin America, the Philippines, and other international areas demonstrate that three quarters of converts are entirely lost to the church within a year after baptism. While raw LDS membership numbers may appear impressive on paper, these numbers have only a fractional relationship to the far more modest number of converts who have experienced a genuine, lasting, and life-changing conversion and who experience the blessings of active participation in the work of the Church. The available evidence suggests that the primary responsibility for these fractional retention rates lie with quick-baptize tactics which have traditionally focused more on meeting monthly baptismal goals than on ensuring that converts have been adequately prepared for baptism. Recent missionary program changes with the "Preach My Gospel" manual have led to at least some improvements in these trends, although significant problems and challenges remain unaddressed.

Finally, great care is needed in researching, analyzing, and reporting activity and retention data. Pitfalls abound, and available data must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that it is well understood before valid conclusions can be drawn.

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LDS Membership Indicators

Activity Rates

While no regular reports of LDS activity rates are published, activity rate ranges for each country are based on the following published references, as well as from numerous inquiries to members, and returned missionaries, and mission homes in various areas.

"Attendance at sacrament meeting varies substantially. Asia and Latin America have weekly attendance rates of about 25 percent, Europe averages about 35 percent" (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, 1992, 4:1527.)

"Canada, the South Pacific, and the United States average between 40 percent and 50 percent." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, 1992, 4:1527.)

As noted above, activity (almost 10 years ago) was as high as 35% in some areas. Recently I've received a personal correspondance from an LDS professor who has done a study in major cities of Western Europe (I have not received permission to cite his name, although the data was presented at the Mormon History Association conference in Copenhagen in June 2000). He found 20-30% activity rates in most of the major European cities he visited.

We have collected considerable recent activity rate data from missions, recently returned missionaries, and local members in many countries. However, as no official activity rates have been published for a number of years, listed activity rates should be considered to be well-researched estimates based on a variety of sources, and not as official church statistics. As such, activity rate estimates for individual countries may have some error (generally within 5%), but are likely to be very close to the real numbers. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of listed figures. If you have additional data, please submit it for consideration on the respective country pages.

Advancement to Melchizedek Priesthood

"For the U.S. as a whole, only 59% of baptized males ever receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the South Pacific, the figure drops to 35%; in Great Britain, 29%. In Mexico (with almost 850,000 members) the figure is 19%; and in Japan, only 17% of the male members ever make it past the Aaronic Priesthood. (Lowell C. Bennion and Lawrence Young, Dialogue, Spring 1996, p.19.)

Temple marriage data:

"The percentage of adults in a temple marriage varies from about 45 percent in Utah to less than 2 percent in Mexico and Central America." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, 1992, 4:1531)

"For all of South America, with 2.25 million members, less than 1.8% of the total adult membership has been married in the temple." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, 1992, 4:1532.)

Membership data on this site is from published figures in the LDS Church Almanac, or from more recent local sources, where available.

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44 posted on 02/14/2013 11:24:38 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Thanks Mitt.)
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