Skip to comments.Number of faithful Mormons rapidly declining
Posted on 02/01/2012 3:37:56 AM PST by Colofornian
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is losing a record number of its membership. A new report quotes an LDS general authority who said more members are falling away today than any time in the past 175 years.
At meetings like General Conference, Utahns may be used to seeing members of the LDS Church show up in record numbers. But according to a recent Reuters article citing LDS General Authority Marlin K. Jensen, for the church as a whole, the record in going in a different direction.
Elder Jensen told the news outlet times have changed, and "attrition has accelerated in the last five or 10 years." Some church members ABC 4 talked to said they see the faithful leaving.
"I'm from Chile and a lot of people just stop attending, they take it a little bit too casual," said Francisco Jerez, LDS Church member.
So how bad is it getting? Right now there are more than 14 million members of the church worldwide. But according to the article, sociologists estimate active membership may as few as only five million.
Elder Jensen told Reuters that's the biggest departure since before the days of Brigham Young.
"If people are leaving it's really a mark that maybe we need to get deeper into our faith," said Ross Booth, LDS Church member.
"When life is going good and we don't have as many challenges we don't turn to God," said Babbi Hill, LDS Church member.
These members said it doesn't worry them about the church.
"I know the church is going to continue to grow and develop," said Booth.
But it is a wake up call to be their brother's keeper.
"It does come down to us as members of the church to do our part," said Jerez.
And LDS leaders are hoping they bring their friends back.
The LDS church declined to comment on the article. But Elder Jensen told Reuters, the church is attempting to reach out to the less-active church members, update its manuals on sensitive church doctrines, and improve the amount of accurate information about the church on the internet.
In the aftermath of a Romney Florida victory, we need good news like this.
The "bad news" contained in this, though, is that many Mormons aren't leaving to go a Christian church...disillusioned about having been so vulnerable to believing cult fables for so long...they turn to emptiness...
Pray that the Lord of the Harvest rounds up these lost and shepherdless Mormons.
I stand in agreement with you.
“If people are leaving it’s really a mark that maybe we need to get deeper into our faith,” said Ross Booth, LDS Church member.
Its a sign you need to find out why...
“When life is going good and we don’t have as many challenges we don’t turn to God,” said Babbi Hill, LDS Church member.
When life is going bad Mormons dont turn to God, either...
Joey Smith cant help them...
A black "prophet" ???
a woman "prophet" ???
No extra "wives" for Willie Mitty ???
and improve the amount of accurate information about the church on the internet
Oh I would think theres just the right amount there now
Thats your problem, guys...
That's all I ever need to know about Mormonism.
I guess that’s what happens to a cult when the personality wears off. They don’t have the Holy Spirit wooing them!
I recall once driving through Utah and stopping at a state or county park campground late at night ... it was a very creepy place and we were awake all night and left just at daybreak...and as we pulled out, we saw that it was on the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
A truly horrible, horrible thing. Settlers on their way West were justifiably afraid of the Mormons, who had already left a trail of fear behind them on their way to Utah. They would move into small towns and attempt to take them over, violently if need be,to carry out the “prophecies” giving them other people’s land and resources.
My favorite is when Mormons describe the attempts of the townspeople to fight back as “anti-Mormon predjudice.” Hah. The Muslims see it the same way in their religion.
Is there not a single Bible concept these people get correct? Beyond that what are they talking about, stalking people who leave? Brow beating them to come back?
It does not appear that Mormons do that tactic anymore, whereas Muslims still do today. More importantly, Mormons do not want to replace the Constitution with Sharia.
"I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask...
Mormons are being killed by their own success. They have lost the spark that inspired people. They need to get back to where they were 75 years ago. Fewer temples, more faith. What I see is that they are morally bankrupt. Even those poor polygamous neo-Mormon cultist at least have faith in what they were doing. They would go to jail for their views—How many LDS today would do that? How many Christians would face death if confronted by evil? Many are dying for Christ each day in Egypt, and the Middle east and even Europe? I heard a sermon once where the priest asked—If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence
to convict you?
That's what we Inmen DO for you guys!
Show you the DEEPER things of MORMONism!!
And THIS fellow was the ONE who did it ALL!!!
"I am a true believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I do not believe everything that is now being taught and practiced by Brigham Young.
I do not care who hears it. It is my last word - it is so.
I believe he is leading the people astray, downward to destruction.
But I believe in the gospel that was taught in its purity by Joseph Smith, in former days.
I have my reasons for it.
"I studied to make this man's [Brigham Young] will my pleasure for thirty years.
See, now, what I have come to this day!
"I have been sacrificed in a cowardly, dastardly manner." (Lee enunciated this sentence with marked emphasis.)
He must have been a REALLY fast reloader!
You GOTTA be KIDDING us!!!
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