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Posted by: gannosu ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 05:32PM


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Posted by: turnonthelights ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 05:38PM

I had a feeling this was happening. I wonder if the internet is slowing it down at all?

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Posted by: E2 ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 06:08PM

This is self-reported and includes inactives. So who knows. But stake growth (a more accurate measure) has declined significantly.

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Posted by: runtu ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 06:09PM

Yep, this "census" just plugs in the church's numbers without any qualification. Given the terrible activity rates, these numbers are highly inflated.

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Posted by: canadianfriend ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 09:58PM

They don't want to be seen as a secret society, but until they tell the truth (verified independently) that's exactly what they are.

Number of active members? That's a secret.

Annual income from tithing? That's a secret.

Financial statements? That's a secret

Temple rituals? That's a secret

"We are not a cult", says Elder Holland.

Then why all the secrets?

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Posted by: Other Than ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 07:47PM

The LDS Church also lists children as members. Most Christian churches do not list children as members (at least not until much older). That alone will skew the stat and make them look like they're growing at a tremendous rate compared to everyone else.

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Posted by: onendagus ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 05:41PM

Oh Yay! So then it must be the one true church! Oh wait, what do you say? Fewer ward units were created last year than ever? Satan has such a hold on people and even the very elect are led astray...SO then it must be the one true church! Oh Yay!

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Posted by: SL Cabbie ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 08:01PM


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Posted by: Timothy ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 06:48PM

... it was the fastest growing church in the world today.

Now its the fastest growing church in America?

Hell, its not even the fastest growing church in Utah where it has a distinct advantage.

Hope Cabbie's got an ample supply of filters!

Timothy

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Posted by: SL Cabbie ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 08:01PM


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Posted by: Heresy ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 06:55PM

careful of the original source. This outfit is just a front for laundering the church's own fantasy numbers. Mormons will try to use them on you all the time.

ARIS and Pew have far more accurate numbers from huge surveys.

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Posted by: PapaKen ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 08:00PM

Does ARIS or Pew have any reports of their surveys?

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Posted by: m ( )
Date: May 01, 2012 07:14PM

so marlin K. Jensen was lying when he said recently
the church was hemorrhaging members?

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