In an interesting Tribune article (yeah, I’m tired of calling them Des News II, even though they have REALLY tempered their stuff in the past few years), the real facts about Mormon growth are laid out.
The claim that Mormonism is the fastest-growing faith in the world has been repeated so routinely by sociologists, anthropologists, journalists and proud Latter-day Saints as to be perceived as unassailable fact.
The trouble is, it isn’t true.
Well, DUH. Sorry, too much time around teens. But really, DUH.
Folks, it ain’t growing. People aren’t buying in, and when they do, it doesn’t last long. The truth about activity is only about 35-40 percent of the people they tout on their rolls (the 12 million) are actually active. And it is only a bit higher here in Utah.
By multiplying the number of members in each area by these fractions, David G. Stewart Jr. estimates worldwide activity at about 35 percent – which would give the church about 4 million active members.
Guess I understand why they are currently CHASING US DOWN…..