Date: May 15, 2018 10:25AM
The church started off as a theocracy. One reason people never liked it and tried to destroy it. Then after having several groups splinter off the Brigham Young branch of the Mormon church incorporated.
It's now a corporation with one stockholder. It's biggest asset is land. 40% of it's corporate headquarters is ran by volunteers. The church calls them missionaries. Much of it's land holdings are maintained and managed by missionaries. Not only do these volunteers work for free, they pay 10% of their income to do so.
The gimmick is you have to give these people something positive to believe in. A reward over the horizon they will receive if they put their shoulder to the wheel. Dangle that carrot in front of their face and socialize the masses and you really have a pretty good asset.
The church really doesn't seem all that concerned about growing. It seems very concerned about retaining what it's got. It seems concerned about what it's got is productive and making money. Does it really care about poor people in Africa? Not really. It's more concerned about the illusion it projects to it's money making base back in the US. They like the illusion of helping poor people and they like the illusion of an international church. So do some good and build a few cheap temples in the third world.
It's illusion folks and nobody understood it better than The Hinckster Hinkley. He set the model for church PR and he came up with the McTemple concept. McDonald's has the golden arches. Mormon Inc. has the golden Moroni. Whoever is selling those fiber glass statues painted gold is making out like a bandit.