Date: January 30, 2023 10:45PM
We have to be honest. 1) Most "religious" people don't read the bible/or believe anything other than what's preached at them. You can leave out a lot of God's directions, Jesus' teachings, Apostles, disciples words/actions because those that are "smart" or learned know that most of the prophet books and apostle writings weren't written by them. 2) Until there's a real and truthful survey or census even the members know how many members there are. It's one of the biggest jokes that they have wards where the activity rate is so low, they can't find enough priesthood holders/members to fill the positions necessary to run the ward.--So in places like South America, people join/get baptized to never attend again; they're actually counted as members of J.W.s Evangelical, Catholic, Mormon-So we have 1 person/soul who is split 4 ways numberically as "Church Growth". In Europe, it's getting down right ironic. LDS corp claims growth of any sort while having to close branches, missions.
Now I suggest you go watch the Mormon Discussions/Mormon Expressions w/John Larsen "Why don't Mormons Leave?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMUIgzrM4WQ
We all know or have people in and around us, that are PIMO Members PIMO stands for physicaly in mentally out. It's like Thomas Jefferson a devout agnostic; loved parts of the bible, but hated the lies, myths, magic, supernatural....so he created "The Jefferson Bible" OR The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible
; so let the PIMO's stay there. They could be hurt worse by losing family, friends, employment, clients, customers.... But also like J.Larsen explains (and I did look up his definitions/stats) when people (70%) are dealt with trauma, warnings of wars, volcanos, illnesses, fires, etc... They go into doing the only thing they know how. He gave examples of how many people in the Twin Towers just went back to work even after the plane hit and the warnings alarms went off. He also explained that of the 30% that do react, half (15%) do the absolutely panic thing (lock themselves in bathrooms, crawl under desks, etc... rather than exiting thedanger area. There's a book by Richard Adams called "Watership Down"; it starts out as a group of bunnies who listened to their spiritual leader and decided to go find a new place. Sweet little rabbits? They have wars, They have to fight starvation, they have to beg members of other groups that they're being fed/kept by furriers/farmers that just want to eat them and skin them; but the rabbits that live there, won't accept the reality or find the small loss to their population as necessary for the group survival. There's also the best description of what happens to animals when they get frozen by headlights, sounds. It's called "Going Tharn". I few many older members who refuse to accept facts or have had so many of their kids, grandkids leave, but they've "Gone Tharn". They just accept what's happening to them, their beliefs, their buildings, their wealth/income.