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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: January 31, 2012 06:05PM

"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. . . . "

("Number of Faithful Mormons Rapidly Declining," by Brian Carlson, ABC Channel 4 News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 28 January 2012, at:; the SLC Channel 4 news report also links to the original Reuters article, at:

Edited 10 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2012 07:15PM by steve benson.

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Posted by: honestone ( )
Date: January 31, 2012 06:58PM

And to think MORE were to be curious and then join due to Romney. IF he is the nominee I still don't think that will happen. Think of all the articles still to come. This is actually a very good thing.

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Posted by: onendagus ( )
Date: January 31, 2012 07:01PM

Wow! I'm on RFM overload with all of these announcements. Finally the bubble is bursting. Maybe the tipping point people have talked about really is here for the "church".

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: January 31, 2012 07:35PM

Since the church want to increase the amount of "accurate information" on the internet...

Let the church explain why Joseph Smith, while in his mid-thirties, married young teenage girls (when the average age of first marriage in Ohio and the U.S. as a whole is estimated to have been 21-22.) Let the church explain why Joseph sent married male church members off on missions and then "married" their wives behind the mens' backs. Let's see what kind of spin the church puts on that. Because the excuse that polygamy was instituted to take care of the widows may have worked thirty years ago, but it doesn't cut the mustard anymore.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2012 07:35PM by summer.

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Posted by: tofino ( )
Date: January 31, 2012 08:23PM

I hope a reporter asks Mitt where Zarahemla is located?

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