"I suspect my fellow church members are not much bothered by that," Otterson wrote. "Because 'mainstream' is a modern term, it isn't found in scripture, and the scriptural inference of what God truly values is quite the opposite. God appears to be more interested in using the word 'peculiar' to describe his people … It is this sense of distinctiveness that Mormons cherish."
Mormons, Otterson continued, "want acceptance, but not assimilation. No church leader I have ever heard preach has suggested that Mormons should drop their distinctiveness — the very characteristics that the pew study identifies — in order to become more popular with the world at large."
In the end, Otterson said, "social currents will flow the way they will flow, but Mormons won't follow the course of least resistance. In the mainstream or out, Latter-day Saints will strive to be good Mormons, true believers, kind neighbors and faithful friends."
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