Religion census reveals substantial LDS growth

Published: Tuesday, May 1 2012 3:04 p.m. MDT

Assemblies of God, Seventh-Day Adventists and Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) all reported increased of at least 100,000 adherents as well, Thumma said.

Thumma also noted that in 30 states, the LDS Church showed the largest gains of any Christian group, while Catholics showed the largest gains in 11 states, Assemblies of God in three states and six other groups each showed the largest gain in one state, including the District of Columbia.

For Cornwall, the most interesting LDS data in the Religion Census is seen while looking at the membership penetration map and seeing where the church is not growing.

"There are areas in the heartland of America where there has been an LDS presence for a long, long time, but we just don't seem to be growing much," she observed. "We've never really appealed to the blue-collar industrial demographic. These are the same people that Mitt Romney can't seem to impress. Why is that? I think that's something the church is probably taking a good long look at."

Related list: Surveys show U.S. religiosity, from least religious states to most

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