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LDS Church membership reaches 15 million

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  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Oct. 12, 2013 1:06 a.m.

    Now we're over 15 MILLION members?

    Awesome!

    However.....Shhhhh!.....don't tell those disgruntled few who are leaving the Church. They still think our numbers are shrinking...

    This is the place. Drive on!

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    Oct. 5, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    Church member (really?):

    it's probably 15%. So what? Maybe it's 80%. So What?

    Besides, you are asking for information the Church does not keep track of so don't expect an answer anytime soon. They only count heads and they don't keep track of individuals (I am speaking of Sacrament Meeting). The % of members that have gone once to Sacrament Meeting in the last 12 months is always higher than the average number that attend SM weekly. So What?

    I have heard from missionaries that they have been asked to baptize only active LDS (think about it). If this is possible and through attrition our activity % should increase over time. However, the parable of the ten virgins may limit this to 50%.

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    Oct. 5, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    I agree. I've often wished we knew how many were active.

    But then I think, why? What would that data tell me? Anything of worth? What would the figure prove?

    Suppose a survey revealed that I was the only member who attended church on Sundays. Out of 15 million members, only Moontan showed up.

    Isn't that enough?

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    To church member: don't be curious, just hope and believe that it is all of them, why assume the worst? Why doesn't the church publish how many people had the flu last year or how many people go camping? The miracle is that they let little old, awkward me be a member.

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    I wish the church published data on how many of the 15 million have been to church in the last year. I truly would be curious. Good article.