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Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 6:40 p.m. MST

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cjb
Bountiful, UT

The bigger question isn't who spends more time studying the Bible, but who more closely follows the golden rule and has a better more basic understanding without false traditions of culture clouding what is said in the Bible.

If you for example believe that God is all powerful and all loving yet will consign a person to hell if they don't accept Jesus as their savior in this life time, then your conception of God is not only illogical, but you make God out to be a greater monster than Ossama Bin Ladin. You may spend lots of time reading the Bible, but you show a basic lack of understanding.

Those in the Bible belt I imagine spend more time studying the Bible than most people in Utah, but for all this time they spend they have a gross misunderstanding of the Bible.

Big Joe V
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

It depends on what you consider Bible study? If quoting the same half dozen saved by grace verses over and over again and disregarding the rest of the book constitutes Bible study, then you'll got us beat.

gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ

OK, enough people have commented on how absurd this "study" is. I'll just quote the numbers from the Barna Research Group (July 9, 2001), which showed that barely half of all Protestant adults (54%) read the Bible during a typical week, yet that Mormons are more likely to read the Bible during a week than are Protestants. See the numbers for yourselves (Denomination: %Attend Church/%Read Bible):

Catholics: 48/23; Episcopal: 30/30; Lutheran (any type): 43/32; Methodist (any) 49/43; Presbyterian (any): 49/48; Adventist: 47/49; Church of Christ: 58/53; Baptist (any type): 50/55; Assembly of God: 69/66; Christian non-denominational: 61/66; Latter-Day Saints: 71/67; Pentecostal Foursquare: 66/75

So as you can see for yourself, Latter-day Saints, except for the Pentecostals, are the most Bible-reading denomination there is. Read it for yourself at Barna's website.

Dana the Barbarian
Merced, CA

To all those who are bragging about how much more they know the Bible than Mainstream Christians because of some experience on their mission, the same can be said about many Mormons in Utah. I once tried to discuss some verses I found disturbing in the Book of Mormon to a Sister missionary at Temple Square, and along the discussion found out she had never once even read the Book of Mormon. Not all believers are equal in their devotion, no matter what faith you are. I know I have sent away many a LDS missionary dazed and confused about what was in their own D&C and Book of Mormon. So don't pat yourself too much on the back there.

Dana the Barbarian
Merced, CA

mdp Bountiful, utah wrote:

"How can anyone who studies the Bible regularly believe in the Trinity?"

How can anyone who reads and studies the Book of Mormon not believe in the Trinity?

First read 2 Nephi 31:21 and Alma 11:44 Now, look at Mosiah 15:1-5, which reads, "And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son--The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son--And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people."

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Of course, Offended Mormons will object and criticize the methodology and assumptions of any study that shows them not to be the more righteous and "peculiar" people they feel god has called them to be.

But just do some basic math:

Other Christians typically hold weekly Bible study in addition to their Sabbath worship and Sunday School, as well as daily scripture reading from the Bible. They study the 1,189 chapters of the Bible year in and year out.

Mormons focus on studying the OT and NT only every fourth year, with prophetic preference given to reading the Book of Mormon as personal scripture study. In addition to the 1,189 chapters of the Bible, they must spread their attention and study over another 239 chapters of the Book of Mormon, plus more than 138 Sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.

In light of such hard facts, I find any assertions by Mormons that they read and study the Bible more than other Christians to be hyperbolic hubris and boastful blather.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Dana the Barbarian "How can anyone who studies the Bible regularly believe in the Trinity?"

The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one=(*heis) these three agree as one=(*en)(1John 5:7,8 KJV & JST). 3 persons one God, "one in substance”E.g... … and the express image of his person=(substance/hypostasis G# 5287). Hebrews 1:3”.

RE: Twin Lights, The LDS have a better understanding of the OT and how it relates to the NT.?
N.T. Luke 23:43=[44 JST],where the Savior on the cross says to the thief, "Today shalt thou be with me in “paradise".

The Prophet explains there is nothing in the original word in Greek from which this was taken that signifies paradise; but it was ,This day shalt thou be with me in the world of spirits . (Mormon Doctrine p. 555).

The word "paradise" is not found in the O.T. per(Mormon Encyclopedia & Dictionary). Wrong,

The word "paradise" is found several times in the O.T. . The LORD(Jehovah) God planted a garden(paradeisos, G# 3857) eastward in Eden;(Gen 2:8 LXX).

… God walking in the garden (paradeisos,...(Gen 3:8 LXX).

SuziQ
Springville, UT

All I have to say is that you need to consider the source. I'm not sure why we even care about the results since active LDS people do spend a lot of time studying the gospel of Jesus from a variety of sources, including the Bible. However, if the survey was really only Salt Lake City, I'm not sure how many active LDS people were included in the survey.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

"hyperbolic hubris and boastful blather."

What's the matter, Scientist? Getting upset when people call you out for posting precisely the above?

christoph
Brigham City, UT

An America that worships movies and media and the university and politics and the Super Bowl is not reading Peter and Paul.

grip
Meridian, ID

Not only is the Book of Mormon another testament of Christ, it also testifies that "the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true." (This refers to the Bible.) I believe the Bible to be a true record as stated and read it several times on most days. I find the scriptures are very readable on my iPad. My scriptures are indexed to refer to all of the Standard Words of the LDS Church. It is wonderful to be able to cross reference all scripture to increase my understanding and respect for as much of God's word as has been revealed.

FairfaxBuddha
Fairfax, VA

Frankly, this article is ridiculous as how questions are phrased can alter the outcome of the answers. Anyone who lives near Washington, DC (80)knows that Hagerstown, MD, though a suburb, is not any different and certainly is not representative of the rest of the suburbs surrounding DC.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

While it's extremely easy to anticipate how an article like this could be used as anti-Mormon fodder, it's worth pointing out that, contrary to Time magazine's assumptions, Salt Lake City itself is not "heavily Mormon" at all. Most of the Church's membership in Utah lives in the suburbs OUTSIDE of the city, whereas the city itself has been taken over by people who, to put it gently, do not make God or religion a major part of their lives. So, it's not at all surprising that the city would rank so low on such a listing, on top of the fact that BibleGateway's survey obviously ignores people who use paper scriptures, scriptures from sources other than themselves (such as LDS.org, or Gospel Library), and any scriptures besides the Bible.

There are lies, there are dang lies, and then there are statistics.

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