well informed,Unfortunately you aren't very "well
informed" about LDS church teachings. The whole purpose of the LDS practice
of temple work for the dead is to seal families together throughout the
eternities and to open up the opportunity for salvation to all of the multitudes
of people throughout history who otherwise would not have had the chance to hear
and learn about it.
If we pretend for a second that every single member of the Church will be
exalted then that represents only 0.215% of Heavenly Father's children.What about the other 99.785% of his children? According to the doctrine
of the Church they will end up in the Terrestial Kingdom, Telestial Kingdom, or
outer darkness. It is hard to imagine or believe that Heavenly
Father would be okay with only a small, small percentage of his children getting
in the Celestial Kingdom and the other 99.785% get left out.
"And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its
numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who
sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who
were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their
dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of
the great whore whom I saw." --1 Nephi 14:12It was prophesied
from the beginning that we would never be that large compared to the whole
J. Smith--Math trips us all up at times. (16,313,735/7,600,000,000 = 0.00215).
That equals 0.215%.
There are 7,600,000,000 people in the world and 16,313,735 of them are Mormon.
That means 0.002% of the world are LDS (not including those who have died)...
>>The rate of growth of the church is slowing; has been for some time
now.Some, but not that much--the Church has been adding around
300,000 names annually to the membership rolls for quite some time. The stats
announced this past Saturday reported about 200,000 converts and 100,000
children turning eight and getting baptized. That's really quite
respectable given the overall decline in religious devotion throughout the
world.In any case, we shouldn't be too anxious for rapid
growth. For any global organization, rapid growth brings all kinds of
challenges. Just getting the curriculum materials translated and released
simultaneously must be a nightmare.
Statistics regarding numbers of stakes, wards, missions, missionaries, members,
(new) children of record [which at some point since then became the number
reported for babies named & blessed in church], converts added, etc., has
been given in General Conference from 1945 onward in April General
Conference.When considering these numbers from past years, numbers
reported during this April 2019 General Conference help to tell a story of the
ebb and flow of missionary work, marriages made and un-made, members serving
proselyting missions, some members withdrawing from membership, babies born,
named & blessed, and more.The good news is that the Church
continues to grow. But, as ultragrampa put it, the rate of Church growth has
indeed been slowing for years.One area which is quite apparent is
the statistic called 'New Children of Record'. This number the
Church's membership department informed me is the number of babies named
& blessed in Church.I went through all years back to the April
1946 General Conference Report, and found that the current rate of babies named
& blessed in church is indicative of the lowest birth rate ever in the
Church. This is a problem.
Emmanuel, Church members continually drift into inactivity or come back into
church activity due to a multitude of different factors and reasons. I very
seldom hear mention of the approximately 20-25 million lapsed Catholics in the
United States alone, the many inactive, "cultural," or non-practicing
Jews, or of the millions of mainline Protestants who have faded into inactivity
during the past few decades. Come to think of it, does anybody know what
percentage of Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, or Buddhists actively practice their
respective religions? I have no idea.In any event, we would not
have had the many new temples announced during last year and this, if there was
not the resources available to build and maintain them or the people to staff
and use them.
I wonder how many of those 16 million members actually practice their religion.
The church’s leaders never say.
I don’t think members should ever base anything on how large the church
is. Because frankly it’s rather small when taking the entire world into
context. It seems big when driving from Boise to Phoenix, but beyond that it is
less than half of one percent of the world’s population. If every member
on record formed one city it would not be in the top ten largest cities. The
fact is that the church continues to grow, albeit at a much slower pace, and is
tiny in the context of the world’s population. As I travel the world for
my profession very few people know anything about the church. How you interpret
that is personal I guess but those are the facts.
"Thank you sashabill; comparison, however, is not the point. None of those
churches ever claimed they would "fill the whole earth.""That was back when there were 6 members. Comparatively, it has
filled the earth. By mentioning that the rate has slowed down
it's not paying attention to other things going on in the church or world.
Should I care exactly how many members of the chruch there are? For
me it's good news for them and nothing for me personally. Why do you care,
or why should you care? Anyway, for me it's nice as I travel
for my job, I've attended meetings in the US, Italy, China, Hong Kong,
Macau, Philippines, Indonesia, Germany, England, Australia, Samoa and Tonga last
year. I can find the chruch anywhere I go, looking out your window at lagoon
you might not have noticed the shift. The glass is half full my
Pretty insignificant when compared to the city of Chongqing, China. Even more
so when considering the earth's population.
Thank you sashabill; comparison, however, is not the point. None of those
churches ever claimed they would "fill the whole earth."
Wow!Lots of Growth.57 years ago when I was a full time two and a
half year missionary in Central America the church had about 12,000 missionaries
in the world.Our mission comprised of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 165 missionaries covered those six
countries.Now there are six different missions in Guatemala alone. Near the airport in Guatemala City is a museum. Around the inside of
the Museum is a large mural running around the top of the walls.It starts
with the Maya and then moves to the Spanish Conquistadors and then to the
Mestizos and then Los Negociantes (businessmen ) and finally it showed two young
Anglo men dressed in white shirts and dark pants and tie carrying funny little
briefcases. I was there with some of my airline friends. I knew who they were
but I asked the question. Who are they? The response. “Son Los
Mormons”. I almost popped the buttons off my shirt that we had such an
influence on a small Central American country. I was proud to be part of the
ultragrampa,Compared to several of the mainline Protestant
denominations, which have been shrinking in absolute numbers since the
1960's, (some of them nearly in a state of free fall), I would say that
the LDS church isn't doing too badly.
The rate of growth of the church is slowing; has been for some time now.