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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) If you suspected the newly released U.S. Religion Census overstated the Mormons' growth rate, you were right. That’s because, this time around, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the way it reported its membership to the researchers. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.


  1. I don’t think there is a conflict here. I saw that the Church reported the 18% growth as reflected by using their total numbers throughout rather than the census numbers that suggest 45%.The LDS Church has always used the total membership numbers in their own calculations and I’m sure I don’t know why they would have reported a different number in previous studies unless the question was worded for ‘active’ participation. Who knows. But it doesn’t really matter, either way.

  2. @Peggy Fletcher:I fail to see your point. There was no attempt to deceive or hide any information by the LDS Church. Maybe this was just another attempt to get picked up on the national wire because the article had the word “Mormon” in it.