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The Next Mormons survey

Forty years on, most US Mormons still believe the racist priesthood/temple ban was God’s will

By Jana Riess — June 11, 2018
It's been 40 years since Mormons changed their racially based priesthood/temple ban. Yet new research shows that even now, most Mormons think the ban was God's will.

Why do people leave the LDS Church? Let’s drill down further and find out.

By Jana Riess — December 8, 2021
In 2016, we got some excellent starting data about why people leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now it's time to learn even more through a fresh wave of research--donate today to the Kickstarter campaign that will make it happen.

For US Mormons, religiosity has declined over time, study shows

By Jana Riess — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — Mormons are still more religious than the nation as a whole, but not as devout as they used to be.

Summer hiatus

By Jana Riess — June 1, 2021
I plan to be back in early September with renewed energy and some fresh perspective. Until then, God bless you.

Finally! Single Mormons have new opportunities, greater respect

By Jana Riess — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — New leadership policies and a general shift in attitude could help invigorate single members, who have low activity rates in the LDS church.

What the LDS church wants to know from young adult Mormons

By Jana Riess — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — A peek behind the scenes of a landmark survey of LDS church members reveals the stirrings of possible change.

Do Mormons leave the Church because they ‘got offended’?

By Jana Riess — January 27, 2017
Elder Bednar says that many former Mormons left the fold because they chose to be offended by something. New research raises the question: Does this explanation hold water?

How to create ex-Mormons

By Jana Riess — February 5, 2018
If the #1 reason women say they left the LDS Church is because they felt judged or misunderstood, wouldn't it be awesome if Mormons could stop with the judging?

Dear Mormon parents, it’s not just your children who are leaving the church

By Jana Riess — June 29, 2020
(RNS) — In this month's Ensign, an apostle says it's ‘simply not true’ that more members are leaving. Why, then, devote an entire issue of the magazine to discussing how to talk to members who leave?

When Mormon women can’t have the sacrament

By Jana Riess — May 12, 2020
This spring, I and several million other Latter-day Saint women have lost access to the sacrament, but it’s not because we have sinned.

With new gun rule, Mormons take a step away from Republican right wing

By Jana Riess — August 27, 2019
(RNS) — This marks the latest small step the church has taken away from the GOP, either by tweaking its policies or upholding its usual position to the right of center, while Republicans swing ever further to the right.

Calling former Mormons to participate in research study

By Jana Riess — September 7, 2019
Former members of the LDS Church who are over 18 may be eligible to be interviewed about their experiences in leaving Mormonism.

This is your brain on Mormon Facebook

By Jana Riess — September 18, 2019
Racially, religiously, and educationally, the small subset of former Mormons who are now involved in ex-Mormon social media groups are not representative of the whole.

Why it’s important that Mormon women can now be official witnesses to a baptism

By Jana Riess — October 2, 2019
Women and girls can now act as official witnesses in some Mormon rituals. While it may seem small, here's why it's actually a big deal.

Why can’t ex-Mormons just leave the LDS Church alone?

By Jana Riess — July 2, 2019
I was prepared for pushback from very orthodox Mormons who might be unwilling to admit there are serious retention problems in the U.S. LDS Church, but surprisingly, former Church members have been more resistant to the NMS survey findings.
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