How many Millennials are really leaving the LDS Church?
Mormons in the United States used to retain about three-quarters of their young people. Now it looks to be closer to half.
Today’s Mormon missionaries: Clingy, soft, and immature?
Some reactions to last week’s announcement about Mormon missionaries can be summed up in three words, delivered in your crankiest and most stereotyped elderly male voice: “In MY day. . . .”
High-profile excommunications may harm Mormon retention rates in the long run
Several recent Mormon excommunications prompt the question: what good do they serve the religious community? New survey data suggests they may chill the enthusiasm of the folks in the pews.
More Mormon missionaries are coming home early, study shows
A growing number of Mormons who serve a mission wind up coming home early, a national study shows. What is going on?
Which Mormon practices lead to increased spiritual experiences?
It turns out that prayer and scripture study do in fact seem to help Mormons feel closer to God. Avoiding coffee and Game of Thrones? Not so much.
Forty years on, most Mormons still believe the racist temple ban was God’s will
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.
No, Brigham Young did not say that single men over the age of 25 are a menace to society
Mormons have often repeated the Brigham Young statement that a single man over the age of 25 is a menace to society. The problem is that Young never said it.
Mormon environmentalist conveys ecological message through fiction
Fewer than half of US Mormons think that climate change is caused by human activity. But one BYU professor — and now, debut novelist — is on a quiet campaign to focus on the environment.
For many former Mormons, it’s hard to be “spiritual but not religious”
Former Mormons don’t generally maintain a high level of spirituality when they decide to leave the fold, unless they become actively involved in another religion.
If Mormonism becomes liberal and progressive, won’t it decline even more?
A podcast listener takes me to task for saying that we should lighten up on Millennials, because doesn’t everyone know that religions that liberalize their standards go down the toilet? Not so fast, I respond.