FACTS: More children are born into Muslim families in a single year than the LDS church has grown in the 185 years since its founding. The Seventh Day Adventist church was founded over thirty years after Mormonism, and has 3 million more members. The Jehovah’s Witnesses began over 45 years after Mormonism, and they claim 8 million members who proselyte for their church, with about 19 million who attend their annual Memorial of Christ’s Death. Compare that with the estimated 5 million active LDS members.
SOURCES: Pew Research Forum: The Global Religious Landscape, December 2012. [source], Pew Research Forum: Global Christianity, December 2011 [source], Seventh Day Adventist World Church Statistics, 2012 [source], Jehovah’s Witness 2015 Yearbook [source], LDS Church Statistical Report for 2014 [source]
COMMENTARY: When you take a look at the big picture, you start to understand why the Pew Research Forum, in its December 2011 report on Global Christianity, lumped Mormonism into “Other Christian Traditions,” the same category it described as containing Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, the Unification Church, Swedenborgians, and Christadelphians. It almost makes Mormonism sound like a fringe group. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.