Sunday, December 26, 2010

LDS Church Membership Growth Unspun

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has grown every decade since its beginning in the 1830s. After its startup growth rates averaging 10% to 25% per year in the 1830s and 1840s, it grew at about 4% per year through the last four decades of the 19th century. After a steady slowing of growth in the first four decades of the 20th century to a rate of about 2% per year in the 1930s, growth boomed to an average of 6% per year for the decade around 1960, staying around 4% to 5% through 1990. After 1990, average annual growth again slowed to a rate around 2.5% for the first decade of the 21st century, still double the world population growth rate of 1.2% for the same period.

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