Tips for New LDS Bloggers

Tips for New LDS Bloggers

There are 114 comments on the Mormanity story from Jan 10, 2008, titled Tips for New LDS Bloggers. In it, Mormanity reports that:

I've been getting a lot of email recently from enthusiastic LDS folks anxious to start blogging, inspired by some recent comments of Elder Russel M. Ballard encouraging students and others to take up blogging ... via Mormanity

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“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#101 Dec 16, 2008
2007 YEARBOOK OF AMERICAN CHURCHES
The 2007 Yearbook reports the largest 25 denominations/communions in the U.S.(Also Listed are the total number of member reported for the U.S.).
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CHURCHES REPORTING INCREASES:
The Catholic Church, 69,135,254 members, reporting an increase of 1.94 percent.

Assemblies of God, 2,830,861 members, reporting an increase of 1.86 percent.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,690,672 members, reporting an increase of 1.63 percent.

Jehovah's Witnesses, 1,046,006 members, reporting an increase of 1.56 percent.

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,440,405 members, reporting an increase of .53 percent.

The Southern Baptist Convention, 16,270,315 members, reporting an increase of .02 percent.

Churches of Christ, 1,639,495 members, reporting an increase of 9.30 percent (This increase reports the church's growth since its last reported figures in 1999.)
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CHURCHES REPORTING NO INCREASE OR DECREASE:

The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no increase or decrease reported.

National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., 5,000,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

National Baptist Convention of America, 3,500,000, no increase or decrease reported.

African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, 1,071,615 members, no increase or decrease reported.

The Orthodox Church in America, 1,064,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.

Baptist Bible Fellowship International, 1,200,000, no increase or decrease reported.
~~~~~~~~~~
CHURCHES REPORTING DECREASES:
United Church of Christ, 1,224,297, reporting a decrease of 3.28 percent.

Presbyterian Church (USA), 3,098,842 members, reporting a decrease of 2.84 percent.

American Baptist Churches in the USA, 1,396,700, reporting a decrease of 1.97 percent.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,850,776, reporting a decrease of 1.62 percent.

Episcopal Church, 2,247,819, reporting a decrease of 1.59 percent.

The United Methodist Church, 8,075,010 members, reporting a decrease of 1.36 percent.

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,440,864, reporting a decrease or .93 percent.

“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#102 Dec 16, 2008
Grandpasmurf952 wrote:
I see that all of the Mormon Trolls are busy spreading misinformation. The fact remains there is just to much documented evidence to ignore!
The mormon church is directly responsible for the
Mountain Meadows Massacre and should be held accountable!
Here is another good site ran by one of the descendants of one of the victims.
http://1857massacre.com/
I will continue to post sites that I feel will be helpful, I urge others to do likewise!
Just like the holocast, those who would deny the truth need to be exposed!
Don't you have a bridge you can stand under?

“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#103 Dec 16, 2008
John Coffey wrote:
Unlike some other churches, its very hard to determine if the LDS church is in fact the fastest growing church. In fact, its almost impossible to determine the actual membership of the church itself. The LDS leadership does not release its data, other than announcing its rough membership numbers at the pulpit in general conference. We do not know how many are excommunicated or resign per year, or have died. Some say that a mormon is counted till he is 100 years old, and that resignations and excommunications are not counted. Of course, we can't crunch these numbers because they are not available. Why?
Really....according to the Evangelicals who wrote the book "The New Mormon Challenge" that is not their take on LDS membership records.
http://ldsfocuschrist.blogspot.com/2007/10/an...
One difficulty with the self-reported membership figures of any reli­gious denomination is knowing how accurate those figures are. Some denominations have been known to deliberately inflate their numbers, and others use faulty means of data collection that result in inflation. In case one should think that the LDS Church has deliberately inflated her official mem­bership figures, as is sometimes suggested, one should note Stark's comments about them: "One of the great scholarly advantages in studying the Mor­mons," he writes, "is the extraordinary detail and high quality of their records and their recognition that statistics are at least as vital as names and dates."'" "It is worth noting," he further states, "that Mormon statistics are extremely reliable (is there another denomination that actually sends out auditors to check local figures?)....[The research efforts of other denom­inations shrink to insignificance when compared with the quality, scope, and sophistication of the work of the Mormon social research depart­ment....[T]he right data are being collected in the right way."17

The membership figures reported by the LDS Church, as with all denom­inations, do not represent actual church attendance and commitment. As with other groups, the LDS Church has names on its roles of many members who are inactive and people who no longer consider themselves adherents to the faith. But to the degree that any denomination's membership figures indi­cate anything, the LDS figures are indicative of tremendous growth during the last few decades and the potential for even greater growth in the decades ahead. Thus, I agree with Stark that if there is no change in the process, LDS growth rates will remain close to what they have been during the last three decades, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become one of the world's largest religious organizations within the lifetimes of our chil­dren and grandchildren. I do not, however, agree that if LDS membership fully meets or even exceeds Stark's highest projections, this would constitute Mormonism as a world religion. It is worth commenting on this, since pre­dictions about Mormonism's ascendancy to the status of a world religion are sometimes used in propaganda for and against the movement.

“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#104 Dec 16, 2008
Sorry....the part in the previous post under the link is an excerpt from that site. Here is more from that site about the LDS Church written by Evangelicals in the Book "The New Mormon Challenge"

http://ldsfocuschrist.blogspot.com/2007/10/an...

Mormonism's Challenge for World Missions
The Next World Religion?
In 1969 Jack W Carlson boldly predicted that by the year 2000 the Mormon population of the world would rise from 2.6 million of the world's 3 billion inhabitants to 8.5 million of a projected 5 billion inhabitants.3 Carlson was mistaken. The world's population and LDS Church member­ship both exceeded his predictions, but not equally. World population grew approximately 20 percent higher than predicted; LDS membership exceeded the prediction by 29 percent. In the year 2000, world population reached 6.1 billion persons, and LDS Church membership surpassed 11 million mem­bers (with slightly more than half living outside the United States).

In 1984 Rodney Stark, the eminent sociologist of religion and profes­sor at the University of Washington, wrote an important article in which he made an even bolder prediction. He claimed that with Mormonism we are witnessing the rise of a new world faith. In that article he attempted to demonstrate "that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mor­mons, will soon achieve a worldwide following comparable to that of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and the other dominant world faiths." He stated: "Indeed, today they stand on the threshold of becoming the first major faith to appear on earth since the Prophet Mohammed rode out of the desert."'

Stark went on to examine the patterns of growth in the then-150 years of Mormonism's existence. He considered various factors that are known to slow the growth of other religious movements and found that Mormonism has historically grown even when those factors were present. This is due largely to the fact that Mormonism is unsurpassed in its missionary efforts and has many social benefits to offer converts. These and other factors favor a continued rate of rapid growth.

Stark initially projected that if Mormonism continues to grow at a some­what slower average rate than it did in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, it will have a membership of more than 265 million people within a hundred years." In a 1996 update of his original study, comparing his projections with fifteen years of actual growth," Stark found that actual growth exceeded his most optimistic prediction by nearly a million persons. If one recalculates from 1997 membership figures with the same rate of growth Stark used in his ini­tial study, Mormonism will have a membership of over 580 million by the end of the century.?

One might be skeptical of Stark's projections; many social scientists ini­tially were. Stark reports that after publishing his predictions, he received considerable resistance from peers." Some had assumed that Mormonism's tremendous rate of growth was largely the result of higher-than-average birth rates and that sooner or later those rates would level off. In response, Stark pointed out that most Mormon growth was from converts, not natural increase. He buttressed the point by showing that in 1991 there were 3.97 converts for every child baptized. The ratio has since increased: according to recent data, there are now 4.23 converts for every child baptized? As Stark says, this allows us to see something of immense significance about Mor­monism: at any given moment, the majority of Latter-day Saints are first‑generation converts.10

“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#105 Dec 16, 2008
John Coffey wrote:
Unlike some other churches, its very hard to determine if the LDS church is in fact the fastest growing church. In fact, its almost impossible to determine the actual membership of the church itself. The LDS leadership does not release its data, other than announcing its rough membership numbers at the pulpit in general conference. We do not know how many are excommunicated or resign per year, or have died. Some say that a mormon is counted till he is 100 years old, and that resignations and excommunications are not counted. Of course, we can't crunch these numbers because they are not available. Why?
I happen to know that those who die are not counted and they do not count excommunications or those who have their names removed as well. There are ones who stop going like in all Churches but like my son said who just recently returned from his mission they would tract into them and a large portion of them were reactivated.

“Mystical Atheism for everyone!”

Since: Nov 08

El Cerrito California

#106 Dec 17, 2008
So many of the mormon posters are angry because I keep bringing up the fact that their leaders have not apologized for , or acknowledged responsibility for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. the denial borders on the irrational. I posted the website with the official anouncement. I will post it again:

" "We express profound regret for the massacre carried out in this valley 150 years ago today, and for the undue and untold suffering experienced by the victims then and by their relatives to the present time," Elder Eyring said.

"A separate expression of regret is owed the Paiute people who have unjustly borne for too long the principal blame for what occurred during the massacre," he said. "Although the extent of their involve- ment is disputed, it is believed they would not have participated without the direction and stimulus provided by local church leaders and members."

Now I ask the community , is this an apology and admission of guilt ? Of course not !
expressing regrets is not an apology !
And the leader cleary states that it was the fault of the local church ,deflecting blame from where it should be placed!
Their denial and irrational attacks accusing me of lying are not going to win !
Truth will win in the end!
WE (yes , I don't defend truth by myself) will not be silenced! The world needs to know the horrors that have been done in the name of God by the mormon church!
John Coffey

Saint George, UT

#107 Dec 17, 2008
Hannah Rebekah wrote:
2007 YEARBOOK OF AMERICAN CHURCHES
The 2007 Yearbook reports the largest 25 denominations/communions in the U.S.(Also Listed are the total number of member reported for the U.S.).
~~~~~~~
CHURCHES REPORTING INCREASES:
The Catholic Church, 69,135,254 members, reporting an increase of 1.94 percent.
Assemblies of God, 2,830,861 members, reporting an increase of 1.86 percent.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,690,672 members, reporting an increase of 1.63 percent.
Jehovah's Witnesses, 1,046,006 members, reporting an increase of 1.56 percent.
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,440,405 members, reporting an increase of .53 percent.
The Southern Baptist Convention, 16,270,315 members, reporting an increase of .02 percent.
Churches of Christ, 1,639,495 members, reporting an increase of 9.30 percent (This increase reports the church's growth since its last reported figures in 1999.)
~~~~~~~~~~
CHURCHES REPORTING NO INCREASE OR DECREASE:
The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no increase or decrease reported.
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., 5,000,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
National Baptist Convention of America, 3,500,000, no increase or decrease reported.
African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., 2,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, 1,071,615 members, no increase or decrease reported.
The Orthodox Church in America, 1,064,000 members, no increase or decrease reported.
Baptist Bible Fellowship International, 1,200,000, no increase or decrease reported.
~~~~~~~~~~
CHURCHES REPORTING DECREASES:
United Church of Christ, 1,224,297, reporting a decrease of 3.28 percent.
Presbyterian Church (USA), 3,098,842 members, reporting a decrease of 2.84 percent.
American Baptist Churches in the USA, 1,396,700, reporting a decrease of 1.97 percent.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,850,776, reporting a decrease of 1.62 percent.
Episcopal Church, 2,247,819, reporting a decrease of 1.59 percent.
The United Methodist Church, 8,075,010 members, reporting a decrease of 1.36 percent.
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,440,864, reporting a decrease or .93 percent.
Was each church allowed to report their own data?
John Coffey

Saint George, UT

#108 Dec 17, 2008
Hannah Rebekah wrote:
<quoted text>
I happen to know that those who die are not counted and they do not count excommunications or those who have their names removed as well. There are ones who stop going like in all Churches but like my son said who just recently returned from his mission they would tract into them and a large portion of them were reactivated.
How do you know. I don't doubt you believe it, but my suspicions lie in the church itself, who will not release its membership numbers. As bishop I worked with membership in Salt Lake city on occasion, and I continued to have the gut feeling that their numbers were not correct. Why does the LDS church not release its data and how it counts a member?

“"LDS Christian"”

Since: Nov 07

Orem, UT

#109 Dec 22, 2008
John Coffey wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you know. I don't doubt you believe it, but my suspicions lie in the church itself, who will not release its membership numbers. As bishop I worked with membership in Salt Lake city on occasion, and I continued to have the gut feeling that their numbers were not correct. Why does the LDS church not release its data and how it counts a member?
For one....my daughter died and her records were sent in to LDS headquarters and are no longer part of our family group records as they went into the deceased files....we were asked to check over them to make sure all of the information was correct before this was done. Second....because the Evangelicals who have been saying so would like nothing more than to say they we cheat on our records and how we count them but they are the ones who have praised the LDS Church for their accuracy.
Sure there will be some discrepancies because no records are always going to be accurate because of human faults but the Church has nothing to prove to inflate records....it is what it is. And if someone's records are on the rolls of the Church for 100 years as you claim I'm sure it is because the Ward in which they are there have never received a notice to forward them on to a new Ward for a number of reasons. Could be that the persons fell through the cracks by going inactive....or became deceased and the Church was never notified and so that would be why those records are still there and the 100 years is just a way to take them off knowing they are at that time presumed dead at that time....very logical....wouldn't you say?
All Churches count inactive members. There is noting sinister about that as the hope is that they will come back and many do at a later time in their lives.
I find it ironic that you would question this when you have no proof to back up your claims...just cynicism...that's not proof that a real Rational mind would buy into....I thought you prized facts not conjecture. You talk out of both sides of your mouth....can you admit it?
John Coffey

Saint George, UT

#110 Dec 23, 2008
Hannah Rebekah wrote:
<quoted text>
For one....my daughter died and her records were sent in to LDS headquarters and are no longer part of our family group records as they went into the deceased files....we were asked to check over them to make sure all of the information was correct before this was done. Second....because the Evangelicals who have been saying so would like nothing more than to say they we cheat on our records and how we count them but they are the ones who have praised the LDS Church for their accuracy.
Sure there will be some discrepancies because no records are always going to be accurate because of human faults but the Church has nothing to prove to inflate records....it is what it is. And if someone's records are on the rolls of the Church for 100 years as you claim I'm sure it is because the Ward in which they are there have never received a notice to forward them on to a new Ward for a number of reasons. Could be that the persons fell through the cracks by going inactive....or became deceased and the Church was never notified and so that would be why those records are still there and the 100 years is just a way to take them off knowing they are at that time presumed dead at that time....very logical....wouldn't you say?
All Churches count inactive members. There is noting sinister about that as the hope is that they will come back and many do at a later time in their lives.
I find it ironic that you would question this when you have no proof to back up your claims...just cynicism...that's not proof that a real Rational mind would buy into....I thought you prized facts not conjecture. You talk out of both sides of your mouth....can you admit it?
Hannah, I am sorry about your daughter. No parent should outlive their kids. I have kids of my own, and I can't imagine the heartache that must have caused or still causes. Even though we disagree on religion, We are both parents and my heart goes out to you on your loss. Some of my kids have grown, and some are still at home, but at the VERY least, they are our eternal life.

Since: Aug 12

San Jose, CA

#111 Sep 3, 2012
John Coffey wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you know. I don't doubt you believe it, but my suspicions lie in the church itself, who will not release its membership numbers. As bishop I worked with membership in Salt Lake city on occasion, and I continued to have the gut feeling that their numbers were not correct. Why does the LDS church not release its data and how it counts a member?
They count all those dead jews that the baptize by proxy.

“Mystical Atheism for everyone!”

Since: Nov 08

El Cerrito California

#112 Sep 10, 2012
no hilljacks allowed wrote:
<quoted text>They count all those dead jews that the baptize by proxy.
Talk about irony. The Mormons reject the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel that is at the core of the teachings of the historical Jesus.

Then they call the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel a liar by their antisemitic practice of replacement theology.

And then to top it off, they claim to have converted people by proxy, who have already accepted the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel that is at the core of the teachings of Jesus, to their bloodbath theology and their primitive and brutal patriarchal god who is supposedly wielding power in a fragmented universe that contradicts the current understanding of the nature of the Cosmos!

And to attempt to do this to the dead?

What an insult to both humanity and to GOD!

“Good day to you!”

Since: Oct 08

Earth

#113 Sep 21, 2012
Grandpasmurf952 wrote:
<quoted text>
Talk about irony. The Mormons reject the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel that is at the core of the teachings of the historical Jesus.
Then they call the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel a liar by their antisemitic practice of replacement theology.
And then to top it off, they claim to have converted people by proxy, who have already accepted the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel that is at the core of the teachings of Jesus, to their bloodbath theology and their primitive and brutal patriarchal god who is supposedly wielding power in a fragmented universe that contradicts the current understanding of the nature of the Cosmos!
And to attempt to do this to the dead?
What an insult to both humanity and to GOD!
For those not knowing Smurf and his philosophy of a god, what he teaches and believes in concerning God is not what Christianity teaches and believes in.
Smurf has ripped apart the Bible to find a small amount he'll accept and rejects the rest. So Smurf doesn't believe "IN" the Bible. He believes "OF" the Bible and only a little bit of that Bible. The rest is trash to him with no meaning.
So for those calling themselves Christians in here, beware of wolves in sheeps clothing who pretend to be one of you when he has factually stated he isn't one of you.

“Good day to you!”

Since: Oct 08

Earth

#114 Sep 21, 2012
Grandpasmurf952 wrote:
So many of the mormon posters are angry because I keep bringing up the fact that their leaders have not apologized for , or acknowledged responsibility for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. the denial borders on the irrational. I posted the website with the official anouncement. I will post it again:
" "We express profound regret for the massacre carried out in this valley 150 years ago today, and for the undue and untold suffering experienced by the victims then and by their relatives to the present time," Elder Eyring said.
"A separate expression of regret is owed the Paiute people who have unjustly borne for too long the principal blame for what occurred during the massacre," he said. "Although the extent of their involve- ment is disputed, it is believed they would not have participated without the direction and stimulus provided by local church leaders and members."
Now I ask the community , is this an apology and admission of guilt ? Of course not !
expressing regrets is not an apology !
And the leader cleary states that it was the fault of the local church ,deflecting blame from where it should be placed!
Their denial and irrational attacks accusing me of lying are not going to win !
Truth will win in the end!
WE (yes , I don't defend truth by myself) will not be silenced! The world needs to know the horrors that have been done in the name of God by the mormon church!
You're as dizzy as they come. A person that lives today has no right to apologize for the actions of someone else that is dead.
If someone feels they should be a mouth piece for a dead person and claim the dead person would apologize for their actions if alive, if someone wants to believe that tripe, have at it.
But living members of the LDS church have no reason to apologize for the actions of men that died over a century ago.
"Regret" is the proper word that should be used by a living person who feels a need to say something for the actions of a dead person that caused some kind of harm and or anguish to others that are also dead.
Unless you can prove that a dead person has came back to you and wants you to apologize for them to the living that are descendants of the dead they caused also somehow continue to cause harm to, unless you can prove that, apologies for the dead to the dead are meaningless. Let the dead apologize to the dead and leave it at that.

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