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Friday, October 14, 2005

An American Home-Grown Religion: Young Mormon Missionaries Go Through a Rite of Passage and Generate Converts

Any religion that has its college-age students serve as missionaries - for 2 years before they get to attend college - is inevitably going to grow in cohesion and converts. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (the Mormons) has done just that.

Two 19-year-old Mormons travel from their homes in Salt Lake City to a town near the Black Forest in Germany. Their journey is made to fulfill their 2-year missionary obligation - and to go through a Mormon rite of passage.

Via this month's Newsweek article on "The Mormon Odyssey":

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Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ... now has more than 12 million members and, thanks to the vigorous missionary tradition started by Smith himself, is one of the fastest-growing Christian denominations in the United States.

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See, also, the BBC - and Mormons' blogs, like all-encompassingly, moonlight dreams, and Commonsense & Wonder.


  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger Rae said…

    Hat-tipped you in a post of my own on this one.



  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Rae said…

    I am pretty sure Daniel isn't Mormon and I most definitely am not.

    Perhaps you didn't mean to imply it, but your sentence structure does: "See, also, the BBC - and Mormons' blogs, like A Likely Story, Lobowalk, all-encompassingly and moonlight dreams."

    It might have sounded better to put the last two blogs first, and then mentioned "other blogs weighing in are..."

    Remember: Living in Utah doesn't mean those who do so are Mormon.

  • At 2:45 PM, Blogger demosthenes said…

    whoops - sorry - i should've said utah blogs maybe (that's how they're listed on my blogroll). i'm a presbyterian, for what it's worth-


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