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Researching Mormonism: General Conference as Artifactual Gold Mine
NOTES AND COMMENTS Researching Mormonism: General Conference as Artifactual Gold Mine Richard N. Armstrong From its beginnings in the spring of 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to more than 9 million members and now adds a million new converts worldwide every three years. On Sunday, 25 February 1996, a milestone was reached when the number of Mormons living in other countries exceeded the number living in the United States.1 In fact, only about 17 percent of members currently reside in Utah.2 Clearly, the days of Mormonism as a Utah or American church have passed, and recent growth has been so impressive that non-Mormon sociologist Rodney Stark projects church membership to reach 265 million by 2080 and believes that Mormonism is on its way to becoming the next major world religion.3 In view of these rising numbers, official LDS rhetoric has been increasingly recognized (both praised and blamed) as an important factor in a number of state, regional, national, and world issues such as liquor by the drink and pari-mutuel betting in Utah (both defeated), the proposed basing of the MX missile system in Utah4 (defeated), the Equal 1. Jay M. Todd, "More Members Now Outside U.S. Than in U. S.," Ensign 26 (Mar. 1996): 76-77. 2. Tim B. Heaton, "Vital Statistics," in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, 5 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 4:1518-37. 3. Rodney Stark, "The Rise of a New World Faith," Review of Religious Research 26 (1984): 409-12. See also Armand L. Mauss, ed., "Mormons and Mormonism in the Twenty-first Century: Prospects and Issues," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 29 (Spring 1996), for a special issue on the growth of the church. 4. Steven A. Hildreth, "The First Presidency Statement on the MX in Perspective," Brigham Young University Studies 22 (Spring 1982): 215-25.