This video goes through a number of different research studies that show just how unique the Saints really are.
So in this Evidences video, I’m going to share a lot of different tables, statistics, some graphs that really illustrate how unique the Latter-day Saints are in very positive ways. So even if you don’t like statistics, I hope you’ll really enjoy this. There will be a lot of numbers you’ll see throughout this, but here, now also, it’s over the last several decades, some of this data. And I really wanted to point something out at the start is … so a lot of these things, if you were to say, “well maybe these numbers have dropped”, well they will have dropped across the board, but the Latter-day Saints, the differential there, the comparison, I think would be bigger. And I use this graph I’m going to start with to illustrate that point. I actually used this in the video I just put out here, on the Answering Critics video, talking about the New Testament.
And if you look here, this is from the Pew Research study. This just came out. In the last 10 years, the percentage of Christians in the United States has dropped from 77% to 65%. So you can look there on the left-hand side, Protestants about a 16% drop, Catholics, about a 17% drop, Latter-day Saints, no drop. In fact growth, growing along with the population, but no drop at all there. So I don’t say that lightly, that the data, probably the differentials, the gaps would be even bigger. Even though all the numbers would be lower, the gaps would be bigger. I hope that makes sense as we go along here. Okay, let’s start out.
One of my favorite ones. I love studying the gospels and this was a fascinating one. So if you look at this slide right here, “On questions about Christianity, including a battery of questions about the Bible…”
Latter-day Saints were on top. 7.9 out of 12 on average. White evangelical Protestants were second on this, which I’m sure is probably quite upsetting as they tend to attack Latter-day Saints over Christianity and the Bible. But I think about the youth getting up for seminary early. If you’re not in the headquarters of the Church where you have released time seminary, you’re getting up at 5, 5:30 in the morning every day to go and study the gospel for an hour. Think about all the studying we do in the Church. That was just a great one to show that. Okay, let’s look at life goals. Take a look at this. Again, Pew study here. Life goals, Latter-day Saints and the general public. Now you’ll see “Mormons” throughout, especially back in these time periods, the use of that term.
So look at the top. Being a good parent, 81%. So most important in life, I want you to compare the top to the bottom, so general public. So being a good parent, 81%. It’s extremely important. One of the most important things in life. And then for the general public, that’s at 50%. Having a successful marriage, 73% versus 34%. Living a very religious life, 55% versus 20%. So those top three are quite interesting.
Let’s go on to this next one here. How involved are Christians in their congregations? So if you ever feel like you’re really involved in your work, this is a great way to show that statistically you rank as the top. On this study from Pew in 2014, religious landscape study, evaluating membership and congregation, frequency of attendance at worship services and then frequency in small-group religious activities. So we were at the top there on the high category. Also look at what it says, they’re the most likely to or one of the tops in believing that the Bible is the word of God, pray daily, say religion is very important in their lives, and read scriptures regularly. That’s kind of a fun study.
Okay. Now this is something from a huge study that was done by Gallup. 676,000 interviews to establish this index. They call it the well-being index there. And what was interesting is the very religious really showed well across the board here versus the nonreligious. So that was really part of what they were trying to illustrate here in the reports that came out about this study. So if you look at them here, the Latter-day Saints for the very religious are right up towards the top with the Jewish, definitely the top for the Christians. Our composite score is not listed here, but we actually tied with the Jews for the top composite score of 69.4.
Look at the non-religious. It is interesting there that the Latter-day Saints have the lowest of … so if you are a Latter-day Saint but you’re not practicing, you have the lowest well-being. So critics would say that’s because of the shaming culture, maybe. Believers might say it’s a pricking of the Holy Ghost that may be happening. So anyway, interesting. And then look at the bottom and I thought it was interesting to point out also that no religion or atheist or agnostics, low well-being scores relative to religious as well. So it’s some fun, interesting stats there. Okay.
Now, how about happiest states? Okay, now I know Utah is not all Latter-day Saints. It’s about 62, 63% today. Idaho is number two at about 26%. But if you were to look at this, so this was a Gallup happiness poll that they did back in 2009. This was a piece that ran in the Desert News. “Move over, Disneyland. Your claim as the happiest place on earth is being challenged by a new Gallup happiness poll that ranks Utah as number one for well-being among the 50 States.” Look at number two was Hawaii. It was hard to believe we beat Hawaii there, but anyway, I thought that was kind of a fun one there.
Okay. And now the Heritage Foundation did this huge study back in the mid-nineties. It’s a great report. It’s a 29-page report. It’s called “Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability.” So if you look at this slide here, these are the things they found. They’ve got lots of studies behind these things, but it’s just a nice composite of all this evidence they found. So first, what things are higher, then the second slide will be what’s lower. So higher levels of marital happiness and stability, stronger parent-child relationships, greater education, higher levels of good work habits, greater longevity and physical health, higher levels of well-being and happiness, higher recovery rates from addiction to alcohol and drugs, higher levels of self-control, self-esteem and coping skills, higher rates of charitable donations and volunteering, higher levels of community cohesion and social support for those in need.
Okay. Now on the lower side: lower divorce rates; lower cohabitation rate; lower rates of out-of-wedlock births lower levels of teen sexual activity; less abuse of alcohol and drugs; lower rates of suicide, depression and suicide ideation; lower levels of many infectious diseases, juvenile crime, violent crime and domestic violence. I love this conclusion here. “No other dimension of life in America — with the exception of stable marriages and families, which in turn are strongly tied to religious practice — does more to promote the wellbeing and soundness of the nation’s civil society than citizens’ religious observance. As George Washington asserted, the success of the Republic depends on the practice of religion by its citizens. These findings from 21st century social science support his observation.”
Okay. What do we have next here? Oh, this was a great piece. This was in religionnews.com. They did a piece that was highlighting a Masters thesis that was done at the University of Pennsylvania by Elisa Hunter in applied psychology. And here was her thesis. Why do Mormons score consistently high in these happiness or well-being studies? We’ve talked about a couple of them here. So this article summed up five of her key points.
So number one: it’s a pro-social orientation. “A lot of research suggests that Mormons are the most pro-social group in America. Active Mormons report that they volunteer an average of 35.5 hours per month, including church callings, but not missions.” I did a whole video on that called volunteerism. “Even if you take out religious volunteering, callings, and other church services, Mormons still volunteer as much as the national average. Also, Mormons donate more than twice as much of their income as the national average of people who give to charity, and more than four times as much as national average overall. Excluding tithing, Mormons still contributed a large amount to charity, $2,000 a year.” I did a whole video on tithing as well.
Number two: focus on family. “Mormonism has a large emphasis on Family Home Evening, family, prayer, family meals, and family rituals. A review of 32 publications suggest that family rituals and routines are associated with childhood health, academic achievement, and improved marital satisfaction. Also, one surprising finding is that a study at Emory University showed that knowledge of family history greatly predicted a child’s psychological health. Researchers found higher self-esteem, lower anxiety, and lower behavior problems in kids that know their family’s stories. This could be because they develop a sense of identity that’s larger than just themselves. They’re embedded in a larger intergenerational context. Knowing that your great-grandma was able to cross the plains after her husband died could give you a greater amount of grit and self-determination.” I know personally it has for me.
Number three: purpose and meaning. “There is a substantial relationship between an individual having purpose and meaning in life and their well-being. Mormon doctrine offers its members an explanation for the purpose of life. The belief that life is a temporary learning experience to help God’s children develop lasting joy may help Mormons have positive emotion, character development, resilience, grit and meaning.” Okay, autonomy and agency. “The motivation that drives behavior has a significant impact on well-being. Behavior that that is self-motivated results in more positive outcomes. Mormon doctrine holds that part of the purpose of life is to exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. Mormons are taught that compulsion is not God’s way and Mormon doctrine emphasizes agency, autonomy, and freewill.”
And last, five: the physical health. “There’s a lot of research, of course, on the negative consequences of smoking and drinking. The Word of Wisdom includes a range of healthy behaviors and also supports the general ideal that there’s a deep connection between our bodies and our minds. Positive psychology research shows that the body and mind are so inseparably connected that it’s misleading to regard them as two separate entities. What positive psychology is saying about health is not that different from what Mormons hear in church about their body being a temple. This emphasis on health may explain in part why Mormons have lower risk for cardiovascular disease and live on average 5 to 10 years longer than other people. Periodic fasting actually plays a part too. Even controlling for the facts that Mormons don’t drink or smoke, researchers attribute this lower disease rate to periodic fasting.” That’s all the rave today, right? I actually did a Word of Wisdom video on that too, recent studies on that from a health perspective.
Okay. Now there is a phenomenal study that was done. Just very, very detailed for youth. And I’ve actually got the e-book for it, and it’s called Soul Searching. This was done 2002, 2003. The religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers. Really fascinating. I want to show you some great slides from that study.
Now this here, there’s a code for what these letters mean on there. So the US is the national average and then religious traditions, you have CP is conservative Protestant, MP is mainline Protestant. BP is black Protestant, RC is Roman Catholic, J is Jewish, LDS you know who that is, and then non-religious at the end there. So if you look here at this first slide, religious life and families. And I’ll just highlight. So this survey was called the National Survey of Youth and Religion, and, like I said, a whole book on this. So I’m just showing you a couple of key slides.
So this one here, look at this. “Family talks about God, the scriptures, prayer, or other religious or spiritual things together every day.” Look at the Latter-day Saint teen, 50%. Look at everybody else. I mean this just blows everyone away on the statistics here. Look at the one down below. “Teens pray out loud or silently with one or both parents, other than at mealtimes or religious services.” 79%. Again, very high as number one. Okay, next one here. “Currently involved in a religious youth group”, 72%, and you can just see the other numbers across the board there. “Youth group and participation rate”, 75%. This is interesting. “Congregation as a designated youth minister”, that is a volunteer. Look at that. 85%. Most have that as a paid position kind of thing. As you know, we have callings in the church that are not paid and that’s how it runs.
How about this? “Youth group teen is involved with part of a teen’s religious congregation?” 66%. I was so surprised to see that being such a high number relative to others. I thought that’s how it was for everybody. All right. “Frequency of current youth group attendance.” More than once a week. Latter-day Saints, very high. About once a week, still number one, even combined the two together. “Type of youth group involvement: teen is a leader.” Look at that, 36, very, very high compared to anyone else. And then look at “not involved”. The youth group not being involved in that perspective, the lowest by quite a bit.
Okay. A few more. “Importance of religious faith shaping daily life”. If you rate that as extremely important. Latter-day Saints, 43%. just blows away all the other numbers. The next one, “importance of faith shaping major life decisions”. 52%. Look at it, look at all the other numbers. Just amazing differences.
Okay. Let’s go to the next slide. Okay. This is the last one for now, from this book. So in the prior year, did your teen do one of these things?: “Teach a Sunday school class or religious education class”, 42%. Top score for Latter-day Saints by a long shot. “Fasted or denied themselves something as a spiritual discipline”. Number one by a long shot, Latter-day Saints. “Been part of any other scripture study or prayer group”, 50. On top there. “Sang in a religious group”, the black Protestants, 52, barely beat the Latter-day Saints there. “Read a devotional or spiritual book other than the scriptures”. Big, big number one there for Latter-day Saints. “Spoke publicly about our own faith in a religious service”. Look at that. Huge there. That’s probably those giving youth talks. “Tried to participate in a weekly day of rest on the Sabbath”. 67%. Look at that. It’s nearly double most of the others. “Shared own religious faith with someone not of their faith”, 72. Highly above everyone. And then the last one on here to highlight is “frequency of teen praying alone many times a day”. That was the Latter-day Saints on top.
Okay, so then looking at how committed the Latter-day Saint youth are and then the family study, some of the things we mentioned. This was an interesting article. LDS Living published this in June of 2014. So if you look here, it says, “In a recent study from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, which represented about 14,000 American youth, it was discovered that religious youth with intact families are less likely to drink, do drugs, engage in physical intimacy. Additionally, the study pointed out that religious teens also have a higher GPA in high school. A separate study indicates that teens who practice religion will achieve a higher level of marital happiness and stability, develop greater educational aspirations, contribute more generously to their community, live longer and healthier lives, and display higher levels of self-control and self-esteem.”
Okay. Now I’m going to show you a few slides from a book. I had to actually literally take pictures with my phone to show you these here, but just a few slides. They’re interesting specifically in the education area, but this was Shield of Faith. This is actually BYU Religious Study Center in conjunction with Desert Book that published this. Brent Top, Bruce Chadwick and Richard McClendon. The power of religion in the lives of LDS youth and young adults. Lots of internal studies, men versus women, different parts of the world and different things internal. But they do have a decent amount of other aspects where they’re doing some national comparisons and things. And so I took a few that were unique in a few different areas.
So here, education was one I wanted to show you, specifically grades. So first of all, grades in high school. Look at the top line there. Getting A’s in high school. Young men, that are Latter-day Saints, 25%. National sample, 9. Young women, 33 to 14. So about two and a half times the national average there. Okay. How about post high school educational expectations? So this is what you’re expecting to do. Look, I thought it was fascinating. Graduate or professional school, 58% of young men, that’s their expectation is graduate or professional school, versus the national sample of 15.7, so almost four times that. Young women for college, it was almost a double. 36.7 versus 60. Even graduate or professional, Latter-day Saints were higher, 29 to 22 roughly. Okay. Then educational attainment. Now this is returned missionaries, so this is the reality of actual attainment. So college 40% versus the national average at 18. Now these are 35 to 44 year olds, the measurement here, and then graduate school 25% versus 8, so a triple on there.
Okay. Now, then taking that one step further, this last piece here, if you look at it, it’s looking at first of all, employment. 98% employed, 93% US, again based on when this was done a while back, and then the women 57 versus 77 and that’s actually… Again, these are returned missionaries. And so maybe illustrating also some choosing to stay home as mothers there. And then the bottom is family income. So if you look there at the bottom two categories, 50,000 to 75,000, 30% returned missionary, US 24. 75,000 and over is 31 versus 28. And then if you also think about this, the majority of the US statistics today would be two-income families. So if you actually adjust for that, these numbers would actually be quite a bit larger.
And in fact, this is a book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. And they actually highlight the Latter-day Saints, Cuban immigrants, and the Jews are the three categories, three groups, cultural groups as they call them, that they highlight as being very successful above what they would be expected to be statistically, especially after adjusting for different things. But it is interesting. Superiority and insecurity and impulse control are the three key categories, but they talk about impulse control. The mission is a big example there.
And in fact an interesting article or an online blogger that’s pretty famous in the Church, Greg Trimble, put together this piece back in 2015 with some statistics that were coming out about venture capital funding in Utah that was off the charts, number one that year. So he put this article out. It’s called, “Venture Capitalists Are Proving Just How Valuable A Mormon Mission Really Is.”
And I’ll link to this, but look here, this underlined line, it talks about “They received an education that cannot be bought at Harvard, Stanford or any other top institutions in the country. They learn how to think on their feet. They become masters at resolving concerns. They learn how to respond intelligently and analyze situations thoroughly and naturally.” And it just goes on and on about all the things you learn from a mission. Look at the second bullet point. “Whether they know it or not, venture capitalists are proving just how valuable a Mormon mission really is by backing companies that employ massive amounts of these individuals.” Now listen to the numbers. “Did you realize that venture capitalist firms invested more money in Provo-Orem company startups per deal than any other place in the United States in 2014? San Francisco came in second place and then Salt Lake occupied the third spot for the highest dollar amount per venture capital deal. This means that the cities along the Wasatch front occupy two of the top three spots that investors wanted to invest their money in 2014.”
And then just the other day, literally, this is January 7th, 2020. This was in the Provo Daily Herald. “Study Shows LDS Sister Missionaries Gain Leadership Skills Used in Workplace After Missions. Women who served full-time missions for the Church gain quality developmental tools that provide leadership skills in the workplace and other areas of life, according to a new study released Tuesday. The first-of-its-kind study was released by Susan Madsen, professor of organizational leadership at UVU Woodbury School of Business and founder of the Utah Women and Leadership Project. Madsen said she expected no more than 200 responses to the survey but was inundated with 687 responses, most of which were detailed. From the responses, a list of 38 competency categories were created and ranked by percentage of individual respondents who mentioned each.” Here’s the top five: “Public speaking, conflict management, courage, interpersonal skills, and problem solving. Madsen said there is much more and much deeper information that is yet to be compiled from this project. It will be published later this year.”
And I remember, I’m going to give you a great example. Sharon Eubank. She spoke at the FairMormon Conference several years ago. It was called, “This is a Woman’s Church.” And it was the only time I can remember a standing ovation that just went on for minutes, it seemed like. It was just phenomenal. But at the beginning of her talk, she talked about her mission to Finland. She said she could have never even given this talk if she hadn’t gone on that mission. So anyway, but it was one of the best talks I think I’ve ever heard in my life. And I thought it was stunning that she actually admitted that. She said she was really shy before her mission and she couldn’t have done that.
Okay. Now this was an interesting piece that Vox did. This was just in March of 2019, and they were focusing on why Latter-day Saints’ membership of the Church was not plummeting like we’re seeing in other Christian churches. And so again, looking at some… Everyone keeps asking why. Why this, why that? And trying to point to different things. So here’s what they had to say. So here’s some bullet points. “Today, white evangelical Protestants account for 15% of the adult population, down from nearly a quarter a decade ago.” That’s 40% drop. “By contrast, Mormons have held steady at roughly 2% for the last several years.” “The Southern Baptist Convention, the heart of conservative Protestantism, has sustained 12 straight years of membership losses.” And since ’07 they’ve actually shed 1.2 million members.
“The success of the Mormon church may have to do with their unrelenting focus on the family. 81% of Mormons say being a good parent is one of their central life goals. Nearly 75% have a good marriage as one of their most important priorities in life. There’s no better illustration of this emphasis than family home evening. The Church introduced this officially-sanctioned weekly event in 1915 with the goal of strengthening family ties and engaging children in religious and spiritual activities such as prayer, hymns, reading scripture. Sociologist Vern Bengtson, author of Families and Faith, described family home evening as among the most successful religious programs, fostering intergenerational connections.”
And then the next three bullet points, I’m going to show you the actual data that they took from Pew. So this first one here was “likely to be married”. So if you look there, 66% of Latter-day Saints married versus Christians overall, 52%. The next slide is “a spouse within the faith”, so 82% have spouses that they share the faith with. It’s the highest of any of the Christian denominations. And then children, 3.4 children, so 40 to 59 year olds have 3.4 kids on average versus the average Christian 2.2. The final three points, so those top three bullet points were the slides I just showed you. Then they say, “Recent research has shown that when Americans are raised in households with parents of different religious backgrounds, they have weaker attachment to religion as adults and are more likely to disaffiliate. Divorce has also shown to hamper the transmission of religious values. Because the vast majority of Mormon children are raised in two-parent Mormon households, they are far more likely to receive robust and consistent religious instruction throughout their childhood.”
And the Pew Research 2014 Religious Landscape Survey found that 64% of those raised in a Mormon household still identify as Mormons as adults, better than that of most other Christian denominations. “Among the 350 families he studied, no religious group was more effective in passing on their religious identity and beliefs to their children than Mormons.”
Okay. Then the Church actually put something in the Church news to highlight a big study of teenagers that was done by the University of North Carolina, and this was back in 2005. So again, these numbers maybe have changed since then, but like I said, if you were to compare them to everybody else, I’m sure the gaps would be bigger. But this was a huge study, 45 different states. It looks like about 3,400 different teens there. And if you look at what I’ve underlined there, “Researchers at the University of North Carolina: ‘In general Latter-day Saint youth included in the survey ranked number one when it came to the effect of religion on their lives.’ ‘I’m not saying they’re all perfect,’ said the study’s leader, a sociologist, ‘but when belief and social outcomes are measured, Mormon kids tend to be on top.'” And so you can look at down below the statistics, if you want to pause, you can look at those and they’re similar to some of the others that we’ve looked at and a few I’m going to show you here in a minute as well.
Okay. Now, I wanted to finish by showing a group of slides, about a half dozen from that Soul Searching book that we talked about earlier. And this is fascinating when you look at the data here, I wanted to highlight specifically the devoted youth. So this is 8% of America, but here’s how they categorize this. So look at this. “Attends religious services weekly or more, faith is very or extremely important in everyday life, feels very or extremely close to God, currently involved in a religious youth group, prays a few times a week or more, reads scriptures once or twice a month or more.” So if you have an active Latter-day Saint youth, they are in that category, pretty likely. You’ve seen the statistics that we went through earlier. So with that in mind, now look at these slides, and I want you just to take it in in a couple of different aspects.
So just look at this first slide and then you’ll see as the flow goes here, is if you look at the devoted column, those numbers, the percent that answered that and then you can compare to the US on the left. But I like just looking at the disengaged, the sporadics, and the regulars compared to the devoted there. So if you look at personally cares about the poor, 69% of the Latter-Day… Well, I’m saying Latter-Day Saints, but of the devoted, care about the poor compared to the disengaged, 33%. So if you look at it from that perspective and the trend towards that, it shows the power of religion on some of these things and then also devoted versus the national and to the left. So “personally cares about the elderly” is the next one. Much higher. “Personally cares about equality”. Again, much higher.
The next slide, average number of regularly organized activities, clubs, classes, or organizations they are involved in. 3.1, double that of the disengaged. Has given money, triple that of the disengaged. Volunteer work, double that of the disengaged. Number of times volunteer work per month is double the disengaged.
Next slide, “believes that morals are relative. No definite rights or wrongs”. Only 22% said, yeah, they are relative, compared to disengaged 61%. Interesting. Lied to parents, never, 26%. As you can see how that compares. Cheated on a test, never, 45. Did things they hoped that parents would never find out, never, 24.
Okay. Sexual belief and activity. Look at these top two. Believe in waiting for marriage to have sex, 95%. Disengaged, 24%. Even regulars are 57%, which is the national average. And the second one: believe it’s okay for teens to have sex if they are emotionally ready for sex. 30% US, 3% for the devoted. And by the way, here’s one slide from that Shield of Faith book that we talked about here. This is very specific to Latter-day Saints. Now again, this is dated here, but I’m sure, like I said, the gaps would be probably even larger now between non Latter-day Saints. But young men, ages 15 to 17, 8% had had sexual intercourse, women were 11%, but look at the national averages down there in the forties roughly. And then 18, it was 11% for the men, 19% for the women, but again compared to in the 60s roughly for the national averages. So huge, huge differences there from a moral perspective.
So at the end of this study, the huge study, a whole book on it, like I said, it’s called Soul Searching, this is what the authors said: “Standing back from all these tables and viewing them as a whole, we can draw some large summarizing conclusions. First, ironically, contrary to many youths’ own inability to see or articulate the influence or importance of religion in their lives, religion does in fact appear to be a significant factor that does make a considerable difference in a host of life outcomes. And these observable differences are not scattered and uneven, but emerge regularly across a wide variety of adolescent attitudes, experiences, relationships, behaviors, and beliefs. The consistency across outcomes is truly striking. Moreover, as we have repeatedly noted, the religious differences across the outcomes are consistently statistically significant.” I thought that was a very good way to end the video. I hope you really enjoyed all those statistics. Subscribe for more. Thanks.
Another video on this channel that would be of interest connected to this video: Evidences: Religious Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIbQ…
The Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults by Bruce Chadwick, Brent Top, and Richard McClendon
Deseret Book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith
Articles / Research Studies:
ARTICLE NOT IN VIDEO BUT HELPFUL AS IT LOOKS AT A NEW NATIONAL STUDY, WHICH SHOWS VARIOUS IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC AND HOW THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS STAND OUT IN A NUMBER OF WAYS: https://www.deseret.com/faith/2021/10/26/22737577/latter-day-saints-maintained-social-connection-friends-during-pandemic-poll-aei-mormon
Pew Research Center – In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace: https://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/17/i…
Pew Research Report – Mormons More Likely to Marry and Have More Children Than Other U.S. Religious Groups: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank…
Gregtrimble.com – Blog post: Venture Capitalists Proving Just How Valuable a Mormon Mission Really Is: https://www.gregtrimble.com/venture-c…
Provo Daily Herald Article – Study Shows LDS Sister Missionaries Gain Leadership Skills Used In Workplace After Missions: https://www.heraldextra.com/news/loca…
The Heritage Foundation – Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability: https://www.heritage.org/civil-societ…
Religion News: 5 Reasons Why Mormons are Happier Says Researcher: https://religionnews.com/2015/07/02/5…
Details behind the study: What Positive Psychologists and Mormons Can Learn From Each Other; Elisa V. Hunter, University of Pennsylvania https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1076&context=mapp_capstone
LDS Living – Research Shows Religious Teens are More Successful in Life: http://www.ldsliving.com/Research-Sho…
Pew Research Center: 6 Facts about U.S. Mormons https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank…
Gallup – Religious Higher Wellbeing Across Faiths: https://news.gallup.com/poll/152732/r…
Deseret News – Happiest Place? Survey Says,,,Utah https://www.deseret.com/2009/3/12/203…
VOX – Most Churchs are Losing Members Fast – but not the Mormons. Here’s Why. https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/3…
Church News: LDS Teens Stand Out in Survey on Religion: https://www.thechurchnews.com/archive…
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