Less-active Mormon

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Less active and inactive are terms that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) use to describe someone who is not actively participating in the church, but who is still on church membership records. Generally speaking, these are individuals who do not attend church services and are not otherwise involved in church activities or callings. Some less-active Mormons maintain good relations with and positive feelings toward the LDS Church. Reasons for disengagement can include lifestyle issues and problems with social integration.[1][2]

The LDS Church does not release statistics on church activity, but it is likely that about 60 percent of Mormons in the United States and 70 percent worldwide are less active or inactive.[3][4][5][6] Activity rates tend to vary with age, and disengagement occurs most frequently between age 16 and 25. Overall, women tend to be more active than men.[7] A majority of less-active members return to church activity later in life.[6]

The Jewish equivalent of "less active" is "non-observant." The Catholic equivalent is "non-practicing" or "lapsed".

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  1. ^ Cunningham, Perry H. (1992), "Activity in the Church", in Ludlow, Daniel H, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, pp. 13–15, ISBN 0-02-879602-0, OCLC 24502140 
  2. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (23 September 2011). "Active, inactive – do Mormon labels work or wound?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ Member activity rates are estimated from missionary reports, seminary and institute enrollment, and ratio of members per congregation - ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/
  4. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (January 17, 2014). "New almanac offers look at the world of Mormon membership". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
  5. ^ An "unverified" worldwide LDS activity statistic of 36% was briefly published in 2014 on the Deseret News website. See:
    "LDS DEMOGRAPHICS PUBLISHED, THEN SCRUBBED BY DESERET NEWS". Mormon News, October 13–17. Signature Books. October 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
  6. ^ a b Albrecht, Stan L. (1998), "The Consequential Dimension of Mormon Religiosity", in Duke, James T., Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, pp. 253–292, ISBN 1-57008-396-7, OCLC 38962731 
  7. ^ Bushman, Richard Lyman (2008), Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 55, ISBN 978-0-19-531030-6