LDS activities rates are not nearly where I would like them to be, but they are not as bad as many people claim, especially in comparison to other denominations. All is not well in Zion, but all isn't terrible, either.
I've done some research in the past about activity rates among various
Christian denominations (in response to some questions at an online forum a few years ago), and it's interesting that the
rates for many denominations are fairly consistent - with the LDS Church actually being near
the top of the list.
Part of the refocus of a couple of
decades ago and the whole idea of "raising the bar" for missionaries was in response to
the baseball / soccer baptism fiasco, and the Church has gone
much slower in some areas that lack infrastructure than it could have -
Africa being a good example.
Also, it's interesting to note
that the world-wide membership figures published in the past (perhaps
still, but I haven't looked at recent reports) for some Protestant
churches reflect people who attended some kind of mass gathering (like a
revival) and "accepted Christ" at that gathering. The "activity rates"
in those situations are abysmal, since the primary purpose wasn't
continued activity but only one-time salvation.
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