Excerpts of Witnesses, Adventists outpace LDS growth, by Kristen Moulton, The Salt Lake Tribune--
The Jehovah's Witnesses, the 20th-largest denomination, swelled by 4.37 percent from 2008 to 2009 for a total of 1,162,686 members
The Seventh-day Adventist Church grew by 4.31 percent and moved into the top-25 denominations, with 1,043,606 members
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remained one of the fastest-growing U.S. faiths, although its rate slowed to 1.42 percent, according to the new yearbook.
The LDS Church reported6,058,907 members in the United States in 2009, making it the fourth-largest denomination, the same spot it has held for several years.
David Stewart, a researcher of Mormon growth, said the council's research method — allowing churches to report their numbers — is flawed because the comparisons end up being "apples to oranges."
While the Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventists report active, involved members, the LDS Church claims fallen-away Mormons as well.
"We keep people on the rolls forever, until they die or are excommunicated," he said. "So the church-claimed statistics can be a little unhelpful."