Thursday, March 15, 2007

LDS Remain 4th largest Religion In U.S.

Mainline Churches Decline; Pentecostals Grow

NEW YORK -- The Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist
churches remain the largest three denominations in the country, with
the Mormon church ranking fourth in size, according to the latest
edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.

The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 million Roman
Catholics in the U.S., with Southern Baptists running a distant second
at 16.3 million.

The United Methodist Church came in third, with just over 8 million
members, but that figure represents a decrease.

Other mainline denominations also continued to lose members.

The Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal denominations, however,
reported significant growth.

"If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed." -J. Reuben Clark, D.

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