Peter Henderson and Kristina Cooke with Reuters recently wrote an article titled: Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age. “These are tumultuous times for the faith founded by Joseph Smith in 1830,” they state. Not sure how they are using the term tumultuous. But I assume it is in reference to noise, uproar, or commotion. These two reporters obtained a tape recording of unscripted remarks by LDS Church Historian Marlin K. Jensen.
Not sure people are “leaving in droves” (i.e. hordes, crowds, masses, multitudes, etc…) like one woman is reported to have told Elder Jensen. People become less active or leave the LDS Church for multiple reasons–very few over doctrine, Church history or some presumed conflict with intelligentsia. Most people are preoccupied or distracted in other behaviors not consistent with a spiritual life. There are many who grow apathetic to a personal, thriving relationship with their Father in Heaven. Very few leave because of intellectual tangents. This ebb Henderson and Cooke are reporting doesn’t mention the flow of those making a remarkable change for better as they enter into and honor baptismal covenants. There is a grand religious life exemplified in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside the realm of social media, blogs, and other internet sources.