LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Extensive missionary efforts and a nimble church structure have helped fuel a Southern-tinged "Mormon moment" in Arkansas as the church's numbers have nearly doubled over the past decade, say experts and church leaders.
Arkansas ranks fifth in the nation in the rate of growth for Mormons. Indeed, the South — long evangelical — has proved most receptive to the Mormon message in the first decade of the 21st century as four of the five fastest-growing states for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are below the Mason-Dixon line.
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