Whether Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for the presidency or
not, his serious-contender candidacy has sparked an explosion of
empirical research on Mormons in the United States. In due course, this
research should serve not only to enhance public respect for the Mormon
minority, but also to give Catholics some clues about how to strengthen
their own faith community.
In a report issued in January 2012, “Mormons in America: Certain of Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society,”
a research team representing the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
found that most Mormons are regular churchgoers and that more Mormons
(73 percent) believe that “working to help the poor” is “essential to
being a good Mormon” than believe the same thing about “not drinking
coffee and tea” (49 percent).
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