Posted: June 18, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

From USA Today
The nation is having something of a “Mormon Moment.” It is evident in unprecedented scrutiny of Mormon beliefs stemming from Mitt Romney’s candidacy, the rise of social media, and a popular Broadway show and television programs. But largely overlooked is the growing refor

This year, Elder Marlin Jensen, the Mormon Church’s outgoing official historian, acknowledged that members are defecting from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “in droves” and that the pace is increasing.

This poses a particular dilemma for a hierarchical church that was historically isolated like no other. Church leaders can crack down and continue to see members, especially young people, leave. Or they can allow church-wide dialogue and changes relating to the church’s historical and doctrinal claims, financial dealings, proselytizing and treatment of women, skeptics and outsiders.

The unofficial dialogue is already widespread. Groups such as Mormon Stories, Post-Mormon Community and the…

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