Jana Riess: Dear LDS parents, it’s not just your children who are leaving church

Jana Riess: Dear LDS parents, it’s not just your children who are leaving church

Jana Riess: Dear LDS parents, it’s not just your children who are leaving church
(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) People listen during the Sunday morning session of the 189th twice-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

14By Jana Riess | Religion News Service · Published: 14 hours ago
Updated: 14 hours ago

In “The Next Mormons,” I noted that the 2016 Next Mormons Survey found sky-high belief in God among young adults who identified themselves as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that other markers of religiosity, like weekly church attendance and adherence to the Word of Wisdom, were low compared to earlier generations.

What’s more, the statistics showed that more young adults were leaving the church — data supported by national studies from Pew (2014, showing 64% retention for all ages of Mormons) and the General Social Survey aggregated through 2016  (which had

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