Ryan T. Cragun and Ronald LawsonThe Secular Transition: The Worldwide Growth of Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh-day Adventists
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Volume 71, Number 3 (Fall 2010)
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APPENDIX A: RECODING THE MEMBERSHIP DATAWe requested yearly membership information for Mormonism in every country aroundthe world going back to 1960 from LDS Church Headquarters. That request was denied, but dataon close to 60 countries for varying time periods were supplied. Additional data came from apublication of the LDS religion, the
Deseret Morning News Church Almanac
(2007), whichincludes membership information for each country with a Mormon presence for a specific year.Editions of the Almanac from 1975 through 2008 were used to build a mostly complete picture of Mormon membership information for that time period. We say “mostly complete” because thereare some problems in teasing out membership information in some countries. This was true forall three religions, where membership information was aggregated for two or more countries atsome point, and separating that information is not possible given the limited information wehave. For example, in the Mormon data, Caribbean Islands were all aggregated early on, butwere separated later into specific countries, making it impossible to disentangle those data.Where the data received from LDS headquarters and that in the Almanac overlapped there wasgenerally agreement.