From Mormon to Evangelical : A Look at Disaffiliation and Conversion
Brigham Young University
Religion is a major institution in society and for many, affiliation with a religious group shapes the way they view the world and the way they interact with other formal and informal institutions within society. In addition, particular behaviors are present during the processes an individual goes through when deciding to leave or switch their religious affiliation. There are a variety of new affiliations that these disaffiliated individuals can make. One alternative religious group that disaffected members of the LDS Church (Mormons) can form a new affiliation with is Evangelical Christianity, often referred to as the "Born Again Movement". This pattern of switching from one sect to another is the most dramatic form of switching as both the LDS Church and Evangelical Christianity are exclusive in nature. By focusing on this unique and exclusive form of switching, from Mormonism to Evangelical Christianity, the various reasons for disaffiliation and subsequent conversion, and the processes involved in switching can be understood.