This article was first presented as a Forum Address at Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista, Virginia, on April 8, 2011.
The LDS Church is a worldwide phenomenon with a presence in more than 150 countries, and more members and more growth outside the US than within it. Anyone who has served a recent mission in Europe knows that the Church is struggling to maintain a demographic peak that was never very high. Also, membership growth in the US has been flat for the last decade. Furthermore, convert baptisms in the US have been declining during that last decade. Here, Gedicks discusses Mormonism in Western society.