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Making The Convert: Conversions In The Lds Community Today

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Although the significance of the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) may be debated among social scientists, the fact of its growth is without doubt. This chapter focuses on the phenomenon of the conversion to Mormonism today, and investigates LDS practices and representations for accurate causes, purposes, and effects of the process. The issue of conversion in such a context has itself motivated many studies. Of course, different points of departure in these inquiries implicate a variety of research foci. Although the goal of this project is a study at the level of the global system, it is necessary to begin with a specific case study of conversion to Mormonism today, one that can offer concrete grounding for our analysis. Analyzing the conversion to Mormonism process aims indeed at understanding the final goal of the community.

Keywords: LDS Church; Mormonism; religious conversion



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