Pew Study, Mormon Beliefs, Religious Commitment

In the recent series at the Deseret News, Mormons in America, various results from the survey conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life were analyzed in more detail. Some of the most significant results related to the religious commitment of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Deseret News article on Mormon religious commitment explains:

For the vast majority of Latter-day Saints surveyed…life choices have much to do with their religious beliefs. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents indicate that religion is “very important” to them, 83 percent say they pray every day and 77 percent say they attend church at least once a week. Beyond that, a stunning 69 percent of respondents fit all three descriptions, saying that religion is very important to them, that they pray every day and that they go to church every week.

High religious commitment correlated with higher education levels, which surprised one adviser for the Pew survey, which, the article states, is “different from other churches…where more education tends to lead to more religious skepticism.”

And similar to the larger population, there was a gender gap in religious commitment, with the Pew Forum reporting that “”a significant gender gap in religious commitment, with more Mormon women than men exhibiting a high level of religious commitment (73 percent vs. 65 percent).”

Read more about Mormon beliefs and how they impact the lives of Latter-day Saints, including statistics that reflect the importance of certain LDS beliefs (e.g., the resurrection and our focus on Jesus Christ), the percentage of respondents who pay tithing and hold a temple recommend, the percentage who have served as Mormon missionaries, and the percentage of those who have some amount of food storage. (Read more about Mormon temples or why Mormons store food.)