Utah’s most populous county is becoming less – LDS , according to church statistics, while neighboring Utah County, which has four Mormon temples and plans for a fifth, is growing more LDS . The 3 million-strong Beehive State, as a whole, remains roughly 62.8 percent Mormon .
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Utah is known for having some of the best skiing in the country, and the mountains near Salt Lake City receive an average of 500 inches of snow per year. During the 19th century many Mormons settled in Utah , and today approximately 60 percent of state’s residents are members of the church.
If youre not Mormon , you might be happiest living in Salt Lake County. Avoid Utah County if you are not Mormon . Nice places to live in Salt Lake County are Sandy, South Jordan, some parts of Murray, and the Salt Lake County side of Draper.
Leaders of the LDS Church and scholars have stated that the peoples of the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, Polynesia, and New Zealand, are descendants of the Nephite Hagoth and his supposed followers. According to the Book of Mormon , the Nephites were descendants of Israel.
This page shows the membership statistics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) within the United States . Official LDS Membership.
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In the 2010 Census estimates, 89.2% of the state population is white and European American. Hispanics are the next largest group with 13.0%, followed by Asians at 1.7% and Native American at 1.3%.
After the Mexican–American War, Utah became part of the United States and slavery was officially legalized in Utah Territory on February 4, 1852 with the passing of the Act in Relation to Service. It was repealed on June 19, 1862 when Congress prohibited slavery in all US territories.
The growth rate has not been greater than 3% per year in the 21st century and has declined steadily since 2012. The rate has not been above 2% since 2013.
As practiced by the LDS Church, there is no firm restriction relating to meat consumption, but all alcoholic beverages are forbidden, including beer. The LDS Church interprets “hot drinks ” to mean coffee and tea.
Birth control is not banned by the Church. However, as having children is essential for the spirit children of God to come to earth, Mormon couples are encouraged to have children. The Church believes that the decision on contraception is one that should be shared by husband, wife, and God.