40 years ago today - Jan 31, 1984

Masonic Grand Lodge of Utah rescinds policy of prohibiting LDS membership.

Lecture by Brigham Young University sociology professor, Howard M. Bahr, "Why People Leave the LDS Church". Bahr states that In Utah during 1980-81, for every five converts to Mormonism, there were two who left the LDS church. Bahr identifies three processes of disaffiliation: intellectual disaffection, emotional alienation and social disinvolvement. He also cited four categories of people, their personal beliefs and their activity in the Church: "The fervent believer, the ritualist (actively participates but is not a believer), the outsider (believes but stops being active), and the apostate (who disavows former beliefs and severs ties with the group)."

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