Once you have Airtime, dial *141*2*999# to buy a Data Bundle. Dial *141*3*22# to transfer a MTN data bundle from an alternative device to this device. This strong “religious work ethic” is what sociologist Rodney Stark (1998) observed to be the key to Mormonism’s success in a competitive religious economy.It’s about achieving the highest status of all—godhood.Latter-day Saints see spiritual improvement as a daily pursuit of becoming like their Maker. Oaks (2001) said: The Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done.As can be seen in Table 1, the vast majority of LDS youth in every geographical region we studied have very strong religious beliefs.Mexico’s youth ranked the highest for each specific measure of belief, with 99% of them indicating they “agree” or “strongly agree” that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, and no lower than 96% of them believe that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and that God answers their prayers.It is an acknowledgement of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become.
Adolescent religiosity is also positively correlated with academic achievement, moral development, and community volunteerism and negatively linked to social delinquency, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, as well as illicit sexual activity (Regnerus, Smith, & Fritsch, 2004).
How are they doing in regard to living their religion?
In Chapter 1, we discussed several dimensions of religiosity that we examined in our research, including such factors as professed religious beliefs, spiritual feelings and experiences, public and private religious behaviors, social acceptance within a congregation, family religious activities, and future religious plans.
Latter-day Saints are known to be an industrious and hardworking people, particularly when it comes to their spiritual development.
Mc Clendon, “Religiosity of LDS Young People,” in Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 23–64.