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April 10, 2013

(Musical) Mormon Demographics


If you’ve been following The Bag for a while, you know how fond we are of photos that suggest an age, race or gender breakdown of particular movements or groups. For example, we’ve looked at Pro-Life gatherings; the 113th Congress; Herman Cain followers; the Tea Party, and Occupy, as well as Appalachia primary voters. I can’t say how directly representative this photo is of the greater Mormon population (more integrated? less?) but it’s been making the rounds of the photo galleries. I imagine that’s at least partly do to the racial (and gender) make-up of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


(photo: Rick Bowmer/AP caption: Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir look on during the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church is planning to build two new temples in Rio de Janeiro and Cedar City, Utah. The faith’s president, Thomas S. Monson, announced the new temples on Saturday during the 183rd semi-annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than 100,000 members of the church have gathered in Salt Lake City to hear words of inspiration and guidance for daily living from the faith’s senior leaders.)



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