Has Mormon church LOST Utah? ‘McDonaldization’ of religion has weakened its hold over Beehive State, where just 42% of residents consider themselves members – far lower than the 61% figure touted by elders

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Almost a century stands between the settlement of Mormon pioneers in Utah in 1847 and the opening of the first McDonald’s restaurant in California in 1940.

The two events seem world’s apart, yet have somehow interwoven to bring you a new 21st century phenomenon: McMormonism.

But, so it turns out, the religion’s once devout followers are not lovin’ it.

An eye-catching new study shows that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly referred to as the Mormon church, is losing its grip at its seat of power.

Data published in the Journal of Religion and Demography (JRD) reveals Mormons are no longer in the majority in Utah.

In fact, they make up just 42 percent of the population, a significant downgrade on church figures, which have previously claimed that 60.7 percent of all those living in the Beehive State are believers.

And the decline could have something to do with the church’s growing corporate culture, or its ‘McDonaldization’, the report’s co-author, Ryan Cragun, told DailyMail.com.

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