An Unreached People Group
There’s a category in missionary work often used to identify the most under-reached areas that exist on the face of the planet. These areas are commonly referred to as “unreached people groups.” In order for a group of people to be considered “unreached” there needs to be fewer than 2% Evangelical Christians living in that area. Many think of these groups as existing exclusively overseas, however that is most certainly not the case. The state percentage of Evangelicals in Utah is a jaw-dropping 2.3%. This means that there are multiple areas, counties and cities which fall beneath the 2% mark, marking Utah as the least reached state in the US. Mere minutes from where we will be living there is a county that is less than .5% Evangelical and yet over 88% Mormon. Utah desperately needs more Christians and churches, and therefore we are committed to doing Utah specific ministry amongst this unreached people group for the next several years.
Modern Mormonism is centered around and based in Utah. Salt Lake City houses the heart of Mormonism and is home to the Salt Lake Temple, the LDS Conference Center, the Tabernacle, and the LDS Church Office Building. Within an hour of Salt Lake City is Brigham Young University (BYU), 12 various temples, and well over 3,000 LDS wards (church buildings). It is Mormonism’s home and base of operations. There are millions of lost and deceived people in Utah, with the state percentage of Mormons falling around the 70% mark. There is no other state in the country that has the religious adherence that Utah does, yet Utah residents adhere to a false religion that follows the false teachings of a false prophet!
Mormonism directly contradicts what the Bible teaches us about God, man, salvation, authority, the Church, and virtually every category of doctrine. Many have questioned why Christians should bother with evangelism to Mormons, especially when most Mormons would heartily say they believe in Jesus. The Bible warns of false prophets who would come to lead many astray, and who would teach many false doctrines (Matthew 24:11, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 24:24). The false prophets of Mormonism, most notably Joseph Smith, taught a Gospel that is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:7-8, 2 Peter 2:1-4). Mormonism teaches that there are potentially millions of gods, and that we may someday become one of these gods. The means of attaining this exaltation to godhood is not by grace, but instead is by the works of man. These works include things such as performing temple works, baptisms for the dead, and being married “for time and all eternity.” LDS doctrine teaches that all humans are siblings with both Jesus and Satan, and that God was not the creator of everything that exists. Additionally, Mormonism teaches that Jesus was a created being, denying the basic doctrines of the Trinity. Each of these categories tells us that Mormonism teaches a false gospel. Christians can find no unity with Mormons, as the doctrinal errors are so grievous that Mormons cannot be rightly considered Christians at all! Therefore, evangelism to Mormons is an appropriate action as the Jesus that Mormonism professes is not the Jesus of the Bible, who is Himself eternally divine and one with the Father (2 Corinthians 11:4, John 1:1-5, 8:58, 10:30).
U.S. Rates of Religious Adherance:
(Source: The ARDA)
U.S. Rates of Evangelical Protestant Adherance:
(Source: The ARDA)