Volunteering among latter-day saints

Van Evans, Daniel W. Curtis, Ram A. Cnaan

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In this article, we shed light on the volunteering behaviors of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). While some information was known about this group and its volunteering practices, detailed and reliable data were not available. This is the first study by a secular research institution to be given permission by the church to collect data within Latter-Day Saint congregations. We found a high rate of volunteering by almost all members, which was mostly, but not only, for religious purposes. About half the volunteering comes from fulfilling "callings," while members initiate the other half. We found variations in volunteering based on the studied regions, age, income, education, gender, and generational membership. These findings provide the first reliable and detailed information regarding Latter-Day Saint volunteering and may serve as a springboard for future research on the pro-social behaviors of various religious groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-841
Number of pages15
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Callings
  • Latter-Day Saints
  • Mormons
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Voluntarism
  • Volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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