Book Details Mormon Teens' Sacrifice, Discipline and Energy

In Kenda Creasy Dean's new book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, one chapter focuses on the religious dedication of teenagers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Throughout the book, Dean references survey results from the National Study of Youth and Religion (conducted from 2002 to 2005). The survey, given to 3,300 teenagers ages 13 to 17, provides the following insights into the lives of Mormon teenagers:

- Eighty percent of Latter-day Saint teens talk about religion with their families more than once per week.

- Seventy-three percent of Latter-day Saint teens are "significantly more likely" than other teens to hold religious views similar to that of their parents.

- Sixty-eight percent of Mormon teens fast and practice other forms of self-denial.

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