Upper Deck is certainly an advocate of halting counterfeits of it’s
own cards via mainland China and now this latest pronouncement in the court
puts nearly everything the corporation does in question in the minds of collectors.
Those they like tricky Trap cards will want to get their hands on Shared Ride, that allows you to draw cards as soon as your opponent adds cards using their Deck or Graveyard with their
I know what you are getting at and it makes sense from a theory perspective. When you look at the increase in buildings, units, and other measurable indicators it looks like to me and most observers that there is a annual increase of about 2% in LDS growth which to be honest is the fastest rate of any church in the US over a million members. That being said a 2% growth rate in the US is pretty slow by LDS historical standards.
I personally believe that organized religion is in the decline long term in the US. As a result we as LDS have seen a slowdown in our growth rates especially when combined with lower birth rates. The key to our long term situation to me is clearly in the US. Without the excess tithing dollars and the missionaries and senior leadership for the rest of the world we would be in trouble
The international situation is most troubling to me. A new strategy is clearly needed. I would base my new strategy on what worked in Samoa and Tonga. IE church institutions like high schools and colleges]]>
If real numbers help… say there are 3000 members that meet in 3 buildings in an large area. Over time, the area experiences a lot of moveouts, and now, the three buildings are still in use, but only 2,000 members are meeting in wards across those three buildings. All of them are still fully in use, and to tear one down would mean that some members would have to travel a great distance to get to church. However, if those thousand extra memebers were to move elsewhere and create a need for a new building, then one one be built, even though there aren’t any new members.]]>
Given same new chapels do not reflect (to me) what active membership is within a few years of the chapel being completed and in use.
Sam Kitterman Jr.]]>