Which Mormon practices lead to increased spiritual experiences?

Religion News Service | 8/16/2018 | Staff
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Mormons tend to connect certain behaviors—tithing, daily prayer, regular church attendance, and keeping the Word of Wisdom, for example—with greater spirituality and connection to God. People who are living righteously, the thinking goes, retain the privilege of having the Holy Ghost with them at all times. They are more in tune with the Lord.

Does this “if-then” relationship bear up under scrutiny? Do some behaviors correlate with experiencing a stronger personal relationship to God?

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In the 2016 Next Mormons Survey, we asked more than 1,150 self-identified Mormons in the United States to indicate how often they have certain experiences that have been defined by social scientists and social psychologists of religion as measures of “spirituality.” We specifically asked how often they:

feel guided by God in the midst of daily activities or in answers to prayer.

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We then combined responses to these four questions into a single “spirituality scale,” with those who say that they “never” feel any of those things at one end of the scale and those who say that they feel each of them “daily” at the other end of the scale.

Our survey also asked Mormons how often they engage in a variety of activities that the LDS Church encourages its members to do to be “worthy of the Spirit” or that are commonly associated with spiritual worthiness in Mormon culture. We are then able to statistically determine whether those who engage in each activity report more frequent (or infrequent) instances of spiritual experiences, controlling for standard demographic factors such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, and income.

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The results were mixed: some practices are associated with higher levels of spirituality, and others seemed to make no difference, as we can see here:

As you can see from the column on the left, some religious behaviors correlate—either strongly or modestly—with greater spirituality. Those who...
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