Increases in children of record

So, in my continuing series on General Conference talks, this week I decided to combine the Sustaining of Church Officers, the Auditing report, and the Statistical report.

I always find the statistical reports interesting (of course I do!)

One thing that was interesting to me was the difference this year in the increase of children of record.

2005 (reported in April 2006): 93,150
2006: 94,006
2007: 93,698
2008 (reported this past conference): 123,502

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn’t belong…

So, for those of you who are unsure what exactly are children of record, I believe they are both births of members and under age 8 children of adults who are baptized.

So I’m not sure what is going on. There must have been some change in the way that this is being calculated. There’s no way this can be accounted for with just more babies. I see that I am not the first to wonder about this, but from my searching I did not find a definitive answer.

Any thoughts?

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Comments (4) left to “Increases in children of record”

  1. Katie wrote:

    My old Stake President is the person that presented the statistical report this conference so I’ll try to get his contact info from my parents and see if I can find out anything for you.

  2. Dan Miller wrote:

    Ah yeah inside people in the know!!!!

  3. Alethea wrote:

    Did you find out? I always thought they were members’ children who turned 8 and were baptized.

  4. Dan Miller wrote:

    Yes – that is my understanding of what they are too, but they must have changed who is counted in some way, because there’s no way the number could go up that much from year to year if they were counting the same thing.

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