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“Once a hated, hunted Utah sect, the Mormons are now a global church worth an estimated $25 billion and claiming 11 million members,” Newsweek wrote a year before Salt Lake City, the home base of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2002. Mormons have worked to alter their often misconstru­ed stereotype, “With an infusion of converts from Latin America, Asia and Africa since the 1950s, it is no longer a white-bread church.” To date, their community has risen to over 16 million worldwide, with 54,000 missionari­es.

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