Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack recently wrote “Mormon conversions lag behind huge missionary growth,” saying “The stats are staggering.

“In the year and a half since the LDS Church lowered the minimum age for full-time missionary service, the Utah-based faith has seen its proselytizing force swell from 58,500 to more than 83,000. That’s a 42 percent leap.

“The number of convert baptisms last year grew to 282,945, up from 272,330 in 2012. That’s an increase of less than 4 percent.” More . . .