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...........whats the big falsehood people get suckered by???

I know its insane, but how do these missionaries sell this stuff so well??
As Chesterton is often quoted as saying..." Those who stop believing in anything will believe anything.."
Probably by their kindness and general moral acts.

I have read that for many in the US, it is a lifestyle choice.  They aren't necessarily buying into the hardcore Mormon positions that we associate with the LDS people.  Rather, white middle class folks like the emphasis on family and traditional values and hard work that is being lost in the mainline Protestant denominations.

The LDS people are organized, they're not afraid to be vocal, and they certainly are a lot more open about themselves (young men in white shirts and ties) than others.

EDIT: I should also note that in the same article, LDS is making inroads in the black population with efforts to both recruit and break down traditional black/white barriers within its community.
I agree with Jacob and Su. I doubt (hope, anyway) that many really believe Mormon doctrine and buy the stuff about its origins, but the large, happy families and great sense of community are selling points.  Modern life is pretty revolting and confusing; people hunger for some sense of sanity, order, and a vision of the future, which family gives. A young guy wanting to find a wife who'd tend to be faithful, not promiscuous, in it for the long haul, and possessing a "vision" of family would have better chances looking in a Mormon congregation than a in bar or on a campus. Or, sadly, in a typical non-trad Catholic church. And in too many of the trad ones, too many people seem to operate out of a sense of fear, paranoia, and supremacy than joy. Who'd want to be married to that?
The Mormons are successful because they're filling in a void, a void left by an absent Catholic and Protestant traditional culture.
Joseph Smith was a smart and dubious man. For his demonic ideas to work, he had to weave in just enough Catholic ideas and twisted them into a new-age type of religion to be able to steal souls. And to steal Catholics from the Church, he of course promoted the idea that we had been wrong from the beginning and we had gone off track during apostolic times.
Most likely because they still believe in, and take  missionary work seriously.

The Catholics have gone into dialogue mode, instead of the proper mode which is that of monologue.
As an addendum to my previous post.

Why do you think that Coca-Cola and McDonalds still spend billions a year on advertising? After all they are the undisputed number ones, right?

Answer: Becuase they don't believe in "product liberty" and they don't want to surrender what they have earned by the "quality" of their products, the efforts they have made in positioning within the heads of the public, their tireless effforts at providing a proper price point, and their efforts in regards to their distribution channels.

Vaccums get filled. Thank Fr. John Courtney Murray and Nostra Aetate and all the othe advocates of the religious liberty crowd.
Quote:Will Mormonism be the next world faith, one that will rival Catholicism, Islam, and other major religions in terms of numbers and global appeal? This was the question Rodney Stark addressed in his much-discussed and much-debated article, "The Rise of a New World Faith" (1984), one of several essays on Mormonism included in this new collection. Examining the religion's growing appeal, Rodney Stark concluded that Mormons could number 267 million members by 2080. In what would become known as "the Stark argument," Stark suggested that the Mormon Church offered contemporary sociologists and historians of religion an opportunity to observe a rare event: the birth of a new world religion.

In the years following that article, Stark has become one of the foremost scholars of Mormonism and the sociology of religion. This new work, the first to collect his influential writings on the Mormon Church, includes previously published essays, revised and rewritten for this volume. His work sheds light on both the growth of Mormonism and on how and why certain religions continue to grow while others fade away.

Stark examines the reasons behind the spread of Mormonism, exploring such factors as cultural continuity with the faiths from which it seeks converts, a volunteer missionary force, and birth rates. He explains why a demanding faith like Mormonism has such broad appeal in today's world and considers the importance of social networks in finding new converts. Stark's work also presents groundbreaking perspectives on larger issues in the study of religion, including the nature of revelation and the reasons for religious growth in an age of modernization and secularization.

It's largely social.  People do not, by and large, convert for reasons of doctrine.  They convert because of relationships.  Mormons put themselves out there, and form relationships with the surrounding community.  A fortress mentality doesn't grow the Faith.
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