Anyone who believes that the Mormons are Christians is guilty of drinking the Kool Aid.
And I fail to see how the presence of “self-identified” Christians (for which statement you fail to provide any evidence) affects lowered poverty rates or greater upward mobility. Correlation is not causality.
Christianity properly understood, sincerely embraced, and diligently practiced naturally results in a society with less poverty. Both wealth and poverty are largely the result of certain behaviors that people choose. The behaviors prescribed by Christianity are more conducive to a prosperous society with low crime, better health, less poverty, and greater stability; the opposite behaviors lead to a society with more crime, more disease, more poverty, and more chaos. It’s not that hard to understand.
“I’m sorry. Something else must be at work, here.”
It is a matter of practiced morality vs professed morality. The Mormons have a high standard of morality, not that we agree with all of it, but their practicing of personal ethics regarding work, honesty and family as a priority etc. should be emphasized.
Utah has a State government that acknowledges and promotes the rightful place and function of faith in society as well. “Let that be a lesson to us all.”
The overlap of Mormon values vs Christian values is significant. We should revisit our heritage with Utah in mind. The Founders might have known what they were doing by putting restraint on the Federal Government on matters of Church and Faith. The courts have botched this so badly the people who have high moral ethics are now indentured to those who live irresponsibly. Its a fundamental fact of life when you are on public assistance, it doesn’t matter how you behave, the checks just keep coming.