Mormon mania?

“There is something special about Mormons, but what is it?”

That’s the question from Financial Times reporter James Crabtree in a recent article highlighting the rising generation of Mormons being pursued by Wall Street in record numbers and garnering attention from just about everyone for their clean-cut, hard-working reputation.

The article discusses how Mormons have been able to break into boardrooms and companies around the world in unusually high numbers for a specific religion.

“The CIA has its eye out for Mormons, who, people say jokingly, ace the mandatory drugs and lie-detector tests. Blue-chip corporations are recruiting, too. And at Harvard Business School, female students note ruefully that attractive male classmates are invariably associated with one of the ‘three Ms’: the military, the management consultancy McKinsey or Mormonism,” Crabtree writes.

The author of the article offers several theories on what is behind the popularity of Mormon up-and-comers, including the rigors of a two-year mission, missionary language training and ingrained work ethic.

But it’s not just businesspeople that are taking note of Mormons. As a mother, I know several other moms who are not Mormon but are always ecstatic when they find out that I am. “Oh, I just love Mormons!” one such mother recently told me. “I mean, I don’t want to be one, but I’m always encouraging my daughter to only hang out with the Mormon kids at school.” She explained that she never worries when her daughter is with the LDS kids, and she even pushes her to date the LDS boys in her high school because she trusts them with her daughter.

Now I don’t think all Mormons are automatically deserving of such trust, but it is true that for most Mormon teens, the standards are higher and the family supervision is a little more stringent than the norm.

And while some people are still wary of Mormons as a group, I think it’s the actual day-to-day run-ins with intelligent, honest and hard-working Mormons that are winning them over.

Last week, for example, my friend ran into a well-known TV personality and entrepreneur, who was delighted to find out she was LDS. He told her how much he loved Mormons because they are some of the hardest-working young professionals on the market today.

So what do you think is behind the growing preference for hiring Mormons? Or, as a mother, do you think other moms are taking notice of LDS kids?

As the Financial Times author asks, what is so special about Mormons?

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