In fact, in 2016 there were fewer convert baptisms than we’ve seen since 1987, which is slightly fewer than even the less productive raise-the-bar era of 2003-2005.
This graph is calculated by dividing each year’s change in membership by total membership for each year.
Sometimes they have reported 8-year-olds baptized, sometimes children of record, and sometimes both.
The resulting graph is erratic and broken, but it is what it is, and we can only do our best to interpret it.
Similar to the graph showing the percentage of Mormons who were baptized in the past year, this graph shows the of all Mormons who were born or baptized in the past year.
Without a doubt, the Mormon birth rate has dropped significantly since 1970 — Mormon families are having fewer kids — but it has hovered at a similar level since the mid-1990s. (We’re dealing with percentages here, not whole numbers.) From the second graph, we know the yearly change in membership.