You Can’t Call the Mormons “Mormons” Anymore

The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith’s full name, saying nicknames are “a major victory for Satan.” Addressing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City, Russell M. Nelson said the church’s name “is not negotiable.”

The name of the religion based in Salt Lake City is now officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All future references to the church, including its millions of genealogy records and its genealogy library in Salt Lake City, should use the full name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2PlmKJf.

The term “Mormon” comes from the church’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, which followers believe is based on the record-keeping of an ancient prophet named Mormon.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been renamed the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

As of today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ web site is still using the domain name of lds.org. “LDS” is an abbreviation for “Latter-day Saints.”

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So, how do we refer to a person who belongs to this religion? Should it be: “He / she is a Latter Day Saint”? Does that mean that all members are saints in the eyes of that religion?

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Nigel Huffingway Smythe October 8, 2018 at 8:31 am

The manufacturer can’t choose the name the public calls his product. If they could, we’d all be using “Kleenex™ Brand Facial Tissues”.

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    No, but we can stand as willing to call the church what we were commanded by the Lord to call it. What others choose to do is up to them. Hopefully others will be as respectful as we are–or ought to be–ourselves, of them.

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You can ask the Quakers (officially Society of Friends) how undoing the popular name of a religion will turn out.

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I try to respect all religions (as long as they behave themselves), but the LDS Church is being absurd. It’s all manmade and has nothing to do with God or Satan. Just as they can rename their world-famous choir (what a pity!), they can name their church whatever they want. If they really wanted the public and media to respect their wishes, they should have picked a shorter name! There’s nothing they can do to stop outsiders from calling them “Mormons.”

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    Maybe you should try a bit harder to respect all religions. From now on I’ll call you Kieth.

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    I get it that you feel this is ridiculous; but we do believe it has *everything* to do with God or Satan. We can only govern ourselves and respectfully ask at least the mass media to be willing to identify us by the name the Lord gave us, Himself. Many are already. If you think that’s silly, I hope you’ll instead consider that God talks to leaders of churches throughout the world and has for millennia. There’s nothing weird about that. If you choose not to believe it, that’s your choice. Millions of others have decided, and come to know differently, from you. It makes us happy to know what we know, and we hope others will check it out for themselves. Most of us are converts from other faiths that brought us to where we are now. For myself, I’m grateful for that training elsewhere; but I’m deeply grateful for the many years I’ve been able to learn much more where I am within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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One clarification, the name of the church has always been The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is not a name change or something that is newly official. 🙂

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When the church was first organized in 1830, the name of the church was the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. That has never changed. People who hated the church used the term “Mormon” because of the Book of Mormon which members believe is scripture just as the Bible is scripture. That is where people began calling members of the church Mormons. In the bible, members of the Lord’s church were called “Saints.” You can read several of Paul’s epistles addressed to the Saints of this place or that place. That is why members are called saints.

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I think it is only right and proper to call belief systems by their correct name. Not since high school, have I ever called Muslims “Mohammedans”, Latter-Day Saints “Mormons”, or Society of Friends “Quakers” when referring to the religion. Now the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, OK, though now I’ll drop “Mormon”, and I’ll continue to call Pennsylvania the “Quaker State”, but I will respect the proper name of the belief system.
I also found it ironic that, being a non-religious person at all, I seem to show more respect for religions than some posting here.

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altasnowbirdonly@gmail.com October 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Look, cut the church members some slack. I’m perfectly fine w/ members asking to be referred to as they wish. Review your history to see the pendulum swinging back and forth on this issue. The weirdness is why, if it’s divine direction, does divinity seem to go back and forth. One year producing a movie called Meet the Mormons and having it’s prophet Ezra Taft Benson sing “I Am A Mormon Boy” from the pulpit (yes, there are youtube videos) and then divinity turning around and saying every mention of Mormon is a victory for Satan.

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    The pendulum swings, as you say, but this need to stick with the original name given that our current Pres. Russell M. Nelson emphasizes came from him as he recognized we haven’t as a church–nor him as an individual either (and he wasn’t happy about that quality in himself)–been serious about why the name’s important. Pres. Nelson has been moved upon to change his mind and behavior on this. Acting President of the Twelve, Pres. Ballard, has pushed for many years to have us all participate. Most of us weren’t as driven to do so as he was. Now we should all get it and, hopefully, we’ll care about it to obey the not-new-at-all counsel.
    “Divinity [may] seem to go back and forth”, but God really doesn’t. He gives everybody on the earth time to learn what they ought to do, and frequent reminders when they mess up. When it’s especially important to Him that we stretch to a higher level, He’ll make it clear how that will happen. We learn “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little.” Joseph Smith, himself, didn’t have all knowledge at the time he was president, but he had enough to lead the people in their early learning stages. Ezra Taft Benson as president was a great man, but he had different emphases for his times. Members have to be brought along fairly slowly because human nature requires it most of the time.
    But at this point in our history, we’re expected to do more: to consolidate what has been learned before and to take it quite seriously, all of it.

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Not sure if you’re applying that FamilySearch is changing its name. No one ever said that, and there is no need to do so. Its only a name correction when referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS & Mormon nicknames are no longer being used. Members will refer to themselves as Latter-day Saints instead. FamilySearch isn’t part of that. It’s in the style guide found here – https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/style-guide

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That may take awhile to accomplish

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Is this like using the wrong pronoun where it can get you jail time?

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Sharon Nickol Swope October 9, 2018 at 6:48 am

Yes, considering the headline doesn’t even comply.

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Can we just say LDS?

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Respect for an organization’s designation as pronounced by it’s leader should cross all religious denominations. What if we called Catholics “Popies” or Lutherans “Martins” or other such nicknames. Those who are members of these groups would likely not choose to call themselves those names chosen at random by non-members (which was the origin of the M—– word). Soon members will no more use the word than Catholics would use the word Popies chosen by nonmembers.
Someday this will all make sense to most of the general populace but we define our belief by the person whose name we hallow, who founded His church during His lifetime and whose restoration we accept.

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Practical considerations cannot take precedence over spiritual demands in a case like this, but it will be interesting to see how the Choir’s new name is going to be handled on concert hall marquees and posters during its global travels. The old name was already quite long and “Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square“ is even longer.

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David Paul Davenport October 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Ridiculous. So what do I do with my “Book of Mormon?” Do I commit heresy by placing a sticker over the title that says “Book of Not Mormon?”

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    You obviously didn’t pay attention to the announcement, if you heard it. It’ll always be The Book of Mormon because the prophet Mormon is the one who abridged the records at the end of it–plus his son–and it was standard practice for the writers to call their portions of the book within it their own names. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t Mormon’s church. It never was. If you knew anything about the Church, you’d already realize this.

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    I love some of the “un-Christian-like” comments. Perhaps it’s time to pull out the “Book of Mormon” or “Bible” and take a refresher course in kindness.

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    David Paul Davenport October 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    The assertion that the Book of Mormon is another gospel of Jesus Christ is what sets the LDS apart from mainstream Christian Churches. I’m merely suggesting in a roundabout way that if the Book of Mormon existed with a different name President Nelson’s comment would would be unambiguous and the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints might be more acceptable to mainstream Christians.

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“… a rose by any other name…”

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Is the stage play going to have to change it’s name and delete the title song? Being a marketer and knowing what it takes to build a brand, I’d think it’s going to take years to re-brand the Church. And get everyone on the same page.

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    If you’re referring to the South Park guys’ musical, it’ll only be a plus. There’s no remote resemblance whatsoever between it and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints except disrespect of the highest order by claiming some kind of connection by use of the name of the book.

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Interesting what the Mormons are doing here isn’t it. They can try to get others to call them what they want all they like. They can’t force it. As for not using LDS as an abbreviation, that’s even more ridiculous.

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We have the Church of England here but everyone refers to them as Anglicans.

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