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Why 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints', Not Mormon.

Updated on September 4, 2012

How Did it Happen

The Nickname 'Mormon' comes from the book of scripture entitled 'The Book of Mormon' which is part of the standard scriptures of the LDS church. This is because the name of the church being 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' is quite long. The importance to the name is that of Jesus Christ and his followers in these days. If an abbreviation must be used for some reason it is proper to use LDS. However using this abbreviation does not remove Jesus Christ and is implied within the abbreviation. Latter Day Saints are followers of Christ and that is not to be easily forgotten. Where it is understandable that the nickname has become main stream it is important to remember who it truly represents.


Why Does it Matter

There are a variety of reasons that it matters to be referred to as 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints', as opposed to Mormons. One of those is that we know the Church of the Lord will be called in his name. If you read the following quote from M. Russell Ballard (who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) The "Lord Jesus Christ knew how important it was to clearly name His Church in these latter days. In the 115th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, He Himself named the Church: “For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (verse 4)"

If we simply went by 'Mormons' we would lose our distinction as followers of Christ. This leads to common misconceptions about what we believe. Mainly that we are a religion based strongly and completely on our Savior Jesus Christ. When you hear 'Mormon' it carriers a negative connotation with no real connection to who these people truly are. Most people have separate and very distinct views, if you were to use the two separate names. This to me represents an issue and I wish everyone knew exactly who we are. I thought a good place to start would be who we are by name.


I hope this has been informative in some way and I hope you will take advantage of the links below. They are statements and information given directly by the Church of Jesus Christ itself. They explain in vivid detail the importance of using the name the Lord has given to his church. Even if your views on religion differ from mine I hope you can understand why it is important to me.

I look forward to your comments and feedback. I want to help you gain a better understanding and feel free to ask questions!


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    • Routledge profile image

      Routledge 5 years ago

      This is my Hub about our conversation here. I hope it is clear. If not feel free to ask questions and I will edit it to be more clear and helpful.

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      Routledge 5 years ago

      I will do up a Hub in the next couple of days and link in here as I feel it needs a bit more than a comment. For the moment I will leave it at this:

      Many people spread myths about my religion because it is unknown.

      Many people use the name of our church to get away with things that would never fly without it. Using religious freedom as a cover to have plural marriage even though 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' does not. However since it is an association they can use it as a loophole to break the law. Jack Mormons are usually members of the church I belong to who drink etc. Just like any other religion we have people who don't quite follow the, as you might say, rules :)

      However all of the negative things in the news as of late are 0% related. Look for a hub soon with a deeper explanation.

      (If you find it on it is true for us. You won't find greasy old men on there for sure!)

      Thanks for the understanding :)

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Routledge, would you please flush out the distinction that Mr. Happy is concerned with.

      Where I come from a fundamentalist LDS member would simply mean very orthodox practicing mormons. Our term for the more renegade types was Jack Mormons. I think we can all distance ourselves from history like the Mountain Meadow massacre, but ongoing events would be worthy to clarify for us. Hey I truly believe that most peoples bias against TCJCLDS is out of a mystery as to what it is all about.

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Ohh, okay ... so the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not the same thing as the The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? So, could You explain the difference perhaps?

      What I said, I said because I had heard some troubling things and not only from that documentary but from many people about this church and I am sure You can agree that they seem, at least from the name to be quite the same thing.

      Sorry that I did not see these two names as unrelated. I thought they were actually one and the same.

      All the best!

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      Routledge 5 years ago

      No. It was irrelevant spam. I welcome comments derogatory or not. I will not however accept random attack on a completely unrelated topic. If you choose to post a negative comment, including a link if you so choose about the actual topic under discussion, I will gladly post it. Perhaps one you have thought about and not just googled please and thanks :)

      (there is less than no connection to the FLDS, they have never been involved with the church under discussion here. Hence, why names are important :))

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Lovely how You did not allow my previous comment. Did You feel guilty about what I said and about the documentary I linked?

    • Routledge profile image

      Routledge 5 years ago

      You do not need to acknowledge that. Just understand why it is of importance to us. :) The fact that you understand the reasons we feel it is important it good. This is in no way to 'convince anyone' that what we believe is true. Simply to explain why.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting article. I respect that the name is important to you. And where names offer up a distinction from another group I think they are important also. Socially it is incorrect not to use someones given name when known.

      But I suggest that just bysharing the difference in the words/names used, I did not get the importance of the distinction. I am afraid that the Lord Himself has not directed to me that your name be known.


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