Why 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints', Not Mormon.
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!
- Standing Together for the Cause of Christ - Liahona Aug. 2012 - liahona
Surely there is a way for people of goodwill who love God and have taken upon themselves the name of Christ to stand together for the cause of Christ and against the forces of sin.
- Mormon.org | Beliefs and People of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Learn about Mormon teachings and meet members of the LDS Church
- The Importance of a Name - general-conference
Let us develop the habit … of making it clear that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the name by which the Lord Himself has directed that we be known.