Saturday, August 18, 2018

"The word 'Mormon' is out, says the president of the Utah-based church"

NYT:

President Russell M. Nelson insisted that Mormons and non-Mormons alike stick to the term “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Mr. Nelson, 93, said that the policy change came to him in a revelation from God

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The church’s updated style guide specifies that “Mormon Church,” “Mormons” and “Mormonism” are no longer acceptable. And no, you should not use the abbreviation “L.D.S.,” either.

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The church recognizes that people will need more concise terminology, and suggests that they use the “restored Church of Jesus Christ,” among other terms.

Matthew Bowman, the author of a book called “The Mormon People,” said this suggests that the policy might be an effort to emphasize the church’s distinctive take on Christianity

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Over a decade ago, before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, church leadership made a similar push for people to use its full name: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But the effort was a bust.