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Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Official Answer

In 1838, Joseph Smith was told in a revelation that the Church should be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4). The Church has been known by that name since that time. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has emphasized the Church’s correct name, saying:

“We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and He is the central figure in all of our worship.

“The Church carries the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. It is His name by which this Church is officially called.

“As for the term Latter-day Saints, members of the Christian Church anciently were called Saints (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1). They were former-day Saints. We are the Latter-day Saints. It is that simple.

“We are frequently called Mormons. It is a nickname given us because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, a book which goes hand in hand with the Bible, becoming a second witness for Jesus Christ.”

  • The 'Mormon' name comes The Book of Mormon, which was a nickname given us because we believe in the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ that goes hand in hand with the Bible. Although we are frequently called Mormons there is a reason why we like to correct the name to our official name of our church 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' In 1838, the Prophet Joseph Smith was told in a revelation that our Church should officially be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is because 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' carries out His name, and, we of course believe Jesus Christ is the central figure in all of our worship. As for 'Latter-day Saints', members of the Christian Church anciently were called Saints (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1). They were former-day Saints. We are the Latter-day Saints. Therefore, Mormon is really just a nickname which is a lot easier to say. Show more

  • The LDS Church was nicknamed the Mormons due to the Book of Mormon, another sacred record. The Correct name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which comes from the following; first and foremost we are the Church of Jesus Christ, He is the head of the Church and He is the one that leads us every day; secondly, we are members of this Church in the Latter-Days, thus Latter-Day Saints. Show more

  • The reason we are called Mormons is because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, which goes hand in hand with the Bible. It is simply a nickname that was given to us. In 1838, Joseph Smith received revelation that the church should be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that is the official title of the church. Show more

  • The member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are referred to as Mormons because of The Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have had this nickname for quite some time but we try not associate The Church with the name, Mormons, to describe The Lord's Church as the Mormon church. The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints often refer to themselves either as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or in a simpler and shorter name, Mormons. Show more

  • The church calls itself "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," and has never called itself or asked to be called "Mormonism." This was nickname given us by people of other faiths who identified us simply by our use of the Book of Mormon. However, we do not take offense by its use and even often refer to ourselves as "mormons" simply because that's what the majority of the world knows us by. Show more

  • Those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called Mormons because we use scripture other than the Bible called the Book of Mormon. Although we believe in the Bible and in Jesus Christ some are confused into thinking we worship someone named Mormon. Also Mormon is a lot easier to say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so the world calls us that, although we usually just say LDS. Show more

  • "Mormon" is a nickname, given to us years ago when people saw that we believed in a new Book of scripture the Book of Mormon. This is not the Book of mormonism: there was a real person named Mormon who lived 400 years after Christ. He was a prophet on the American continent, and he was the one who took all the writings of prophets before him and compiled them into a book, which was from then on known as the Book of Mormon. We do not worship Mormon; this book could easily be renamed The Book of Jesus, because it is full of the Lord's teachings. In fact, we present it to the world as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Our belief in Jesus Christ is evident in the full name of our Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but you can feel free to use our shorter nickname! Show more

  • Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are sometimes called Mormons because in addition to the Bible, we believe in additional scripture. One book of scripture is called the Book of Mormon. Mormon was a prophet/historian who lived many centuries ago in the Americas. God commanded him to make an edited record of God's dealings with Mormon's people. This book of scripture is called the Book of Mormon. While many people know us only as Mormons, I would prefer that they know us as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because Jesus Christ is the focus of our church, not Mormon. Show more

  • We are called Mormons, because of another book of scripture which we also believe is the word of God. This book is called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This is one of the things that separates us from almost all other christian denominations, and when someone calls us Mormons, either knowingly or not they are referring to our belief, that God speaks, not spoke. That he loves all of his children, in every part of the world, and not exclusively the ancient Jews. We do not believe that God ended his word with the Bible, but continues to council and guide his children in every day and age, helping them overcome the specific problems that they face. So it is because of that book, which has become the keystone of our religion, that we received the nickname of Mormons. Show more

  • The official and most correct name for a "Mormon" is a "member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," or a "Latter-day Saint," for short. Members of the original Church that Christ established were called "saints" (see Acts 9:32, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 1:1). This Church is a restoration of that same Church, so we are also called "saints;" we just live in the latter days, closer to the time when Christ will come again. While the terms "Mormon" or "Mormonism" are not entirely correct, they are related to the Church. These are nicknames given to us and our faith because we read the Book of Mormon and believe that it is scripture, just as the Bible. Mormon was a prophet of God in ancient times, similar to prophets of the Bible, who was instructed of the Lord to compile the writings of prophets before him into a complete record. This record is what we call the Book of Mormon, essentially because Mormon was the one who took the writings and made them a "book" so that we could more easily read and learn from them today. This is not Mormon's church, it is Christ's Church restored. The record in the Book of Mormon is precious to us and testifies that Jesus lives and loves all of God's children, just as the Bible does. It plainly reveals truths about the Gospel of Christ and His Church, including the Restoration in the Latter-days. It is a second witness of Jesus' life, ministry, and saving grace. We are led by Him, our Savior and Redeemer. Show more

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