Mormon Women Stand has chosen to change our official name to “Latter-day Saint Women Stand,” in keeping with the recommendations of President Russell M. Nelson’s August 16, 2018, Mormon Newsroom directive:
“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so. Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated its preferred ways of being referenced in the media and other channels. This particular “Style Guide,” announcement is significant because most members of the Church will need to learn how to rephrase common nicknames we commonly use for the Church and its members. A few of the more common phrases the Church has preferred we avoid are: “the LDS Church,” the Mormon Church,” “Mormonism,” and “Mormons.” As a preferred replacement for these words, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” or “Latter-day Saints.” See the official site for more details: https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/name-of-the-church
When members of the admin team read President Russel M. Nelson’s words about the change, we all quickly came to the consensus that it was best to change our name. At the same time, several discussions ensued as to the potential difficulties implementing the name change might bring: changing links, accounts, and logos, just to name a few. Part of Latter-day Saint Women Stand’s mission statement reads: “We unequivocally sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—commissioned by God and sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators.” There are many other Latter-day-Saint-themed blogs and websites that will likely face similar challenges if they heed the call of President Nelson to make those changes. Elder Kevin W. Pearson, a General Authority Seventy, gave some relevant counsel in a recent Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) conference. He counseled members to not feel like they need to wait for the Church to make the first move regarding certain topics (https://www.facebook.com/fairmormon/videos/2107767335901306/). And we felt like this was a perfect example of putting that principle into action.
Simply put, for most members, this will require a bit of retraining in how to talk about the Church—not only amongst fellow Latter-day Saints—but among friends who are not of our faith as well. But with this refined language will come clarification to others about what—and more importantly in whom—we believe.
Latter-day Saint Women Stand has produced an at-a-glance chart of the ideas outlined in the Style Guide. We hope everyone will embrace the wording suggested by President Nelson and actively change the way we communicate with others so that there is no question that we worship and strive to pattern our lives after Jesus Christ.