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Don’t call us ‘LDS,’ church asks - call us ‘The Church’

People walk pass the Salt Lake Temple on the way to the Conference Center during opening session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ April 2014 general conference.
People walk pass the Salt Lake Temple on the way to the Conference Center during opening session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ April 2014 general conference. AP file

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced new style guidelines for referring to the church, asking people to avoid using terms such as “LDS Church” and “Mormon Church.”

On first reference, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” is preferred, according to the church’s Newsroom site. “The Church,” “Church of Jesus Christ” and the “restored Church of Jesus Christ” are acceptable as abbreviated names.

“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,” President Russell M. Nelson said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

Members of the church should be referred to as “members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or “Latter-day Saints,” not “Mormons,” according to the Newsroom website.

The full updated guidelines are available on the church’s website..

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