The media and many other people commonly refer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Mormon Church, and thus, the Church’s faithful members are referred to as Mormons. One of the main causes for this misnomer is that Latter-day Saints (as they are properly named) use another volume of scripture in their teaching and personal study, called the Book of Mormon. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ profess that the Book of Mormon is not intended to supplant the teachings of the Holy Bible, but rather, it enhances the teachings found therein. Latter-day Saints testify that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and that both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God.

The Name of the Church – A Clarion Testimony and Standard to the Nations
"And how be it my church save it be called in my name? ... For if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name, then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel."  - 3 Nephi 27:8There are some who have the preconceived conception that Latter-day Saints worship Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ, or Mormon, a prophet – historian whose teachings are found in the Book of Mormon. However, Latter-day Saints do indeed worship the Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of the True and Living God. The official name of the Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – is a clarion testimony to the nations of the world that Latter-day Saints believe and valiantly testify that the Church is not named after any other, other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, whom they love, adore, and declare, is the Savior of all mankind. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon which reinforces this belief and testimony. Recorded in 3 Nephi 27:8 are these words:

And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel.

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Modern day scripture as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 115:4-6 reveals the Lord’s naming of His Church, and the stewardship given to the Saints to be a beacon to the world:

For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations; and that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.

A statement contained within the introduction to the Book of Mormon defines the unique contributory role Latter-day Saints play in the restoration of the Church:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah.

Wherefore, “the Church’s name signifies the [Latter-day Saints] community’s special responsibility, and it designates the crucial role every member, or saint, has in bringing about God’s kingdom. [1]

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Central Figure of Worship

Another misconception that some people have regarding The Church of Jesus Christ is that the teachings of Jesus Christ are not a part of the doctrines of the Church. The record emphatically refutes this fallacy. These words are found in the Book of Mormon, in 2 Nephi 25:26, 27:

26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

27 Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches as the main core and foundation of its doctrine that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. It is through His vicarious Atonement that a way has been made for all who will receive of His marvelous gift, to one day return home to the arms of the loving Heavenly Father who awaits them.

Latter-day Saints further testify that, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  Therefore, in all temporal and spiritual matters pertaining to this mortal life, and as they prepare for the life which they believe is perpetuated beyond the constraints of the grave, they can be found continuously “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

About Keith L. Brown
Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been born and raised Baptist. He was studying to be a Baptist minister at the time of his conversion to the LDS faith. He was baptized on 10 March 1998 in Reykjavik, Iceland while serving on active duty in the United States Navy in Keflavic, Iceland. He currently serves as the First Assistant to the High Priest Group for the Annapolis, Maryland Ward. He is a 30-year honorably retired United States Navy Veteran.

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