Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Proper Name of the Church

I stumbled upon a book at Deseret Industries the other day called "Why Would Anyone Join the Mormon Church?"  It is written by Brad Brase, who converted to the Church.  It gives his conversion story and describes some of the opposition he got when he wanted to join the Church.  He also tells of many misconceptions that he was confronted with.  The book covers these misconceptions and gives some discussion of why they are misconceptions.

Early in the book he talks of the proper name of the church.  At one point he says, "The only true and correct name of the Church is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.'  Since Latter-day Saints equally embrace the inspired writings of the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, it wouldn't make any more sense to call them 'Mormons' than it would to called them 'Ezikiels,' 'Isaiahs,' Matthews,' 'Lukes,' or 'Peters'  And their doctrine is no more 'Mormonism" than it is 'Jeremiahism,' Danielism,' 'Johnism,' 'Jamesism,'or 'Paulism.'"

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