Russel M. Nelson
“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and directions for your own life”
–Russell M. Nelson, “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign, November 2017 (Conference Edition), 62-63.
Thus, the name of the Church is not negotiable. When the Savior clearly states what the name of His Church should be and even precedes His declaration with, “Thus shall my church be called,” He is serious. And if we allow nicknames to be used or adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, He is offended.
What’s in a name or, in this case, a nickname? When it comes to nicknames of the Church, such as the “LDS Church,” the “Mormon Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” the most important thing in those names is the absence of the Savior’s name. To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s Church is a major victory for Satan. When we discard the Savior’s name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us—even His Atonement.
“Please avoid using the abbreviation ‘LDS’ or the nickname ‘Mormon’ as substitutes for the name of teh Church, as in ‘Mormon Church,’ LDS Church,’ or ‘Church of the Latter-day Saints.”–New style guide.
“The Savior invites all to follow Him into the waters of baptism and, in time, to make additional covenants with God in the temple and receive and be faithful to those further essential ordinances. All these are required if we want to be exalted with our families and with God forever” –President Russell M. Nelson, “Come, Follow Me,” Ensign (Conference edition), May 2019, pp. 89-90.
“We preach tithing to the poor people of the world because the poor people of the world have had cycles of poverty, generation after generation. That same poverty continues from one generation to another, until people pay their tithing” (Russell M. Nelson, “’Dowry is not the Lord’s way’: In Kenya, LDS President Nelson says tithing breaks poverty cycle,” Deseret News, 4/16/2018).
“As Latter-day Saints, we refer to His mission as the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which made resurrection a reality for all and made eternal life possible for those who repent of their sins and receive and keep essential ordinances and covenants” –Russell M. Nelson, “Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2017 p. 40.
“Then one night last May, I was awakened by those two little girls from the other side of the veil. Though I did not see or hear them with my physical senses, I felt their presence. Spiritually, I heard their pleadings. Their message was brief and clear: ‘Brother Nelson, we are not sealed to anyone! Can you help us?’ Soon thereafter, I learned that their mother had passed away, but their father and younger brother were still alive” –Russell M. Nelson, “The Price of Priesthood Power,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 66.
“Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit.” –Apostle Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign Special Issue Temples, October 2010, p. 49.
“So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 31
“Until the last ones of the residue of Adam’s children are brought up to that favorable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood. They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 45
“Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands. But you who trifle with your covenants, be careful lest in judging you will be judged.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 35
“Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 39
“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 25