What’s in a Name?
Review by - Danny L
In 2010, the LDS Church launched a public campaign, “I’m a Mormon,” featuring biographical sketches of Church members throughout the world. In 2014, the LDS Church released a full-length film, “Meet the Mormons.” Thomas Monson was the President and Prophet of the Church during that era. He had been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1963 and for a half century, Elder Monson was involved in the public affairs department of the Church. It seems that if anyone would have known the will of God concerning the offensive term “Mormon” or “Mormonism” it would have been this tenured LDS apostle. But once Russell Nelson replaced Monson as prophet he confessed, “I realize with profound regret that we have unwittingly acquiesced in the Lord’s restored Church being called by other names, each of which expunges the sacred name of Jesus Christ.”
It seems that President Nelson is condemning every LDS leader from Joseph Smith on for the past 180 years, for using the terms “Mormon” and “Mormonism” in their speeches and writings. As prophets and apostles, shouldn’t they have known they were being offensive to God? How could they not know that it was such a big deal to the God of Mormonism? And, why did God wait so long to make this “correction?” For a century and a half, past church leaders were giving victory to Satan and offending Jesus. Even, disregarding Christ’s atonement. Sounds awfully serious!