Do Not Call Us Mormons or LDS Church, Leaders Ask

(Reuters) Leaders of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday called on people to stop referring to the faith as Mormonism, although the church acknowledged one of its central texts would still be called the Book of Mormon.

An online guide accompanying a pronouncement from the church president also asked people to stop referring to followers of the religion as Mormons and not to use the name “LDS” as a shorthand way of describing the faith.

“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 Nelson claimed in a statement. “We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.”

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