The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the Mormon Church. Sometimes it is referred to as the LDS church or just LDS, short for “Latter-day Saint.” Many Mormons prefer to be called as LDS because it better communicates our relationship with God and our church. The nickname Mormon came about because we believe in The Book of Mormon, a book of scripture that serves as a companion to the Bible and serves as another testament of Jesus Christ. It is called “The Book of Mormon” because Mormon was the prophet who compiled and abridged multiple collections of scripture from the ancient Americas into what is now known as The Book of Mormon.
I believe it is important to know the real name of our church because it points out something very important that sometimes people don’t realize – we are Christians. We are followers of Christ and believe him to be our Savior. We believe in the Bible and the Book of Mormon because they teach of Christ. There is a verse in the Book of Mormon that states it quite clearly. Alma 46:15:
“And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.”
Though we are commonly called Mormons or LDS, we are most importantly Christians. Our church, our books of scripture, our teachings and our lives are all centered on Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.