And if we allowed nicknames to be used and 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 LDS Church, the Mormon Church or the Church of the Latter-day Saints, the most glaring omission is the absence of the saviors name.
To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s church is a major victory for Satan.Excerpt from an October 2018 General Conference address by Russell M.Nelson:
October 2018 General Conference address by Russell M.Nelson:
His statement intrigued me—Mormon means “more good.” I knew, of course, that “more good” was not a derivative of the word Mormon. I had studied both Latin and Greek, and I knew that English is derived in some measure from those two languages and that the words more good are not a cognate of the word Mormon. But his was a positive attitude based on an interesting perception. And, as we all know, our lives are guided in large measure by our perceptions. Ever since, when I have seen the word Mormon used in the media to describe us—in a newspaper or a magazine or book or whatever—there flashes into my mind his statement, which has become my motto: Mormon means “more good.”
We may not be able to change the nickname, but we can make it shine with added luster.Excerpt from an October 1990 General Conference address by Gordon B. Hinckley:
October 1990 General Conference address by Gordon B. Hinckley: