Russel M. Nelson, the current prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made national news recently when he shared that he has received continuous revelation indicating the Savior is unhappy with us designating ourselves as Mormons, as LDS, or the Church as the Mormon (or LDS) church. This came as a bit of surprise, especially with the Church itself’s branding of items like the “I’m a Mormon” videos, Mormon.org, and of course the long-time use of names like LDS Business School and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It’s caused a little bit of consternation for yours truly as well since I’ve been writing this daily blog, The Daily Mormon, for several weeks now. (Though I’m still just getting started, I have put in hundreds of hours so far writing and curating the information you find here or have possibly been following herein; I’ve enjoyed it and thought the Daily Mormon name was pretty great, I’ll admit).
Click Here to read the official announcement from President Nelson, if you’d like to.
I really don’t mind the time spent and I personally don’t have an issue with this direction from the prophet at all. If anything, it’s one more indicator of the fact we have a living prophet of God leading us (one who doesn’t just do or ask us to do the “easy” things). If you believe he is who he is, you want to do what he asks. And I do support him and believe in him and his counsel 100%. He’s no less a prophet than Joseph Smith was, or Noah, or Isaiah, or anyone else. The bigger questions for me (small by comparison I’m sure to others surrounding this announcement) lie in what to call my blog now and also, really, how to title many of my posts. It may sound like no big deal but it’s definitely more challenging. “The Daily Mormon” just rolled off your tongue. It was short and concise. Everything else feels more long and unwieldy. I just need to figure it out. (FYI, you might have noticed, but I already went in and changed a number of my posts to read LDS and I’ve started referring to the blog as “The Latter-day Light” for now, but I’ll admit, I’m not convinced yet that that should be the long-term title. I guess you could say I’m mostly just ruminating on it for now.
The essence of President Nelson’s official announcement is a re-emphasis of the fact that this is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not The Church of the Mormons or the LDS Church. He specifically said, “The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church,” going on to request that both LDS and Mormon be avoided in our vernacular ongoing. I dunno, but if nothing else, it’s going to make the titles of my blogs a lot longer, that’s for sure. But, let me repeat: I support the prophet fully. It isn’t a question of IF (for me), it’s more a question of HOW. To be perfectly honest, that’s always my main question when it comes to following the prophet—personal application and understanding.
For now, just know that I do support President Nelson, I believe him to be a prophet of God, and I trust him when he says the Savior would rather we call the Church by the correct name … His name. It makes sense. It is His church, after all, and I believe/respect that with all my heart. I honor that thought and will figure out the specific “applications” in time.
I think, what I’m going to do, is put my blog on hold for the next little while … think on it, pray about it, sleep on it, etc. I’m actually going camping with my wife up by the Clackamas River here in Oregon this next week anyway so that’s a good time to ponder and mull it over since I’m not going to have Internet access up there anyway (and was going to have to pre-write several posts or catch up when I got back). Instead, I’ll just put my writing on hold for now. It will do me some good to be out in nature and, hopefully, by the time I return, I’ll have a clearer idea of how to continue this project with this change of direction, supporting the prophet, but also writing and producing the material I’ve been so enjoying sharing with you thus far.
I’ll eventually change the URL, I suppose, as well, but for now at least it is what it is. At least President Nelson says that “Latter-day Saint” is an acceptable designation and I do kind of like “The Latter-day Light” though, still, I’m not 100% convinced that that should be it. I also like “The Daily Latter-day Saint” and “The Latter-day Saint Times,” etc. (all three of these are available it looks like on GoDaddy.com, which is a good thing).
I’ve actually changed the title temporarily, you may have noticed, to “The Latter-day Light,” just for the time being. I think that’s my favorite option so far. Like I said, though: I’m going to take the next several days and think it over a bit, then come back with my mind (hopefully) made up. Until then, please keep the Church and the prophet in your thoughts and prayers. I’ve really enjoyed writing this blog every day, and I feel strongly about doing so. I believe in the message of the Restored Gospel and want it to bless as many others as possible. How to continue is more of the question than whether to continue; I just need to figure out the mechanics of it all.
That’s it for now. Have a wonderful weekend and a great next week or two as well.
I’ll be back in touch soon.
Patrick Laing – The Daily… Mormon? – Portland, Oregon USA
PS – If you have an opinion on this topic (what you think the new blog name should be), please leave it in a Comment. I appreciate your feedback and input.
PPS – Here’s a follow-up video of President Nelson clarifying his position and statement, made just a few days after his original announcement that has caused such a buzz in the press:
Click Below to Watch the Video: