Where does the term “Mormons” come from?
The actual name of the church that many know as the “Mormon Church” is the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” Some people call us the Mormons, others call us the LDS. Both are simply nicknames, easier to say and shorter.
The name “Mormon” is actual the name of the ancient prophet who made the compilation of records that was translated and is now known to us as the “Book of Mormon.” Mormon was a prophet, leader, and historian in his day, a few hundred years after Christ was born.
“Mormon” not the name of the church; only a nickname
The nickname “Mormons” stuck, partly because of the importance of the Book of Mormon, and partly because it is a lot easier to say that “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” However, it is important to note that the actual name of the church is focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is His church, and no one else’s.
Jesus Christ is the Center
At the core of our religious beliefs is our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the focus of everything we strive for on this earth. Our entire earthly journey revolves around being like Him, and returning to be with Him after this life is over. He is the only way we can return to our Father in Heaven, and because of His great Sacrifice, known as the Atonement, we can all be forgiven of our sins.
How do church members feel about the term “Mormons”
99.9% of the members of my church aren’t affronted by the term “Mormons” or “Mormonism”… even though these are simply nicknames. The fact of the matter is, much of the world knows us by those names; that, and the abbreviation LDS, which is also simply a nickname. I for one am glad to help people learn more about the Church and the Gospel no matter what people call it.