Thursday, August 16, 2018


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced today the new style guidelines for referring to the Church, asking people to avoid using terms such as “LDS Church” and “Mormon Church.”

President Russell M Nelson official statement/revelation: 
"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. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so. Additional information about this important matter will be made available in the coming months'
It appears that President Nelson has received "revelation" to no longer use the term "Mormon Church or LDS Church." After hearing this news, someone commented "The Lord is revealing really important stuff."

Ironically this official statement from the Church is on the website and

The official statement continues to read as follows:
On first reference, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” is preferred, according to the Church’s Newsroom site. “The Church,” “Church of Jesus Christ” and the “restored Church of Jesus Christ” are acceptable as abbreviated names.
Members of the Church should be referred to as "members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" or "Latter-day Saints,” not “Mormons,” according to Newsroom.

Keeping with the new guidelines and to follow the prophet's impressions that came to his mind, I wonder what the new name of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be, since we now need to avoid the term "Mormon"...

I guess some options are call them:
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tabernacle Choir
  • The Church's Choir
  • The Restored Church of Jesus Christ's Choir 
  •  or maybe "Jesus Christ's Tabernacle Choir "

Speaking about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir..(or whatever they will be called from now on)

A few weeks ago the State of Utah observed the 24th of July, a state holiday to commemorate the Mormon pioneers arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.  As part of the events of that week, my wife and I attended the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Concert. Below is the printed program cover. 

I was surprised at how little the cover resembled anything like something that would be honoring the pioneers or celebrating the 24th of July. The program looked alot more "Hollywood-like." I found it interesting that they would use on the cover the Conference Center with the spotlights to almost mimic iconic buildings found in Hollywood with the movie spotlights used at  red carpet premieres. 
What ever happened to the covered wagons and oxen? Maybe now those are too cliche.

Cool summer nights under Hollywood lights is way more exciting to celebrate our Mormon Pioneers.. I mean the ..."Latter-day Saint" Pioneers. 

Historically, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Program was to honor the Mormon Pioneers. However, this year the Choir honored different kind of pioneers. They honored the theatrical "pioneers" of Rodgers and Hammerstein. With the exception of the one song which has the famous chorus words of "all is well, All is Well",  all of the songs performed that night were Broadway hits.  The guest soloist who was invited to sing with the choir was Matthew Morrison, the TV star of the hit show Glee. He is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee. 

I am reminded of a talk given by M Russell Ballard in 2003 entitled "Let Our Voices Be Heard"

"Each year the new shows seem to get worse, pushing the envelope of what the public will accept. What comes out of Hollywood, and off the internet and in much of today's music creates a web of decadence that can trap our children and endanger all of us."

So I wonder whose idea it was to invite the TV star of  Glee, one of the most LGBT friendly TV shows and have a Hollywood/Broadway theme for our annual Pioneer Day Concert.  


Vaughn Hughes said..., LDS Business College (+ crest and logo), the "I'm a Mormon!" marketing campaign... Wow. This revelation that Pres. Nelson re-received is really going to shuffle their deck. Perhaps TCOTPOTCOJCOLDS will also release the trademark they've had on the word "Mormon" and stop pestering other businesses that would also like to profit off that name. (like dating services, etc.)

Taylor said...

Saw this comment online, I don't know them personally but the comment is interesting.

While Sam Young has been fasting for something like 18 days now, has invited each Apostle to visit with him and discuss the matter (remember, after trying every other option... I can testify to this, because I have been following him), has shared more than 3,000 stories from victims, and been doing his best to bring attention to the matter.... the church has ignored him. And today... they announce that the Lord impressed upon the Prophet how important it is for people to refer to the church as "The Church Of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints"... because this is the most pressing matter? This is the priority of the church? What people call the church and it's members? Not the starving man across the street, standing up for thousands of abused children, some now adults. This starving man standing up for LDS youth who have committed suicide because of the end results of these interviews? This is the priority? Really? He is across the street, pounding the pavement, much like Samuel on the Wall.... and the church ignores him and the victims, both on their page, and in this hugely arrogant way today, by posting how important it is to make sure you call the church by the right name, while completely ignoring Sam Young and all the victims.

James said...

From "The term 'Mormonism' is inaccurate and should not be used. When describing the combination of doctrine, culture and lifestyle unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the term "the restored gospel of Jesus Christ" is accurate and preferred."

Oh really?

"Truth is Mormonism. God is the author of it."
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 3:297 (20 March 1839)

"Hell may pour forth its rage like the burning lava of Mount Vesuvius...and yet shall 'Mormonism' stand... God is the author of it. He is our shield. ... It was by Him we received the Book of Mormon; and it is by Him that we remain unto this day; and by Him we shall remain, if it shall be for our glory; and in His Almighty name we are determined to endure tribulation as good soldiers unto the end."
Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith (1976), 139.

"One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may."
Joseph Smith, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 199 (9 July 1843)

"Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of "Mormonism"; [it is designed] to revolutionize and civilize the world, and cause wars and contentions to cease and men to become friends and brothers."
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:517 (23 July 1843)

"Have the Presbyterians any truth? Yes. Have the Baptists, Methodists, &c., any truth? Yes. They all have a little truth mixed with error. We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up, or we shall not come out true 'Mormons.'"
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:517 (23 July 1843)

Cry from the Dust said...

“The term “Mormonism” is inaccurate and should not be used. When describing the combination of doctrine, culture and lifestyle unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the term “the restored gospel of Jesus Christ” is accurate and preferred.”

Scary thing for the church to say, considering 3 Ne 11:40. Culture and lifestyle are not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Unknown said...

The choir was originally known simply as "The Tabernacle Choir" and only adopted their current name after that is what they became known as.

JP said...

Why not "The Holy Choir Hand Grenade of Jesus Christ"?

Adrian Larsen said...

Next movie flop: Meet the Latter-day Saints.

Doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?