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Church President: Use 'Latter-day Saints' Not 'Mormon'

On Thursday Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using "Mormon," or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nelson said in a statement that the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church."

An updated style guide posted by the faith suggests using "the Church," Church of Jesus Christ" or "restored Church of Jesus Christ" when a shortened reference is needed. For church members, it requests using "Latter-day Saints" or "members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

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The term "Mormonism" should no longer be used either to refer to the faith's doctrine, culture and lifestyle, the styled guide said.

The church says it will update websites and materials in the coming months to reflect the guidance.