Background

Are Mormons and Latter-day Saints the Same?

From time to time Mormons are asked to clarify what the correct name of their church is, and how to appropriately refer to a member of their religion. 

The correct name of the church to which Mormons belong is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

While most members of the Church do not mind being called "Mormons," a more formal way to refer to a person who belongs to the faith is "a Latter-day Saint," or "a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

The nickname "Mormon" came about because of one of the Church's sacred texts, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." 

Latter-day Saints look to The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price as scripture.

On some occasions media professionals and others refer to "The Mormon Church," or "The Church of Latter-day Saints," or "The LDS Church."

While these names are not offensive to members of the Church, it is appreciated when the full and correct name of the Church is used. This is because Latter-day Saints are devoted followers of Jesus Christ and having His name included in the name of the Church is important to them.

Read more about media style for journalists reporting on the Church or any of its members.

Watch a video of Latter-day Saint leader, Elder M. Russell Ballard, talking about the significance of the name of the Church.

Additional Resources

Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.