Letter: Shouldn’t members of the LDS Church be proud of being referred to as Mormons?

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Church Office Building, located at 50 E N Temple St, Salt Lake City, is home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In response to David Warden’s recent submission to the Public Forum, I’m curious why he considers it a lack of respect by others using the name Mormon in mentioning his church.

You might think he would be proud of that moniker, since it represents the singular distinction separating his denomination from all other Christian sects. After all, it was the revered Nephite warrior-prophet Mormon who abridged the record destined to become the Book of Mormon, the unique centerpiece of the LDS faith.

By referring to Mormon as demonstrating a lack of respect, does that imply Warden and his fellow members are ashamed of its use in public discourse? Why wouldn’t they instead honor Mormon’s place in the establishment of a religion distancing itself from all others.

Joseph Smith said God told him all existing religious creeds “were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny power thereof.”

Shouldn’t members be proud of, not considering it being disrespectful, to be referred to as Mormons, the distinguishing name they’ve been known by for almost 200 years?

Raymond A. Hult, Bountiful

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