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The Name of the Church

3 Nephi 27:3-8 clearly explains that the true church should have Christ’s name in it:

“And they said unto him: Lord, we will that thou wouldst tell us the name whereby we shall call this church; for there are disputations among the people concerning this matter. And the Lord said unto them: Verily, verily, I say unto you, why is it that the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing? Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day; And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved at the last day. Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake. And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church, if it so be that they are built upon my gospel.”

3 Nephi 26:21 gives the name of the church from the Lord:

“And they who were baptized in the name of Jesus were called the church of Christ.”

In 1830, the church leaders met together and decided upon “Church of Christ”. Then in 1834, it was changed to “The Church of the Latter Day Saints”. Finally, in 1838 it was named “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.”

So the church changed names twice in the space of 8 years and for four of those years, didn’t even have Christ’s name in it, in direct opposition to the church’s own scriptures.

Again, this is something I don’t view as particularly significant. But I do find it interesting.

Next Step: Mark Hofmann

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