SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing the name of its websites to coincide with recent directives referring to the Church as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“Jesus Christ directed us to call the Church by His name because it is His Church, filled with His power,” President Russell M. Nelson has said previously.
On Friday the Church announced it is changing many of its communication channels to emphasize the Church’s name. The First Presidency explained that doing so would help members deepen their commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
“Every day we should ask ourselves, ‘How can we better live as Jesus Christ taught and lived?’” President Nelson said. “This mindset will help fill our lives, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our churches with more of Christ’s light and power.”
Mormon.org will eventually be incorporated under the new domain, but because the webpage is targeted to non-Mormons, changing the name and incorporating it into the new domain name may take several months to complete, it said.
“Merging it with the Church member-focused ChurchofJesusChrist.org will take more time,” said the press release.
The Church also explained that it is working to restructure all of its websites to create a more “personalized experience” under the ChurchofJesusChrist.org domain.
As for social media pages, the Church announced that several of its media accounts would consolidate giving greater emphasis to Christ.
“These social media channels will publish content more focused on living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ,” it said.
The Church reported that a new Facebook page has been created to better inform individuals about Church news and updates.
“This group is called 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Inspiration and News.' This group is designed to be a place of community and connection for Latter-day Saints.
In addition, the Church’s Twitter account display name will continue to be called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” with the username of @ChurchNewsroom. This will be the main source for Church news on social media.
Church mobile apps will eventually be renamed to coincide with direction from Church leaders regarding the naming of Church products. This means LDS Music will be called “Sacred Music” while The Gospel Library app will remain under the same name.
The email address for Church employees, Church leaders and volunteers will use the @ChurchofJesusChrist.org instead of the current @ldschurch.org.
The press release noted that changes in the domain names are meant to keep Christ’s name in all that the Church does. While there is still a lot of work to be done as the Church changes names in various languages, the First Presidency asked its members to “to be patient and courteous as changes are made.”
According to the press release, Church scripture and history show that the correct name of the Church has evolved over time from the early days of the Church.
Founded in 1830, the Church was originally referred to as the Church of Christ. Four years later, Church officials changed it to the Latter Day Saints in an effort to distinguish it from other Christian denominations of the time.
“Then in 1838, the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to Joseph Smith that the name of the Church is to be the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Over the years, the Church standardized the spelling and hyphenation of its name, making it The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as it is used today,” stated the press release.
The press release stated that since the Church’s beginnings, the Church has been given various names.
“It’s hard work to undo nearly 189 years of history, culture and practice. But with God the impossible is possible. As President Nelson made clear in August 2018, ‘We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with (God’s) will,’” it said.
For now, for more information may be found at https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-name-alignment.