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  1. New development coming from President Russell M. Nelson and the Mormon Newsroom regarding the name of the Church, including the following: • When referring to the Church, The full name of the Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is encouraged and preferred. • Please refer to members of the Church as Latter-day Saints. Please avoid the term “Mormons.” • Please avoid the term “Mormonism.” It is inaccurate. When a shortened version is needed, please use “The Church of Jesus Christ” or the “restored Church of Jesus Christ”. Please avoid the terms “The Mormon Church” and “The LDS Church.” It will be interesting to see how this goes. If I recall correctly, it has been tried before, but didn’t last very long. The terms “Mormons” and “Mormonism” are deeply ingrained and hard to get rid of. It is part of our identity. See: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mormonnewsroom.org%2Farticle%2Fname-of-the-church&h=AT3psjcZ7YewKU-Kd0tUF4HZH0V7YLlToxHxgwtImQp2OUYYUQKplEQezQg-fINiBacO4l8gKUfvtnwFl-dM-_aHm-ThDc2bMZpxHhkDjWJTVQcVgINL30Nv-8YOH_XbD3JdRK4UmNY&s=1
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    The Name of the Church

    If we want to be referred to by our actual name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Latter-day Saints, then we need to actually act like followers/decipiles of Christ. Walk the walk, not just talk the talk, so to speak. I don’t care if somebody calls me a Mormon. I’m more concerned that I’m actually following Christ.
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    The Name of the Church

    Why don’t we also get rid of the “I’m a Mormon” campaign and Mormon.org? At least it would be consistent. When it’s inconsistently applied, it just confuses people.
  4. I heard a talk recently by President Russell M. Nelson saying that we are in the "latter end of the latter-days." I can't locate the source at the moment, but I believe it was from his Youth Fireside address in January of this year or last year. I've always been leery of speculating of the exact timing of the Second Coming (an actual prophesied physical future event), but with statements like this, it's hard not to wonder. After all, the name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Should this statement be considered a prophecy, or simply a random statement by a church leader, but not necessarily an official doctrinal pronouncement? I mean, supposedly they have been saying stuff off the cuff like this for years. But...if the latter days started in about 1820 (at the time of the First Vision), and curently we are only 3 years away from the year 2020, perhaps we are not that far away from the Second Coming after all! My bigger questions, though, are should we really bother to try to improve humanity and current world conditions if things are only going to get worse before Christ comes again? Exactly how bad will things get? Is the Church really where it needs to be right now in order for this to happen? Less than 1% of the world's population is LDS, and even less than that are active LDS. How many of us really live our religion perfectly and can honestly say we are ready for this? There probably won't be any large LDS growth for the foreseeable future as far as numbers are concerned. What will become of everything and everbody else? Or should I even concern myself with such things?
  5. President Trump is under criminal investigation for colluding with a foreign power to sway the election in his favor. I don’t think he should be allowed to appoint a new Supreme Court nominee until after the Special Counsel / Russia investigation is completed. So much is at stake here - Not just abortion rights, but health care, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, union rights, environmental justice, and so much more. We are in for an ugly, divisive fight.
  6. There are only so many dead people. And there are more temples now than ever before. But what if we run out of names to do work for? Is that an issue? In our temple, they are limiting the names of people you can do work for to your own family tree.
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    Seems even timelier today than in 1970

    I hope we can all remember to love one another, especially those who are different from us. Let’s work together to solve world problems right here, right now. However bad world conditions might be, that does not give us an excuse to just sit back and let it happen. Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world! I believe in a gospel of hope!