In October 2011 the apostle M. Russell Ballard spoke at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon Church. Elder Ballard (leaders in the Church are referred to as “Elder”) spoke about the name of our Church and what it means.
“I have thought a lot about why the Savior gave the nine-word name to His restored Church,” Elder Ballard said. “It may seem long, but if we think of it as a descriptive overview of what the Church is, it suddenly becomes wonderfully brief, candid, and straightforward.”
According to Elder Ballard’s talk, I have created this graphic to illustrate what the name of the Church means:
So after all this you may be wondering, why do I refer to the Church as The Mormon Church? Why is this website BasicMormonBeliefs.com? The reality is, that’s how most people know the Church and search for topics about it online. That being said, I hope this post has helped you understand the meaning and purpose behind the true name of the Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.