The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)

On first reference, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS is acceptable on subsequent mentions.


Latter-day Saints is the preferred term for LDS members, although Mormon is acceptable and may be more recognized.


The Church’s in-house style guide advises against the Mormon Church, the LDS Church and Church of Latter-day Saints.


Houses of worship are temples: The LDS Temple in Philadelphia is undergoing renovations.


The Church says:

  • “Mormon” is correctly used in proper names such as the Book of Mormon, Mormon Tabernacle Choir or Mormon Trail, or when used as an adjective in such expressions as “Mormon pioneers.”
  • The term “Mormonism” is acceptable in describing the combination of doctrine, culture and lifestyle unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • When referring to people or organizations that practice polygamy, the terms “Mormons,” “Mormon fundamentalist,” “Mormon dissidents,” etc. are incorrect. The Associated Press Stylebook notes: “The term Mormon is not properly applied to the other … churches that resulted from the split after [Joseph] Smith’s death.”