The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“We are the army of the Church Of Jesus Christ! … Of Latter-day Saints!”
Have you ever wondered where the name for the Church came from? It actually came from revelation given by Jesus Christ, through Joseph Smith. In 1838, the Lord said to Joseph,
“For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:4).
When the Savior visited the people living in the Western Hemisphere, the people asked what the name of their Church should be. He told them that they should call the church after his name, and said,
“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“ (see 3 Nephi 27:3-11).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (so as to differentiate the organization from the Church that the Savior himself set up when he lived on the earth) meets those two criteria set up by the Savior: (1) it is called after His name, and (2) it is built upon His gospel.