ReaganI am not sure the emphasis to stop using the word “Mormon” was intended to have the press focus on “Using the term ‘Mormon’ is a victory for Satan.”  This topic did cause me to reflect a bit on nicknames.  There are certainly derogatory nicknames that are used to intentionally disrespect an individual or a group.  There are some nicknames that are actually complements, such as Ronald Reagan being known as, “The Great Communicator. ”  There are many nicknames that are neither derogatory nor complementary such as Chicago being known as “the windy city.”  It is what it is.


The term, “Mormon” has fit almost all of the above classifications over time and can even change depending on the context.  As many have pointed out, “Mormon” was used by many previous prophets of the church from Joseph Smith onward.  It is obvious to point out the huge investment in, “Meet the Mormons” or the “I’m a Mormon” campaign.  I seems to me that the latter campaign seemed to be successfully attempting reclaiming the word, “Mormon” to be something proud of.

But the word has come that we need to be using Christ’s name more in our labeling and naming.  President Nelson couldn’t have made it more clear in his general conference talk.

MelchizedekBut this seems to stand in contrast to what we call the upper priesthood.  So using “Mormon” nickname offends God, but according to Doctrine and Covenants 107 using the nickname of “Melchizedek” is required for what is actually named, “the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.”   This alternate name is “out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too-frequent repetition of his name.”  There could be a whole addition post on how this relates to never mentioning our Heavenly Mother’s name or even about her much.

But I can quite figure this out.  Why in one case we don’t want to wear out / make common the name of Jesus Christ, but now we are being asked to say it all the time?

Why is it that in one case we are told not to mention the Son of God in one case, but then always use it in another case?

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