Earlier today, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received word that the Church’s decades-old website will be renamed. Instead of the longstanding LDS.org, members will now turn to ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Along with the main website, there are also changes to other outlets in order to bring various departments into compliance with President Nelson’s name correction for the Church. As reported by the Church’s Newsroom earlier today:

  • MormonNewsroom.org will become Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org
  • Mormon.org will become ComeUntoChrist.org
  • The Church’s official presence on Twitter will switch from @LDSChurch to @ChurchNewsroom (this is the new Twitter account of the Church’s newsroom, previously @MormonNewsroom)
  • On Facebook, a new “group has been established to build community and better inform individuals about Church news and updates. This group is called ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Inspiration and News.’ This group is designed to be a place of community and connection for Latter-day Saints.” (Not explicitly mentioned in the Newsroom release is the fact that the Facebook page for the Church changed from facebook.com/LDS to facebook.com/ChurchOfJesusChrist)

Fun fact, LDS.org became the official website of the Church in 1996. The domain name was privately purchased by a church employee before the Church even considered the idea of having an “online presence.”[1] Someone else snagged the ChurchofJesusChrist.org domain name in 1999.[2] That website was long operated by the Church of Jesus Christ in Zion, based out of Independence, Missouri (see 2011 screenshot below). It looks like around 2014, the group started using that domain to redirect to a new website, ChurchofJesusChristinZion.org (no longer active).

Screenshot of ChurchofJesusChrist.org from 2011

Other media coverage of the name changes: Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, FOX 13, KSL, ABC4.

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[1] Footnote added 3/6/19: as reported by the 2014 article “The History of LDS.org Shows God’s Hand – Part 1 of 2” by G. C. Duerden and Ben Groen. Part 2 can be found here. The articles give great historical info and include lots of screenshots of lds.org over the years.

[2] Footnote added 3/6/19: as noted on the ICANN WHOIS database for churchofjesuschrist.org. The database indicates that the domain was originally created 4 January 1999.