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The History of the Name of the Savior’s Church: A Collaborative and Revelatory Process

The History of the Name of the Savior’s Church: A Collaborative and Revelatory Process

Today our webpage is featuring an article by K. Shane Goodwin, "The History of the Name of the Savior’s Church: A Collaborative and Revelatory Process," from our journal 58:3. This article focuses on how the name of the Church has changed over time with three different names. Initially, it was the “Church of Christ,” then “The Church of the Latter Day Saints,” and then—as with so many other aspects of the Restoration—a line- upon-line process led to the name “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

This article charts the refining process by presenting a timeline of the Church’s official and unofficial names and explores the nature of human and divine collaboration along the way. In addition to divine revelation, we also see in the construction of the name of our faith the imprints of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Brigham Young, Joseph F. Smith, and others.