The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nine words.
Why? Many reasons… but a new one occurred to me today. It teaches about salvation. Works or Grace? Both.
the church of JESUS CHRIST of latter-day SAINTS.
We believe in Jesus Christ; we worship Jesus Christ. We have Him in our thoughts, we say His name in every prayer. Our dearest hope is to be like Him and be near Him.
Next, He told us to be saints. He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” “Be ye perfect.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” Works do not save us, Jesus saves us. All the works in the world can never erase a sin; Jesus erases sin. But can we really ignore him when he says to keep his commandments?
We are not just the Church of Jesus Christ, and we are not just the Church of Latter-Day Saints. We need both parts in our name. And every time we say that full name, we teach others about what it takes to be saved. Worth nine words, no?