Posted by: edain | October 13, 2007

Mormon – All rights reserved

The Book of MormonThe term Mormon was used as a pejorative name to the believers in the Book of Mormon from which the word has it’s origin. So Mormon is a Book of Mormon believer.

Mormon or Mormonite was first used in 1830, however the Church started in 1970 using to refer itself as such.

About the origin of the word, according to Joseph Smith it came from the “Egyptian, “mon.” Hence, with the addition of “more,” or the contraction, “mor,” we have the word “mormon”; which means, literally, “more good.”

At the other hand the President Gordon B. Hinckley in a speech in 1990 denied such statement when said that he “knew, of course, that “more good” was not a derivative of the word Mormon. I had studied both Latin and Greek, and I knew that English is derived in some measure from those two languages and that the words more good are not a cognate of the word Mormon.
However he adopted the prophet statement that Mormon should mean “more good”

He also recognized that “regardless of our efforts, we may never convert the world to general use of the full and correct name of the Church. Because of the shortness of the word Mormon and the ease with which it is spoken and written, they will continue to call us the Mormons, the Mormon church, and so forth.”

“We may not be able to change the nickname, but we can make it shine with added luster” and that is exactly what the Church started to do, adopting using and monopolize the nickname Mormon.

So, something that we must remember that the nickname does not belong to the Church and because the origin of the name is to those that follow Smith teachings and accept the Book of Mormon as scripture, then the term should be borrow also to all the sects of the Mormonism. If the main Church derivate in many schismatic churches and still kept the main origin then they are Mormons. Hence LDS Mormon, Reformed Mormon, Mormon fundamentalist, etc.

Recently the Public Relations department publish style guides to refer to the church, where we see that ” While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use.” Furthermore try to deny it use “when referring to people or organizations that practice polygamy, the terms “Mormons,” “Mormon fundamentalist,” “Mormon dissidents,” etc. are incorrect. The Associated Press Stylebook notes: “The term Mormon is not properly applied to the other … churches that resulted from the split after [Joseph] Smith’s death.”” But who gives to the Church such power? Since the term is not native from a member of the Church but from non-members, the Church should encourage the proper name of the Church instead of steal a well known term, worse, trying to limit it use.

But the Church goes further, in some countries, Mormon and some phrases including the term are registered trademarks owned by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. In the United States, the LDS Church has applied for a trademark on “Mormon” as applied to religious services; however, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the application, stating that the term “Mormon” was too generic, and is popularly understood as referring to a particular kind of church, like “Presbyterian” or “Methodist”, rather than a service mark. The application is on appeal as of mid-200.

The only reason I can find is that the Church could be linked to practices that she doesn’t believe anymore, but the Church should realize that have sisters churches like it or not. The Church struggle so hard to be accepted with the nickname Christians (monopolized for another group) but then don’t realize that they are been treated the same way it treats other Mormon Churches: You can’t hold that nickname because you don’t practice our practices, our believes and doctrines.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Sec.6 p.300
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Mormon Should Mean ‘More Good’,” Ensign, Nov 1990, 51



  1. I agree completely.

  2. I don’t know that English is derived at all from Greek and Latin, except in the words received from French. However, the word “more” comes from an ancient germanic root:

    As far as the alleged Egyptian root “Mon”, my research would suggest that an actual translation from Egyptian would be more likely “n-f-r” (eg queen Nefertiti). Here’s an online ancient Egyptian dictionary:
    But you have to look things up in German. Enter “guest” as user ID and password and look up “Gut” as the ‘translation’.

    To LDS anarchist – if you get this, why are you an anarchist and a mormon? they seem completely at odds, speaking frankly and with genuine curiosity.

  3. Also I would add, how can GB Hinckley justify his contradiction of Joseph Smith’s “translation”? Does that mean we can disregard Smith’s other efforts at “translation”?

  4. Kirk, I’m a Mormon because of a series of manifestations of the Holy Ghost, in the which I became converted unto the Lord and his gospel. I’m an anarchist because the Lord is the champion of free agency and Satan is the champion of compulsion, coercion, force. Of all the political systems, only anarchy – which is based on freedom of choice (free agency), voluntary cooperation and mutual benefit, without compulsion – completely fits the Lord’s gospel. All other political systems (otherwise known as States) are based upon various degrees of coercion – forcing people to fight wars, forcing people to pay taxes, forcing people to be imprisoned, forcefully taking people’s lives from them and other means of coercing people to bend to the will of the State. None of this is of God, who compels no one to obey him, but it is all of the devil, who sought to destroy free agency and is now so engaged on this planet. So, anarchism and Mormonism go hand in hand. For more information, see the anarchy section of my LDS Anarchy blog or see newspaper.

  5. Actually, I would say that anarchism COULD go hand by hand with Jesus’ idealism, another thing is been an LDS per se, when someone take a choice (e.g. be baptize) the “free agency” is limited to the standards of the church and the subsequent following of rules, what border the agency itself.

    In the ideal church, the members don’t know the rules (commandments), they just live their lives according to their conscience that happed to follow the rules by nature (inspired by the Spirit if you like) that freedom of choice is there and is not altered for a foresaw of the consequence of it and their membership.

    LDS members are under the “compulsion” of the church and it leaders, generals or locals, and can be compared to the “compulsion” that ruled the Israelites in the OT following the Law of Moses.

    Jesus’ IDEAS and mormonism still are a little far each other.

    I think you are not totally right when you say God doesn’t compels to obey him, in the Bible and BoM are plenty of evidence that proof he does (e.g. Jonas’ forced mission , Laban’s murder, Peter’s dream about gentile, Jesus’ prayer on Gethsemane ).

    At least is my thought, will check those links.

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