Let’s talk about the announcement by President Nelson.
You know what I’m talking about, right?
President Nelson encouraged us to remember whose church this is and refrain from using terms such as “Mormon” and “LDS”.
“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
In my mind, it was something we had heard before and it was a good reminder.
But then I thought, “Oh, my website url should probably be updated, along with my Facebook pages and logo.” I laughed at the fact that an announcement from the prophet would so directly impact me and cause me to make a change to my business.
Then I got on Twitter and read tweets of people who had opinions all over the map.
Some in complete disagreement. “This is the same thing again.” “Doesn’t he know about SEO.” “Saying Mormon is so much easier.” “This is a waste of time.” “What about domain authority?” “How can I say I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without losing my breath?”
These are all valid points.
Others on social media were excited about the announcement and quick to make changes to their urls, Facebook page names, and Twitter handles.
— Latter-day Saint Women Stand (@LDSWStand) August 18, 2018
I love Al Carraway’s response on Facebook which highlights her excitement in have a living prophet to follow. One thing she said that I loved was this: “I went far too long without a prophet in my personal life and far too long without God & this past week has left me nothing but humbled & excited & tear-filled grateful…”
Christopher Cunningham of Mormon Hub wrote an incredible article regarding President Nelson’s announcement and I would encourage you all to read it. One of the things he said will stay with me for a long time. He was interviewed by the Deseret News about the announcement and was quoted saying: “The gist of the article I posted today was, ‘A prophet’s no good who tells you what you’re already thinking'”.
How cool is that? I love that perspective and it certainly rings true to my heart and mind.
I went far too long without a prophet in my personal life and far too long without God
But something I read recently was even more powerful than that.
It were some words from an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Neil L. Andersen and his wife have been accompanying President and Sister Nelson on their trip to Canada, and Elder Andersen is sharing some incredible messages on his Facebook page about the trip.
One thing he shared was in regards to a comment President Nelson made in regards to the correct name of the church.
“In a comment about emphasizing the correct name of the Church, President Nelson said that this was not an effort to rename the Church, but a need to correct something that has replaced the name the Lord gave to the Church. He said that we revere the name of Mormon as a prophet and writer, but he was sure that Mormon would not want the Church named after him. He added that many say that this can’t be done, but it will be done.”
My message to those who doubt President Nelson is this, “Don’t.” I understand some of your concerns, but I invite you to accept his challenge and invitation with excitement and joy, not with skepticism and concern.
many say that this can’t be done, but it will be done.
I have full confidence in our prophet. He is a seer, and that is a more powerful tool than SEO, keywords, and hashtags will ever be. Let us receive his counsel with joy and watch miracles happen as we engage in the work of gathering Israel and bringing the blessings of Christ’s gospel to all of God’s children.
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