The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Discusses the Use of the Term 'Mormon' in Recent News Coverage

Sep 13, 2000, 01:00 ET from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The terms Mormon fundamentalist,
 and Mormon splinter group are regularly, albeit inaccurately, used by some
 news media outlets to describe individuals or organizations who embrace the
 practice of polygamy.  Such use of these terms is misleading, since they imply
 that the individual or organization described is affiliated in some way with
 "the Mormons" or "the Mormon church."
     The term Mormon is a nickname applied exclusively to members of The Church
 of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or to that church (see The Associated
 Press Stylebook).  It is not accurately applied to any other person or
 organization.
     Polygamists and polygamist organizations that occasionally make the news
 are not dissident wings of the Church.  They have no affiliation whatsoever
 with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Since those who
 practice polygamy today are not affiliated with "the Mormon church," and since
 they are not "Mormons," a more accurate and less misleading description of
 them in the media would be polygamist, or polygamous sect or polygamous church
 or polygamous group or polygamous movement, etc.
 
 

SOURCE The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The terms Mormon fundamentalist,
 and Mormon splinter group are regularly, albeit inaccurately, used by some
 news media outlets to describe individuals or organizations who embrace the
 practice of polygamy.  Such use of these terms is misleading, since they imply
 that the individual or organization described is affiliated in some way with
 "the Mormons" or "the Mormon church."
     The term Mormon is a nickname applied exclusively to members of The Church
 of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or to that church (see The Associated
 Press Stylebook).  It is not accurately applied to any other person or
 organization.
     Polygamists and polygamist organizations that occasionally make the news
 are not dissident wings of the Church.  They have no affiliation whatsoever
 with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Since those who
 practice polygamy today are not affiliated with "the Mormon church," and since
 they are not "Mormons," a more accurate and less misleading description of
 them in the media would be polygamist, or polygamous sect or polygamous church
 or polygamous group or polygamous movement, etc.
 
 SOURCE  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints