The Latter-day Saint blogger says faith is “on the move” as it strives to chart its future.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was once known almost as an ethnic group.
In the past three or more years since President Russell M. Nelson took over as the head of the 16.6 million-member global faith, elements of that identity have been removed.
Statues of the Angel Moroni, a figure of the faith’s iconic scripture, the Book of Mormon, are rarely added to the tops of new temples. The “live” temple endowment ritual, created as a kind of religious theater, has been replaced by a film. Class names for young women, including Beehive, Mia Maid, and Laurels, have been removed. Long-standing outdoor competitions are over. Nelson declared that even the use of Mormon’s name is a “major victory for Satan” and generally prohibited its use.
What Happens to the Utah-Based Faith? Does he risk losing his identity?
Liz Layton Johnson, a Latter-day Saint blogger who lives in Saudi Arabia with her family, discusses these questions and more for a church she describes as ‘on the move’ as she strives to chart a unifying future , but distinctive.
[Get more content like this in the Mormon Land newsletter, a weekly highlight reel of developments in and about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To receive the free newsletter in your inbox, subscribe here. You also can support us with a donation at Patreon.com/mormonland, where you can access gifts and transcripts of our “Mormon Land” podcasts.]