Friday, August 30, 2019

Certificates of Membership

President Russell M. Nelson in his Oct 2018 General Conference talk about the correct name of the Church said:
What’s in a name or, in this case, a nickname? When it comes to nicknames of the Church, such as the “LDS Church,” the “Mormon Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” the most important thing in those names is the absence of the Savior’s name. To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s Church is a major victory for Satan. When we discard the Savior’s name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us—even His Atonement.

I wonder what President Nelson thinks of President Brigham Young's membership certificate, seen below. And who's Church he believes Brigham was received into since this was the official name of the Church at the time.

I guess we can state with confidence what President Nelson thinks since the certificate contains one of the actual examples used by him in his conference address.       



THIS Certifies that 

, has been received into the church of the Latter Day Saintsorganized on the sixth of Aprilin the year of our Lordone thousandeight hundredand thirtyand has been ordained an elder according to the rules and regulations of said churchand is duly authorized to preach the gospelagreeably to the authority of that office.
From the satisfactory evidence which we have of his good moral characterand his zeal for the cause of righteousnessand diligent desire to persuade men to forsake evil and embrace truthwe confidently recommend him to all candid and upright people as a worthy member of society.
Wethereforein the nameand by the authority of this churchgrant unto this our worthy brother in the Lordthis letter of commendation as a proof of our fellowship and esteem: praying for his success and prosperity in our Redeemers cause.
Given by the direction of a conference of the elders of said churchassembled in 

Geauga countyOhiothe third day of Marchin the year of our Lord one thousandeight hundredand thirty six.

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