The Deseret News recently published a storyÂ about Gary Lawrence, who released a book clarifying common misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One thing popped out at me.
â€œIn a survey, Lawrence found that only 3 out of 10 people say Mormons are only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have nothing to do with polygamous groups. About 45 percent of people polled thought all believers in the Book of Mormon are called Mormons, while 25 percent had no opinion.â€
Thatâ€™s not a misconception; itâ€™s true. Mormonism covers all the churches that claim to descend from Joseph Smith. Itâ€™s no different from all the churches claiming to be Christian.
Itâ€™s ironic the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to argue they be included in the definition of Christian, but insist on a monopoly of the term â€œMormon.â€