Let me start out by saying that I totally agree with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' decision to discourage the use of the words "Mormon" and "LDS" to refer to its members. I totally understand and support that decision. However, linguistically, I am struggling. We are lacking a word to describe our selves. And it's killing me!
It is such a mouthful to always say "I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." Let's face it. It was MUCH easier to say: "I'm a Mormon" or "I'm LDS." We NEED a shorter word to describe ourselves. We need something easier. We need a word that refers to Jesus Christ. I've been racking my brain. My first thought was that we should just call ourselves Christians. It's what we are! Jesus Christ is the center of our faith. However, the word "Christian" is too general since it is used by all Christian faiths.
So, what about "LDS Christian?" It's short and descriptive AND it refers to Christ!
Think of how much easier it is to say, "My neighbors are LDS Christians," than it is to say, "My neighbors are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." It is SO SO SO much easier and concise.
Using the phrase LDS Christians would help other Christians--many of whom see us as non-Christians--consider us in a different light. No longer would people say things like, "There are Catholics, Buddists, Mormons and Christians." Instead, we could be lumped in with Christians--those who believe in Jesus Christ. By adding the "LDS" to the "Christians", we are distinguished as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We really need a better way to describe our church and its members. We need less words. We need an adjective! Somehow, this needs to be less difficult and awkward. We need the world to know that we are Christians and believe in Jesus Christ.
If someone asks me what church I belong to, I would love to say: "I'm an LDS Christian!"