See User:BenMcLean/naming for an explanation.
Naming articles about Latter Day Saintism
Articles about the religion, doctrines, belief systems, and cultures of Latter Day Saints, and that could apply to more than one Latter Day Saint denomination, should use the term "Latter Day Saintism". For example:
- Latter Day Saints
- Latter Day Saints and Christianity
- Latter Day Saints and Judaism
- Latter Day Saints and Freemasonry
When referring to the Latter Day Saint movement as an institution or historical movement, or to all Latter Day Saint churches as a body, but not to their religion, doctrines, belief systems, or cultures, it may be appropriate to use the phrase "Latter Day Saint movement" in the title. For example:
If necessary for disambiguation, articles that could apply to more than one Latter Day Saint denomination should contain the parenthetical "(Latter Day Saintism)". For example:
Naming unidenominational articles
Articles about only one Latter Day Saint denomination should use the full name of the denomination as it exists on the denomination's Wikipedia page. For example:
- History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (there is currently discussion, but lack of clear consensus, as to whether to capitalize the word the in similar Wikipedia names)
- History of the Community of Christ
- Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Although the practice is discouraged, if it is absolutely necessary for disambiguation, articles that apply in the context of only one Latter Day Saint denomination should contain the following parentheticals:
|CHURCH||REFERENCE IN TITLE|
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints||Latter-day Saint|
|Community of Christ||Community of Christ|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite)||Strangite|
|Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite)||Cutlerite|
|Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite)||Bickertonite|
|Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints||FLDS Church|
|Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints||PLDS Church|
|Others||full name of denomination|
Unidenominational articles should never be used when sects of Mormonism generally agree, or where differences between the sects can be explained briefly in a multidenominational article. If there is sufficient justification for a separate unidenominational article it should refer to any more general "(Latter Day Saints)" article, and to any general article concerning Christianity as a whole. To avoid redundancy, the unidenominational article should focus on the material unique to that denomination, or to the differences between that denomination and other Latter Day Saint denominations.
Guidelines for article text
The following guidelines should be used when referring to Latter Day Saints or any of its denominations within the text of an article:
- The words Latter Day Saintism should refer to the religion, doctrines, belief systems, or cultures of Latter Day Saint peoples.
- The phrase Latter Day Saint movement should refer to the historical movement leading to Mormonism and to the other doctrinal groups.
- Reference The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by full name first reference (there is currently a lack of consensus as to whether to capitalize The in the title), and "the church" or "LDS Church" thereafter. The format should be something like: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("LDS Church"; see also Mormon)". Avoid referring to the "Mormon Church".
- For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Latter-day Saints", "members of the church", "LDS Church members", or simply "church members" in context is preferred. Use "LDS" as a second reference.
- Use of the terms Latter Day Saints or Latter-day Saints is preferred over the less-specific term "Mormons".
- As with any wikipedia article, specify the source of specific doctrines or claims. For example:
- In 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball explained that [x].
- In his book 1959 book, Except They be Agreed, Elder Mark E. Petersen opined that [y].
- Doctrine and Covenants section 76 verse 86 states: [z].