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Posted 12 Mar 2001   For week ended February 23, 2001
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LDS Church Wants to be Called 'Church of Jesus Christ'
A New York Times article yesterday reported that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin a new push to get journalists, Church members and the public to refer to the Church by its official name, or a newly suggested alternative, the "Church of Jesus Christ." The effort is just the latest step in the Church's efforts to discourage the familiar term "Mormon Church" and the first to make the suggestion that the term "Church of Jesus Christ" be used instead of "LDS Church."

Church Going All-Out at Today's Press Conference
The LDS Church's press conference today announcing the release of its "Freedman's Bank" CD-ROM will be a major news event, if the Church's plans are any indication. The press conference will be held simultaneously in 13 different locations, including Washington DC's National Press Club. Attending the conference in addition to LDS Church officials will be US Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senator Harry Reid, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Reginald Washington, a genealogy specialist at the National Archives.

Church of Jesus Christ (LDS Church) Now Fifth Largest
An analysis of data released Friday by the National Council of Churches and other sources shows that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now the fifth largest denomination in the United States. The NCC data comes from its 2001 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, the most comprehensive source of Church statistics. But the data for the Church of Jesus Christ included in the book is dated December 31, 1999, and subsequent growth appears to have pushed the Church from sixth place to fifth.

Cox News Sees LDS Church Growth Continuing
Cox News Service writer Elizabeth Clarke looked at 10 trends in religion, and discovered one that LDS Church members will find familiar: LDS Church growth will continue. Clarke's trends included growth in only two denominations, but she notes that growth among Muslims, the other denomination mentioned, is due to migration from overseas.

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