A Mormon by Any Other Name…

I am a Mormon.

Actually I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but most people call us “Mormons.” They’ve been doing it so long that “Latter-day Saint,” “LDS,” and “Mormon” have become synonymous. “A rose by any other name…” It’s so common that the Church even has a website called Mormon.org.


Not everyone realizes they’re the same thing, though. Urban legend has it that after Hurricane Katrina, a local emergency responder stated, “the two most helpful church groups have been the LDS, and the Mormons!”

What does being LDS even mean? Well, on a religious note, it means that I believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, the Redeemer of the world. I believe that when He came to earth, he atoned (suffered) for our mistakes, sins, and heartache, and also organized His church, His organization to help us be better people. It means I believe that His church was lost, but that it’s been brought back (Mormons sometimes use the word “restored,” or brought back to its original state).

It means I know God is my Heavenly Father, a parent of my spirit, and He loves me. It means seeing the purpose in life, even when it’s hard. At its core, it means I find joy in attempting to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I frequently fall short, but He is patient.

How does that affect my writing? I try to write with purpose, not just to entertain (although wholesome entertainment is a great purpose). I hope my writings encourage others to love their neighbor, to follow the example of Jesus Christ, to show courage and kindness to others.

I want my writing to inspire, to help others be their best selves.

If you have a question about the LDS church, ask in the comments below, or at Mormon.org. You can even check out my profile. I like talking about my faith–most Mormons do. Think I’m unusual, different, or something else entirely? Feel free to tell me–but keep it G-rated. 🙂




  1. Kevin

    I think you’re a good man Taft. I enjoyed reading this. Never lose focus on what’s important and you’ll be just fine. You guys are an awesome and exemplary family

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