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I have told this story before; I will now tell it again. Many years ago, I published an essay in the Old Improvement Era entitle "The Christian World Awakens to the Need for Prophets." Immediately after it appeared in print, I received a phone call from Jay Todd, who was the editor of that magazine. He told me that President David O. McKay had phoned to indicate that he had read my essay and really liked it.
However he had one criticism, and wanted me to know what it was. Hence the phone call. Elder McKay disliked my use of the words Mormon, instead of Latter-day Saint, and Mormonism, rather than Church of Jesus Christ or Community of Latter-day Saints. I now don't recall if I used Mormon Church, rather than Church of Jesus Christ.
For just a moment I was annoyed. But very soon I was certain that Elder McKay was right. And from that moment on, I have tried hard avoid Mormon Church, and Mormonism....
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A few problems, with the bolded parts. The second one first: In Midgley’s article, the second sentence uses the phrase “Church of Jesus Christ” to refer to Joseph smith’s Religion. In the first paragraph, he uses the phrase “Latter-day Saint” and “gospel of Jesus Christ” similarly. What was the issue?
But there is a bigger problem, re the first bolded part: Midgley’s article was published in August 1970.
President David O. McKay passed away in January of 1970; Jay Todd published a beautiful story about him in the February 1970 Improvement Era.
Midgley is becoming the new Dunn.