Title of ‘saints’ signifies cleanliness by baptism

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul referred to the members as "beloved of God, called to be saints." (Rom. 1:7.)

In Mormon Doctrine, Elder Bruce R. McConkie gave this definition:"Faithful members of the Church and kingdom of God on earth are called saints, . . . a title signifying that they have been cleansed by baptism and are pure and clean before the Lord."

Today, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are known collectively as "Saints." Great responsibilities, as well as promises, accompany that title, as attested by Elder Francis M. Lyman, a member of the Council of the Twelve from 1880-1916. Elder Lyman said:

"It is not possible for us to perform the labors that are required of us as Latter-day Saints . . . except we are aided by the Holy Ghost, the Comforter. It is not possible for men who stand at the head of this Church to direct, or to give counsel . . . to preside with dignity and in a manner pleasing to God, unless we enjoy the Holy Ghost. It is not possible for us as parents, to preside in our families, to set good examples before them, to set and keep our houses in order – as it is necessary that they should be kept, that we may have salvation – unless we enjoy the Holy Ghost. It is not possible for us as individuals to be saints, unless we enjoy the Holy Ghost."