Let us arrive at a working definition of Saint.
A Saint is one whom is being sanctified, being perfected. Mere belief does not make a Saint, nor does belonging to an organization. Saints are made (aka sanctified) by the reception of the Holy Ghost (LDS 3 Nephi 27:20) and the Atonement of Jesus Christ (LDS Mosiah 3:19). There are many who say they are Saints who are not; there are many who say they are not Saints who are!
A Saint is someone for whom the Gospel is the rule of life, who is a member of His Church, who uses the Priesthood power in that eternal and unchangeable Priesthood of Christ. A Saint is one for whom the ordinances are real, for whom the Restoration is a revealed and realized revelatory fact, for whom the Atonement is power. A Saint receives and gives mercy and expects judgement and righteously judges if they do so themselves. A Saint never stops progressign but exemplifies the meaning of eternal progression.
All these things - many though they seem, though they consist only of the essential life of a Saint - are applicable to the Saints of the New Testament, with which Latter Day Saints have the utmost and complete inheritance, brotherhood and fellowship.
Let us reclaim this term Latter Day Saint. I prefer it to Brighamite, Josephite, etc.. and prefer it to Christian or Mormon. It is that which God called us as a people through Joseph Smith (D&C 115). Therefore, I would that all of us in the Restored Church should embrace this name as a title of distinguishing, humble honor.
To make it clear: a Latter Day Saint is fundamentally no different from a New Testament Saint, an Old Testament Saint, a Book of Mormon Saint, or a Saint during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. These things are achievable for those for whom the person and work of Jesus Christ is real and not theological. But we have got to do it His way, and not our own.
Sainthood is a gift from God. It is not to be earned, only received. We can walk worthy of Sainthood (Ephesians 4:1) but we can never deserve it. The power and ability of a Saint is numerous if we are willing to receive it. Saints act righteously and those acts are an eternal clothing (Revelation 19:8, 2 Corinthians 5:2-4).
Saints fear God and lack nothing (Psalm 34:9).
Saints are the inheritance of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:18).
Saints of God are His Church (LDS 1 Nephi 14:12,14, RLDS 1908 1 Nephi 3:226) Whomever is a member of His Restored Church, the olive tree, is a Saint. Whomever is a Saint is a branch of that same olive tree.
Saints give themselves to God and also to His authorities on this Earth (2 Corinthians 7:5).
Saints labor to meet their own needs and the needs of each other. This is the communal lifestyle of the Saints (2 Corinthians 9:12).
Saints are called excellent ones; all of God’s delight is in us (Psalm 16:3)
Ahmed Nait-Djoudi is a faithful Muslim and self-employed citizen of Algeria. He has studied at Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou. Fluent in Arabic, German, English, and Algerian, he resides in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria.