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Gentile. A non-Mormon. Latter-day Saints are considered to be the spiritual members of Israel. “Like Israel of old, the Saints also referred to themselves as a ‘covenant people,’ and often concluded correspondence with phrases such as ‘yours in the everlasting covenant.’ In thinking of themselves as Israel, they began to refer to non-Mormons as ‘gentiles,’ not in derision but as a symbol of their own special status” (The Story of the Latter-day Saints, 2nd ed., p. 149). In Christianity, Gentile simply refers to non-Jews.

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