As you say Lehi, Mormon is a nickname and that is all it is. I don't feel it implies that I worship Mormon anymore than calling my daughter honey implies that she lives in a tree and bees pollinate to her. Taking offense at being called Mormon will only advance a perception of intolerance. If as you say it was originally a term of scorn, that is no longer the case and I don't see the harm in it. There are countless examples of the brethren using the term in their everyday lives.
|Mormon is a nickname and that is all it is|
|[Mormon] was originally a term of scorn, that is no longer the case|
|Why drag unnecessary baggage along? It is easier, in my mind at least, to start from a new beginning than to clean up the false impressions left by decades and centuries of falsehoods, misrepresentations, and misconceptions about who and what we are.|
Once again, it seems like the Church have changed their view/position with regards to the term "Mormon". Are they going to stick to this idea or do you all think we will see a chance again in the near future?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues new name guidelines, dropping term Mormon in most uses. President Nelson asks people to please avoid the abbreviation "LDS," the nickname "Mormon" or substitutes for the church's full name, including "LDS Church." Source 6n.
Following the modern day prophet we are counseled to use the full name of the church and not "Mormon" as that was more of a nickname.