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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1830-

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830-) is a restorationist Christian church founded by Joseph Smith in New York. It is commonly abbreviated as the LDS Church and colloquially referred to as the Mormon Church.

During the 1820s, the church's founder, Joseph Smith, experienced visions and was led to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Church was officially founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in Palmyra, New York. The members of the religion faced a series of persecutions, and eventually fled to Utah for refuge beginning in 1847.

The Church continued to grow and expand beyond Utah, and today it has a membership numbering over 15 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with President M. Nelson serving as its prophet and president.

Citation

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (History of the Church; founded April 6, 1830; LDS Church; Mormon Church; founder Joseph Smith; saw visions and found gold plates in the 1820s; persecution; fled to Utah in 1847; headquartered in Salt Lake)

Mormon Newsroom, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (Statistical Report: April 2014 General Conference; membership over 15,000,000; prophet Thomas S. Monson)

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

Biographies of ancestors

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSSSC53

David Horton Elton papers, v. 1

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Identifier: MSS2050_v1

David Horton Elton papers, v. 2

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Identifier: MSS2050_v2

David Horton Elton papers, v. 3

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Identifier: MSS2050_v3

David Horton Elton papers, v. 4

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Identifier: MSS2050_v4

David John diaries, vol. 1

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Identifier: MSS21_v1

David John diaries, vol. 2

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Identifier: MSS21_v2

David John diaries, vol. 3

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Identifier: MSS21_v3

David John diaries, vol. 4

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Identifier: MSS21_v4

David John diaries, vol. 5

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Identifier: MSS21_v5