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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 27 Collections and/or Records:

Alice M. Edwards Lindsay journal, 1932-1933

 Series
Identifier: MSS 5951 Series 2
Scope and Contents note One (1) journal, 1932 January 21-1933 January 16, documenting Alice Lindsay’s experiences visiting family members and caring for her children and husband. Also included separately in acid-free paper: Two (2) valentines to Emogene from Alice Tame, One (1) individual ward Roll Card belonging to Robert S. Lindsay, dated 1934, One (1) Visiting Teachers' Efficiency Report, belonging to Alice M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper clipping concerning the death of Sarah A. M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper...

Beaver Utah Stake ledger

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: MSS 1137
Scope and Contents Handwritten ledger book of the financial transactions of the United Order of the Mormon Church in the Beaver Stake in Utah. The entries contain information on the accounts of individual members of the order.

Elias Hicks Blackburn papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 785
Scope and Contents Contains records on the early ecclesiastical history of Provo, Utah. Records include accounts of sermons of the period by several prominent Church leaders during the Mormon Reformation and document the response of the community, including rebaptisms and Church disciplinary matters. Also includes Blackburn's personal family record, and records of donations by Loa (Utah) Ward members for the building of the Manti Temple during Blackburn's tenure as bishop. Dated 1851-1887.

Joseph E. Booth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2284
Scope and Contents Collection contains the letters, diaries, and ledger books of Joseph Edgar Booth and family between the years 1859-1949. The collection contains material on the British Mission between the years 1894-1896; correspondence to family and friends of the Booth family; early Orem, Utah history (then called the Provo Bench) farm sales, expenses, and etc. of Joseph Edgar Booth; and a record of cases before Joseph Edgar Booth, Justice of the Peace of the town of Orem during the years 1928-1929,...

Thomas Day collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2071
Abstract The Thomas Day collection contains Day's journal (1843-1850), an account book (1843-1846), papers, and correspondence relating to his family, most all of which focuses on his LDS mission to England. He served in Lemington, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Leicestershire.

Hyrum Smith diaries and other writings, 1831-1835

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 774 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains diaries and other writings related to Hyrum Smith. Includes missionary diaries kept by Hyrum for missions in the Ohio area, the eastern states, and southern states. Also includes an account book, a day book, and a book of miscellaneous writings not in Hyrum's hand. Dated 1831-1835.

James E. Talmage journals, daybooks, and other materials, 1879-1933

 Series
Identifier: MSS 229 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains the journals, pocket diaries, and a personal account book kept by James E. Talmage from December 1879 to July 4, 1933. These diaries cover his life from his time as a student at Brigham Young Academy, through his graduate school and academic career, and finally to his time spent as a member of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Christen Jensen day book

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1295
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary by Jensen describing his experiences while serving as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Denmark. Also includes a list of accounts of contributions to the church. Diary kept during Jensen's missionary service between 1878 and 1881.

August J. Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3166
Scope and Contents The bulk of the collection consists of the personal records of August J. Johnson while he was serving an Eastern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1908-1910. It includes journals, some of which appear to be duplicates, correspondence with family members, expense records, a photograph album, hymn books, and missionary record form books. In addition there are a few items dated later in his life. The Photo Album is photocopied in the collection; the original has...

Joshua K. Whitney papers, 1845-1902

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 2 Sub-Series 3 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, diaries, account books, and other materials by Whitney. Includes information on his missionary service in England, as well as information on the Whitney family. Materials date from between 1845 and 1902.