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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 24 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas G. Alexander papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1970
Scope and Contents Contains the professional and personal papers of Thomas G. Alexander, dated 1954 to 2009. The professional papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, articles, awards, manuscript drafts, newspaper articles, posters, photographs, questionnaires, outlines, and audiocassettes. These materials pertain to research, students, committees, professional organizations, and courses taught by Dr. Alexander. The personal papers pertain to the U.S. Army and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Bahamas History Project sound recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7608
Content Description Contains 55 audiocassettes and 14 compact discs with preservation copies of each disc accompanying containing oral histories or interviews of Mormons in the Bahamas. The materials document the early growth and development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the region. The tapes date 1999-2007, with the bulk of the recordings from 1999.

Ivan J. Barrett audio recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2197
Abstract Recordings of LDS Sunday School lessons and other presentations by Barrett on several topics including Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, the Doctrine and Covenants, LDS Church history, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon. Presentations were recorded by D. Clayton Bishop, friend to Barrett and fellow member of the Orem 13th Ward, Orem Utah Sharon Stake. Also includes videocassette of a musical performance by Barrett and members of his family, 1989; plus handouts entitled, "The...

Moana B. Bennett oral history interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6839
Abstract Collection of transcripts and audio cassettes of oral history interviews conducted by Moana B. Bennett from 1980-1984.

Brigham Young University recordings of devotionals and forums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5555
Scope and Contents Contains audiocassettes of some of the firesides, forums, and devotional addresses from Brigham Young University during the years 1966-2001. The addresses were given by apostles and other leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, university faculty and staff, and other visiting speakers. The addresses concern gospel principles, student life at BYU, and other topics.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints new mission president seminar audio cassettes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6853
Abstract Collection includes sixteen audio cassettes of the June 1988 New Mission President Seminar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fruits of their Labors records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6044
Overview Collection includes field work materials, including oral histories, photographs, and supporting materials, gathered by Fruits of their Labors field school participants between July and August, 2004. Materials focus on the development, management, and decline of orchards in Utah Valley, Utah.

Fruits of their Labors records on Tim and Natalie Crandall, 2004 July 20-24

 Series
Identifier: MSS 6044 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Materials created by students in the 2004 folklife school, Fruits of Their Labors" Orchards in Utah Valley. These interviews, photographs, notes and logs are a result of photo and interview sessions with the Crandall family.

Helen Free VanderBeek publications, circa 1979-2001

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6224 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains newspapers from Eastern Idaho that VanderBeek wrote articles for, including the Latter-day Trumpet and the Idaho Farm news for most of the year of 1980. All copies of the paper in this collection contain an article written by LaRae Kerr. Cassette tapes of various holidays, talks, radio programs done by VanderBeek, memorial services, and others. Documents gathered by VanderBeek. Dated circa 1979-2001.

Hugh Nibley sound recordings, 1964 September-November

 Series — Carton: 298
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains sound recordings on reel-to-reel tapes and audiocassette tapes of Hugh Nibley. Materials date from September 1964 to November 1964 and from August 1987 to April 1988.