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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 91 Collections and/or Records:

Arza Adams autobiographies and diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3260
Scope and Contents Photocopies of microfilm copies of handwritten diaries. Adams joined the Mormon Church in 1836 and served as missionary for that faith in Canada. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1849.

Andrew Jackson Allen autobiography and diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3213
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typescript of an autobiography and diary. Allen writes about his youth in Kentucky and move to Missouri after he joined the Mormon Church. He later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and joined the Mormon exodus to Utah in 1847. He tells about the hardships of early settlement in Salt Lake City, Utah. His diary starts in 1857. It has many gaps and entries were often months apart. He writes about the "Utah War;" his work on the railroad in 1868 and 1869; his...

Lorraine Morton Ashton collection on Ermel J. Morton

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6273
Scope and Contents Collection consists of papers relating to the dictionary Ermel J. Morton, a Mormon missionary who went to Tonga, created from English to Tongan and Tongan to English, his accounts of his mission and translating the Book of Mormon, a history of his wife, a catalog of his materials from home, a typed copy of the talks at his funeral and a Tongan grammar book. There is also a book written about the time the family spent in Tonga.

Autobiographies of Alma W. King and Lucille Olson King

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2991
Scope and Contents Autobiography of Alma King contains memories of his childhood near Garland, Utah; church service, including a Latter-day Saint Mission to the Hawaiian Islands, 1923-1926; attendance at BYU, 1926-1930 and 1933-1936, and the University of Chicago, 1939-1940; teaching LDS seminary at Bear River High School, 1930-1956; marriage; travels; and employment in the Dean of Students office at BYU, 1956-1972. Autobiography of Lucille King contains memories of her childhood in Provo, Utah; attendance at...

Joseph Young and Seymour B. Young papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 513
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography and an account of Joseph Young's death and funeral by his son, Seymour B. Young. Joseph writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and comments on various doctrines of that faith.

Autobiography and biography of Thomas Jarvis Yates

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6831
Abstract A photocopy of a family history and autograph book of Thomas Jarvis Yates and his descendants, 1987.

Biography of Jean Elizabeth Fossum May

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2083
Scope and Contents Compiled by James A. May about his mother, Jean Fossum May, drawing heavily on her letters, journals, and notes. Gives detailed information about her life in Baker, Oregon, 1906-1959; service as a missionary in the California Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1927-1928; marriage to Andrew May, 1930; family life (as a widow after 1933); service as head resident of Stover Hall (men's housing) on the campus of Brigham Young University, 1959-1969; and efforts to restore a...

Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 497
Scope and Contents Materials contain Brown's handwritten diary and autobiography. Brown's record starts with an autobiography which takes him to the year 1856 when his diary begins. Describes his conversion to the Mormon Church, life in Nauvoo, Illinois, and relationship with Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church. Brown then describes his migration to Salt Lake City, Utah, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, move to the St. George, Utah area, service on a mission for the Mormon Church in England,...

William Butler autobiographies and letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 863
Scope and Contents This collection consists of autobiographies and personal letters. Included are four personal histories of varying lengths. Butler described his visions, business matters, family relationships, church assignments, missions served, and recounted many colorful experiences including hunting down and killing the murderer of one of his children. The letters were written by William Butler and his first wife, Emma Harvey, to their Henry Harvey Butler in 1891-2 while Henry was serving on a mission to...

Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6782
Abstract The Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers include scrapbooks, an autobiography, certificates, awards, and other ephemera pertaining to his personal and professional life. The collection dates from 1870 to 1995. Much of the collection has to deal with his church life, in particular with his service as a bishop.