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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 35 Collections and/or Records:

Ancient America speaks / Brigham Young University ; produced by W.O. Whitaker ; directed by Scott Whitaker ; written by Millie Foster Cheesman, 1972

 Sub-Series — Reel: 33
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 20
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1972, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. It focuses on archaeological evidence in Central America that supports the Book of Mormon. The collection has one copy on a film reel.

Wendell J. Ashton collection on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 150th Anniversary in England

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6222
Abstract The collection consists of speeches made by President Ronald Reagan, Gordon B. Hinckley, Ezra Taft Benson and Sir Rhodes Boyson at the celebratory 150th anniversary dinner of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. It also includes letters by David Whittaker to the donor Wendell J. Ashton.

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...

Book of Mormon Geographical Commentary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 809
Scope and Contents Typescript of an essay, "Book of Mormon Geographical Commentary," published copy of "Harmony in Book of Mormon Geography," a published copy of "Signs of the Times," a mimeographed copy of "Landing Places of Book of Mormon Colonies," and a photocopy of endorsements of Stout's "Geographical Commentary" essay. Stout writes on a large number of issues relating to the geography of the Book of Mormon.

Brigham Young University minutes, 1967-1969

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: MSS 8824 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains typed-out transcripts of the minutes of various university meetings including the Undergraduate Faculty Meeting, the Department Chairman's Meeting, and the Religion Faculty Meeting. Contents created between 1967-1969.

Paul R. Cheesman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2049
Scope and Contents This collection includes manuscripts (personal and professional papers), publisher's gallery prints, color transparencies (including 35 mm slides), negatives, color separations, photographs, personal literary materials, research and reference files, audio and visual materials, and historical books, covering over 30 years of research in the ancient Americas, other ancient civilizations, and LDS Church history. A vast majority of the materials in this collection involve archaeology and The Book...

Peter Crawley copyright correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3989
Abstract Photocopies and typescripts of several copyrights connected to the early history of the LDS church.

Daniel H. Ludlow files on the scriptures, date of production not identified

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8007 Series 13
Scope and Contents Contains information on studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon including lists of scriptures to ponder. Date of production not identified.

Daniel H. Ludlow papers on Book of Mormon geography, 1988-1994

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8007 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains notes, articles, and other materials related to Book of Mormon geography. Also includes drafts of several bibliographies on Book of Mormon geography. The bibliographies are divided topically into Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and South America. Dated from 1998 to 1994.

Daniel H. Ludlow papers on the Book of Mormon Critical Text project, 1998-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8007 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains notes, evaluation sheets, and other materials related to the Book of Mormon Critical Text project. Also includes two annotated photocopies of the 1837 edition of the Book of Mormon. Dated from 1998 to 2000.