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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 267 Collections and/or Records:

Abraham Owen Woodruff correspondence, 1885-1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff correspondence, 1900-1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff journals and notebooks, 1894 January- 1902 April

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff miscellaneous papers and correspondence, 1894- 1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff scrapbooks and notebooks

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

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...

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...

Alvin Fielding Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains Smith's letters to his wife Amelia, including letters from their courtship (November 1902-April 1903) and during his missionary service in England (April 1905-April 1907). Most of the letters are written from his missionary residence in London; others are written while on tour with his father, President Joseph F. Smith, between August and September 1906. Original enclosures are included. Dated November 17, 1902 - April 15, 1907.

Richard B. Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8430
Content Description Collection contains correspondence between Anderson and his parents as well as other family members. Other letters included are from various family members to other family members and document their lives at the time including school, work, family life, and missions. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles particularly related to Richard's parents (H. Duane and Leola Seely Anderson) and their service as mission president and matron in the French Mission, and a diary kept by his...

Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8064
Content Description Contains four scrapbooks of Ballard documenting his service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionary work and the development of the welfare program. Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, and letters. Dated 1893 to 1945.