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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 38 Collections and/or Records:

Adoption record from Manti Temple

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1937
Scope and Contents Handwritten temple record. The item verifies that four women were adopted by proxy as daughters of the Mormon Apostle, Daniel H. Wells, and his wife, Eliza Wells. The four women were from the Lee family and died between 1847 and 1859.

Arthur B. Cutler mission diary other material, 1912-1917

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains mission diary and papers of Arthur Cutler while he was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from October 17, 1912 to May 27, 1915. Includes a map of Japan, government documents, Cutler's mission call and minister's certificate, correspondence with Japanese friends, mission buddies, and his mission president, copies of talks, poetry, his mission release, travel meal cards and menus, passenger lists, telegrams and receipts, postcards, and a...

Charles A. Callis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 22
Scope and Contents Diaries (1893, 1940, 1943, and 1945), correspondence (1892-1947), reports of the Southern States Mission (1908-1934), sermons, articles, personal certificates, speeches, patriarchal blessings, and miscellaneous items. These materials deal with a wide range of Mormon theological and administrative issues. They also deal with personal and family matters.

Abraham H. Cannon certificate

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1116
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a printed and handwritten certificate stating that Cannon is a member of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The item was signed by the Mormon Apostle, Franklin D. Richards.

Charles Wilson Nibley certificates

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 313
Scope and Contents Printed and signed certificates verifying that Charles Wilson Nibley was called to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church. The items are dated 9 Oct. 1869 and 17 Oct. 1876. The items were signed by Brigham Young, George A. Smith, John Willard Young, and Daniel H. Wells.

David Hyrum Jenkins certificates and patriarchal blessings

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 593
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten copies of three patriarchal blessings given to Jenkins dated 1886, 1899, and 1907. Also included is a family history and certificates relating to Jenkins' call as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1907.

Collection on early Mormon history

 Collection
Identifier: MSS SC 954
Scope and Contents Materials include typescripts of records on early Mormon history. Includes information on Joseph Smith, William Smith, and John Whitmer, and other early Church leaders. Dated 1830-1846.

Don McCarroll Dalton papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 1059
Scope and Contents Correspondence, diaries, articles, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and certificates. The correspondents include various leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dalton's mother, and other friends and associates. The diaries cover the time when Dalton served on a mission for the Church in the Central States from 1914 to 1916, when he was with the United States armed forces in France from 1918 to 1919, and when he served as a mission in South Africa from 1929 to 1935. Many...

Robert Duke papers

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 8262
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies of papers related to Robert Duke and his descendants. Includes Duke's missionary journal, Relief Society records from the Heber First Ward, and miscellaneous documents related to Duke and his descendants. Dated 1881-1921. Also includes a copy of a stock certificate for Louis or Mable Jorgensen, dated 1946.

Ernest L. Wilkinson certificates, 1959-1975

 Sub-Series — oversize: 293
Identifier: UA 1000 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains oversized certificates of Wilkinson, dating from between 1959 and 1975.