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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 74 Collections and/or Records:

Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2373
Scope and Contents Describes the origins, organization, and history of both religious and secular education within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the work was to help archivists place in historical context, corporate papers entering the Church Historical Department (Salt Lake City, Utah). The paper discusses administrative changes and developments in centralized education including: a board of education, a board of examiners, the office of superintendent and later commissioner of...

Richard Edmond Bennett papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7670
Scope and Contents The Richard Edmond Bennett papers contains a collection of BYU student papers dealing with various subject matters related to church history from 1997-2010 for the Religion classes Rel 341, 342, 575, 595, and 624.

Joseph T. Bentley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 848
Scope and Contents Collection includes correspondence, reports, budget requests and other financial records. The materials relate to the LDS Church schools, institutes, and seminaries, not including those at Brigham Young University.

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.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse library collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2589
Scope and Contents Includes a sampling of the components of the standard or model library, including filmstrips, film projectors, picture boards or illustrations, audio tapes, and other visual aids. This is a sampling from two different stakes representing a meetinghouse library in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, approximately 1970s-1990s.

Educational Information and Guidance Center records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7500
Scope and Contents Collection includes correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, articles, leaflets and an annual report relating to the Educational Information and Guidance Center. The collection dates from circa 1968 to 1970.

The establishment of the L.D.S. Church schools

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 634
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed history on one page of the founding of Mormon Church schools composed in 1913. Dwyer writes of a meeting in his bookstore in 1886 in which the idea of church schools was discussed. Also included is a reproduction of a pen-and-ink drawing of the meeting published in 1910.

Marie F. Felt speeches and Sunday school lessons

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1770
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten drafts and final versions of speeches and Sunday school lessons. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and a biography of Felt by her children. Most of the materials are intended for Mormon children and teach simple precepts of the Mormon faith.

General Church Board of Education minutes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1376
Abstract Mixture of volumes and folders (both bound and loose papers) of the General Church Board of Education meeting minutes from 1879 to 1970.