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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 155 Collections and/or Records:

Record book of the 175th Quorum of Seventy, Lindon Ward, Alpine Stake

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3277
Abstract Contains information on the 135th Quorum of Seventy, Lindon Ward, Alpine Stake. Includes personal information of Quorum members and minutes. Digital copy of a record book containing information (pp. 4-7) about 135 Quorum of Seventy members; including: names, births (date, town, county, country), parents' names, baptisms (by whom, dates), ordinations (by whom, date), residences, and deaths. The book also contains minutes (pp. 20-106) from the Quorum meetings covering the dates February 10, 1901...

Niels G. Anderson minutes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2021
Scope and Contents One handwritten minute book. The volume contains information concerning the membership, meetings, and administrative conduct of the Emery Ward.

Hyrum L. Andrus manuscript of Doctrines of the Kingdom

 File — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6126
Abstract Manuscript copy of Doctrines of the Kingdom by Hyrum Leslie Andrus, 1973.

Apostles and temples from 1835 to 1886

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7404
Abstract Albumen photograph made by George Edward Anderson depicting all prophets and temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints up to 1886.

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.

Alexander L. Baugh published articles

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2775
Scope and Contents Copies of published articles. "Blessed is the First Man Baptised in This Font" in Mormon Historical Studies 3 (Fall 2002) no. 2. "Was Joseph F. Smith Blessed by His Father Hyrum Smith in Liberty Jail?" in Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Spring 2003) no. 1. "From High Hopes to Despair: the Missouri Period 1831-39" in Ensign 31 (July 2001) no. 7.

Beaver Utah Stake ledger

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: MSS 1137
Scope and Contents Handwritten ledger book of the financial transactions of the United Order of the Mormon Church in the Beaver Stake in Utah. The entries contain information on the accounts of individual members of the order.

Ezra Taft Benson letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1260
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter dated 31 July 1963 and addressed to Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972). The document concerns the book "The Politician," by Robert Welch and refers to a "Socialist-Communist" conspiracy against the United States.

Book of revelations

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 214
Scope and Contents Includes eight revelations relating to individuals and Mormon doctrine, written in the hand of Annie Taylor Hyde.

Hugh B. Brown letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2590
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter addressed to Mary Jean Freebairn of Salt Lake City, Utah and dated 15 March 1963. Brown writes to Freebairn about how the Mormon Church handles public relations.