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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



  • 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.


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 29 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Young and Seymour B. Young papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 513
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography and an account of Joseph Young's death and funeral by his son, Seymour B. Young. Joseph writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and comments on various doctrines of that faith.

Biographies of ancestors

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 53
Scope and Contents Typewritten biographies of ancestors of Rawlinson which relate life in numerous Utah communities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Included is an excerpt from the 1857 diary of James Farmer.

Biographies of ancestors

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSSSC53

Jennifer Reeder interview with Catherine Bowles

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2947
Scope and Contents Oral history of Catherine Bowles, from an interview conducted by Jenny Reeder.

M. D. Canfield letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3952
Abstract Myron Davenport Canfield’s letter to his Uncle Ezra Canfield, dated 12 December 1836.

The Czech and Slovak Republics : a case study / by Steven C. Page

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7420
Abstract The Steven Page essay is a case study concerning the Czech and Slovak Republics, mainly addressing the activity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Communist rule of these republics.

Edgar Lyon and family papers, 1915-1971

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2341 Series 2
Scope and Contents Publications written by the Lyon family.

Nellie McArthur Gubler family papers

Identifier: MSS 7551
Overview This collection includes the personal, family, research, and religious papers and scrapbooks of Nellie McArthur Gubler.

Timothy and Elisa Gunn letter to Levi Benyamen

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 729
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter by Gunn and his wife, Elisa, dated June 15, 1834 and addressed to Levi Benyamen in Massachusetts. This item describes the difficulties of raising crops in Connecticut and expresses strong anti-Mormon feelings. It also mentions Sidney Rigdon who was a Baptist minister and later joined the Mormon Church.

James Jack family papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3698
Scope and Contents The James Jack family papers, 1863 - 1953 includes two (2) series: James Jack Papers, 1863 - 1913 and Family Papers, 1909 - 1953.