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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 70 Collections and/or Records:

Address on church education in Hawaii

 Item
Identifier: MSSH 2
Scope and Contents An address given May 3, 1960, relates to the importance of Church College of Hawaii and the need for Hawaii saints to send their children to it.

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...

James B. Allen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2183
Abstract The collection of professional papers of James B. Allen, includes drafts and research files for various books, correspondence, class lecture notes and other papers. Manuscripts include those for The Story of The Latter-day Saints, The Company Town in the American West, Men with a Mission and Hearts Turned to the Fathers.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285
Abstract The collection contains materials gathered into four main series: (1) student and research files on Mormon women's history; (2) class notes; (3) personal files reflecting university and professional committees she served on; and (4) her personal research and address files. The addendum contains research files collected Maureen Ursenbach Beecher as well as materials from an English class.

Joseph T. Bentley correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 878
Scope and Contents Includes files concerning university budget, LDS Church School System, campus colleges and departments, faculty, staff, fund-raising, administrative meetings, students, Treasurer's Office, New World Archaeological Foundation, and athletics. Also includes files relative to Church schools in Mexico and in the Pacific, and some of Bentley's personal files. Includes significant amounts of correspondence with Ernest L. Wilkinson (president of BYU) and others.

Brigham Young University audio-visual materials

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1300
Scope and Contents Contains sound and motion picture film recordings of forums, devotionals, graduations, Education Week, General Conference, Mormon church history, and KBYU productions from 1930 to 1985.

Brigham Young University minutes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1280
Scope and Contents Thirty-four bound volumes of meeting minutes from 1875-1974 that were in the possession of Clyde Sandgren. Minutes are for the Church Board of Education (1954-1970), Executive Committee of the Church Board of Education (1954-1970), Brigham Young University Board of Trustees (1875-1970), Executive Committee of the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees (1891-1970), BYU Presidency (1954-1958), Administrative Council (1958-1959), BYU Athletic Advisory Council (1945-1974), and Brigham Young...

Brigham Young University recordings of devotionals and forums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5555
Scope and Contents Contains audiocassettes of some of the firesides, forums, and devotional addresses from Brigham Young University during the years 1966-2001. The addresses were given by apostles and other leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, university faculty and staff, and other visiting speakers. The addresses concern gospel principles, student life at BYU, and other topics.

Brigham Young University sound recordings

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1197
Scope and Contents Contains audio recordings of events associated with Brigham Young University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The events include meetings, speeches, performances, and graduation. Dated 1941-2016.

Bureau of Church Studies questionnaire

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 367
Scope and Contents Includes a questionnaire given to Church members to determine member activity in Church programs, 1962.