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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 229 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Bureau of Church Studies statistical studies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 402
Scope and Contents Contains two statistical studies concerning member growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church university needs, and other statistical information.

Donald Q. Cannon and Reid L. Neilson collection of student papers on international church history

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6197
Scope and Contents Contains student essays from the International History of the Church course at Brigham Young University. Essays recall the development of Christianity and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the various countries of the world. Materials dated 2000 to 2013.

Church Educational System records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 124
Scope and Contents Collection includes a list of Latter-day Saint church schools operating in 1921-1922, correspondence from Superintendent Adam S. Bennion and Assistant Secretary Franklin S. Davis of the Latter-day Saint Church Commission of Education, a list of comparative attendance of seminaries, historical records of members of the church school system, and information concerning the development of the seminary system with statistics referring to student attendance at church meetings and their observance of...

Church Historical Department collection of photographs of Brigham Young University

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3700
Abstract This collection contains photographs taken at and around BYU campus from the 1920s through the 1970s. Many of the photographs were used in LDS Church Magazines. The photographs document the changes on BYU campus through aerial photographs as well as photos of the various buildings constructed on campus through this time period.

Benjamin Cluff diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1667
Scope and Contents Contains four diaries and their respective transcripts covering the period from 1881-1909 and detailing Cluff's time as a student at Brigham Young Academy and the University of Michigan, as well as his subsequent appointment as President of the Academy. Also describes his activities and experiences as a plantation owner in Tabasco, Mexico.

Collection on Leadership Week

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 5682
Scope and Contents Collection contains speeches from Brigham Young University Leadership Week. The materials contain role play scenarios, stories, and gospel teaching methods for improvement of teaching. Also contains devotionals for Leadership Week and lectures related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dated 1954-1964.

Compact discs of Brigham Young University sound recordings, 1953-2015

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1197 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains compact discs with digital copies of Brigham Young University sound recordings. The copies were created from the sound reels in the collection. Dated 1953-2015.

Daily Universe records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1371
Overview The collection contains financial records of the paper, newspaper clippings and programs from clubs and events on campus, complete newspapers, and photographs of faculty and prominent people used by the paper.