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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 229 Collections and/or Records:

University Communications files on general subjects, 1957-2009

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains newspaper clippings, news releases, articles, notes, and photographs relating to general topics related to Brigham Young University or Utah from 1957 to 2009. There are groupings of news clips and press releases organized by subject, and many of the files contain single newspaper clippings dealing with specific topics not particularly related to any one department at Brigham Young University, or departments that have been abolished and whose records contained only one or two files....

University Communications records

Identifier: UA 5395
Overview Collection of newspaper clippings, news releases, photographs and other materials created and compiled by University Communications including news releases, personnel files, student files, subject files, college and department files, and campus museum files.

University Communications subject files, 1950-2009

Identifier: UA 5395 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains newspaper clippings, news releases, and photographs relating to various subject files that do not necessarily fall under any one department at Brigham Young University. Includes files related to general subjects, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and controversies related to the Church or the university.

University of Utah papers, 1882-1927

Identifier: MSS 1540
Scope and Contents note Collection contains diaries, correspondence, clippings, articles, photographs, and printed ephemera relating to Merrill's activities in education and religion. It includes correspondence with family members, friends, associates, and public figures. The collection also includes files from his work at universities, as well as a collection of talks and articles written by Merrill on religious topics. There is also correspondence with political leaders in the state and nation, and associated...

Utah State University report on Mormon education

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4102
Abstract Transcripts of LDS educator's discussions of LDS education issues, 1950.

Leah D. Widstoe papers

 Class — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1819
Scope and Contents Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, correspondence, galley proofs of manuscripts to be published with handwritten corrections, and brochures on linen. Widstoe writes about the Word of Wisdom, various nutritional issues, and teaching. The correspondence deals largely with Leah's work with her husband while he was serving as the president of the European and British Mission of the Mormon Church.

Wilford D. Lee notes, circa 1930-1979

 Series — Box: 9
Identifier: MSS 1553 Series 6
Scope and Contents Unidentified or miscellaneous notes, circa 1930-1979.

Ernest L. Wilkinson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1000
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reports, proposals, corporate minutes, diaries, and other materials related to Wilkinson's law career, service as president of Brigham Young University, political ambitions, and personal life. Dated 1875-1980.

Young adult male attitudes and interests of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : a research report

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 94
Scope and Contents Report on youth attitudes compiled by the Department of Youth Leadership at Brigham Young University. Much of the report focuses on Mormon youth attitudes toward the Scouting program.