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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:

Ernest L. Wilkinson personal papers, 1917-1978

Identifier: UA 1000 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains various personal papers of Ernest L. Wilkinson, including a biography, notes from law school and Wilkinson's 1964 senate campaign, personal correspondence and diaries. Dated from 1923 to 1978.

Gary P. Gillum personal papers, 1959-2010

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2163 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains school papers and journals of Gillum. Also contains miscellaneous personal papers from Gillum's time as a Brigham Young University librarian and profesor. The journals include original books and typed manuscripts, and describe Gillum's everyday life, his family, his career, and his relationship with the Mormon Church. Materials dated 1959-2010.

General Church Board of Education records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 121
Scope and Contents Contains administrative codes, regulations, minutes of executive meetings and charts concerning the Church Education System and its relationship to Brigham Young University, and listings of Church positions held by Brigham Young University staff members (17 items). Materials date from between 1938 and 1943.

Go forward in faith : collected talks and addresses of Jack D. Brotherson / compiled by Sean E. Brotherson

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7444
Abstract Collection includes collected talks, addresses, and eulogies by Jack D. Brotherson from 1960 to 2007 assembled by his son, Sean E. Brotherson. Topics of the talks include faith, the Atonement, gospel service, and missionary work.

Gustive O. Larson photograph albums, 1911-1947

Identifier: UA 622 Series 9 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains three photograph albums.

Oral history interview with George H. Hansen

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 44
Scope and Contents Interview by Alonzo Morley with George H. Hansen, geologist, concerning his experiences in Richfield, Utah; as a student at Utah State University, 1915-1918, as a missionary in England, as a faculty member and administrator at Brigham Young University from 1927, and on later work at a university in Java. Includes transcript and sound recording.

History of Erastus Snow

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2504
Scope and Contents Typewritten biography with handwritten notations. The item is a thesis for a master's degree. The document is a biography of Erastus Snow (1818-1888); Utah pioneer, colonizer, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Mormon Church.

The history of Mormon mercantile cooperation in Utah

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2673
Scope and Contents Carbon copy of a typed PhD dissertation in economics at the University of California. The campus of the University of California is not specified. The item relates the history of the the Mormon Mercantile Cooperation in Utah.

"How Rare a Possession" : a behind-the-scene look at the conversion of Vincenzo di Francesca and the LDS movie

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 1163
Scope and Contents Material related to the Motion Picture Studio Production of "How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon." Contains a script and correspondence about the production.

Dillon K. Inouye papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8743
Content Description Contains surveys from the Japan Tokyo South Mission, teaching materials, correspondence. Dated from 1975 to 1983.