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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:

David Kent Jacobs collection on Mormon films

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to Jacobs' work for the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio. The Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio produced many of the early motion pictures for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many original cuts of films like The First Vision and Uncle Ben are on 16 mm film reels are included. Other film projects including the Performing Arts tour Curtain Time, U.S.A. and their original cuts are also included. DVD copies of some of the film...

James B. Allen collection of student papers, 1964-1992

 Series — Carton: 49-50, 52
Identifier: MSS 2183 Series 16
Scope and Contents note Series contains academic papers written by the students of James B. Allen, 1964-1992.

Janet G. Lee speeches, 1991-1995

 Sub-Series — Box: 88
Identifier: UA 925 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains speeches, talks, and articles by Janet G. Lee.

Joseph F. Merrill diaries and journals, 1887-1952

 Series
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...

Joseph F. Merrill documents, 1917-1949

 Series
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...

Joseph F. Merrill family correspondence, 1891-1949

 Series
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...

Joseph F. Merrill finance papers, 1902-1949

 Series
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...

Joseph F. Merrill miscellaneous papers, 1891-1952

 Series
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...

Joseph F. Merrill pamphlets, 1916-1928

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1540
Scope and Contents Includes War Information series pamphlets published by the United States Government, World Peace Organization pamphlets written by the World Peace Organization, International Council pamphlets published by International Council, League of Nations pamphlets published by World Peace Foundation, A League of Nations pamphlets published by World Peace Foundation Reparation, economics pamphlets, industrial pamphlets, other miscelllaneous pamphlets, religious pamphlets, a Fourteenth Annual Highway...

Joseph F. Merrill papers on education, 1892-1927

 Series
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...