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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:

Joseph F. Merrill papers on politics, 1904-1950

 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 papers on religion , 1909-1946

 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 personal papers, 1900-1947

 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 talks and articles, 1914-1952

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1540
Scope and Contents Includes talks and articles from 1914-1952, some of which are undated. Includes KSL radio broadcasts from April-September 1931, and interesting replies to Elder Merrill's talks.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History manuscripts on Social Services, 1949-1984

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1214 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains oral histories and manuscripts for a book on the history of social services in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1949-1984.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1214
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, manuscripts, oral histories, and other material concerning the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History, mostly from 1940-2005. Collection includes administrative files, history of the Primary and Relief Society organizations within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, social services and women in the church. The records concerning the Primary and Relief Society organizations document the...

Reba L. Keele papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5330
Scope and Contents This is a collection of research materials concerning The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and personal papers. Includes newspaper and magazine articles, copies of church publications, reports and tutorial projects. Collection spans from 1931-1978.

Edward L. Kimball collection on Spencer W. Kimball

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 617
Scope and Contents Contains the speeches and writings of Spencer W. Kimball that were collected by his son Edward L. Kimball. Materials were used in the production of the book, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, edited by Edward L. Kimball.

Gustive O. Larson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 622
Abstract Correspondence, personal histories, scholarly and religious writings, student papers, research files, business records, civic and professional organization files, and personal memorabilia. These materials relate to a wide range of personal matters and to the histories of Utah, the American West, American Indians, and the Mormon Church. Correspondents include Juanita Brooks, and many General Authorities of the Mormon Church.

L.D.S. Church academies music departments, 1905-1921

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 650
Scope and Contents Handwritten reminiscences. The date of its composition is uncertain. Driggs writes about his teaching activities in the music departments of several academies owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona. He also relates his experiences as a student at Brigham Young University.