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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:

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher university and professional committee files, 1981-1992

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 3
Scope and Contents Programs and papers for the Mormon History Association (particularly on women's history), correspondence, proposals, addresses, materials for an article for the Utah Encyclopedia, papers and letters in search of new editors of Dialogue magazine; papers, brochures, and other information for Women's Conference; papers, letters, Board of Trustees minutes, and tapes of the Leonard J. Arrington Foundation for Mormon Studies; cassette tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews, and instructions...

David O. McKay letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2591
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter dated 22 Oct. 1947 and addressed to T. Earl Pardoe, professor of public speaking and dramatic arts at Brigham Young University. McKay thanks Pardoe for his support of the "Centennial year" and writes about raising funds.

Joseph F. Merrill papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1540
Abstract Papers, photographs, diaries, and periodicals belonging to scholar and LDS apostle Joseph Merrill, 1887-1963.

Missionary Center Training records on Estonian language training, approximately 2008

 Sub-Series — Box: 44, item: 14
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Estonian language.

The 2015 accession consists of one T.A.L.L. disc of "VP" content and language resources for Estonian-speaking missionaries. Materials dated approximately 2008.

Missionary Training Center floor plans, 1990-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 3
Scope and Contents Series 3, Missionary Training Center floor plans, contains floor plans for Missionary Training Centers and related LDS historical sites all over the world. This includes plans and related documents for various Visitors' Centers (Mesa Arizona Temple, Kanesville Tabernacle and center, Hawaii Temple, Temple Square North and South centers and campus signage diagrams, Hill Cumorah, Joseph Smith Memorial, Palmyra, and Park City); it also includes plans for the building/remodel of MTCs...

Missionary Training Center Gospel research and training materials, approximately 1929-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains studies and research done by the Missionary Training Center and gospel training materials such as DVDs, textbooks, and pamphlets to teach missionaries and Mission Presidents how to teach the Gospel. This includes Mission President/Visitor's Center Director seminar files and media, the original systems of missionary discussions, the development of the Preach My Gospel system by manuscript chapter, curriculum committee materials, proselyting area books, TRC journals, missionary planning,...

Missionary Training Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545
Scope and Contents The collection showcases the operation of primarily the Provo Missionary Training Center; it is divided into series of language training materials, gospel teaching and missionary training materials, and floor plans (and similar/related documents) for other worldwide missionary training centers, visitors' centers, LDS Church historical sites, etc.This includes language textbooks, foreign editions of Church materials, cultural guides, study plans and area handbooks, grammar and...

Missionary Training Center records on Afrikaans language training, 1967-2006

 Sub-Series — Carton: 17
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Afrikaans language (a South African Dutch derivative). Specific materials unknown--only in previous accessions. Materials dated 1967-2006.

Missionary Training Center records on Albanian language training, approximately 2008

 Sub-Series — Box: 44, item: 9
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Albanian language.

The 2015 accession includes part of a T.A.L.L. (Technology-Assisted Language Learning) disc of ProTools Sessions and WAV files for Albanian-speaking missionaries. Material dated approximately 2008.

Missionary Training Center records on Aymara language training, 1967-2006

 Sub-Series — Carton: 16
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Aymara language, spoken by a native people of the Andes (specific materials unknown--only in previous accessions). Materials dated 1967-2006.