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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 487 Collections and/or Records:

John Austin Abbott mission diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7963
Scope and Contents Contains five volumes of photocopied pages from the mission diaries of John Austin Abbott. Abbott served in the New Zealand Mission, and these diaries detail his daily occasions. He talks about his time with the Mormon Church, their lives, the weather, and baptism numbers. Dated 1899-1901.

Abraham Owen Woodruff correspondence, 1885-1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff correspondence, 1900-1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff journals and notebooks, 1894 January- 1902 April

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff miscellaneous papers and correspondence, 1894- 1904

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Abraham Owen Woodruff scrapbooks and notebooks

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 777
Scope and Contents Diaries and correspondence. The journals were kept when Woodruff was serving on a mission to Germany for the Mormon Church. Also included is extensive correspondence between Woodruff and other apostles and church leaders. The material also deals with Woodruff's attempt to settle Mormons in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

Arza Adams autobiographies and diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3260
Scope and Contents Photocopies of microfilm copies of handwritten diaries. Adams joined the Mormon Church in 1836 and served as missionary for that faith in Canada. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1849.

James Adams diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 446

John Adams diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2328
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten diary. Adams lived in Oakley, Idaho, and writes about his daily routine. He was concerned about his health, the weather, and farm work. He also tells about various meetings for the Mormon Church.

Thomas Adams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 679
Scope and Contents Holographs and printed material. Contains a journal of Adams' mission to Great Britain, 1895-1897, including newspaper clippings about Mormonism in Ireland, and records of his correspondence and missionary work. Also included are a letter changing his mission call to Great Britain, 1895, genealogical data, and family histories of his father's family, William Adams.