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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 30 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas G. Alexander papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1970
Scope and Contents Contains the professional and personal papers of Thomas G. Alexander, dated 1954 to 2009. The professional papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, articles, awards, manuscript drafts, newspaper articles, posters, photographs, questionnaires, outlines, and audiocassettes. These materials pertain to research, students, committees, professional organizations, and courses taught by Dr. Alexander. The personal papers pertain to the U.S. Army and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

The Answer

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1195
Scope and Contents Carbon copy of a typewritten book draft. The date of the composition of the item is uncertain. Stock writes about arguments which support the divine authenticity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ivan J. Barrett diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1757
Scope and Contents Ten handwritten diaries with photocopies of the items, a draft of the book "The Story of the Mormons in the Holy Land," newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items. Barrett kept his diary while serving on a mission for the Mormon Church with his wife in Israel. He writes about the tedium of day-to-day work, consultations with prominent Israelis, diplomatic visits of foreign dignitaries, and meetings with various General Authoriities of the Mormon Church. He also includes copies of letters...

James H. Buck papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6941
Scope and Contents Contains a journal from Buck's mission to England, some books regarding his mission, postcards, photographs, a booklet of newspaper clippings, and documents stating ordination and draft registration. Materials date from between 1886 and 1962.

James R. Clark manuscript drafts and book

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1599
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typed and printed official statements of the First Presidency of the Mormon Church between the years 1935 and 1951 as well as a book entitled "Statements of the First Presidency" volume 6. This item was published in 1975 and compiled and autographed by James R. Clark. The statements relate to the church members and hierarchy dealing with Mormon doctrine and theology as well as Mormon Church policy and procedure. The majority of the statements were made between the years 1939...

Marie F. Felt speeches and Sunday school lessons

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1770
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten drafts and final versions of speeches and Sunday school lessons. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and a biography of Felt by her children. Most of the materials are intended for Mormon children and teach simple precepts of the Mormon faith.

William Kenneth Firmage novel drafts and correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 6147
Abstract Drafts of novels and plays written by William Kenneth Firmage, as well as correspondence concerning his writings, dated circa 1980-1989.

The gospel plan of life and salvation

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 883
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten book draft. Barton planned this manuscript to be the first volume of a digest of scriptures and commentary on the Gospel of Jesus Christ in topical form. The item apparently has never been published. A note from the author dated 1968 states that the material is restricted until the manuscript is published.

Franklin S. Harris papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 344
Scope and Contents Contains notes, miscellaneous correspondence, and typed programs of the KSL radio series: "The Book of Mormon: Messages and Evidences." Also included are notes and an original draft of Harris' book by the same title. The materials also relate to archaeology, the Word of Wisdom, and other Mormon Church topics.

Hugh Nibley publications and writings, approximately 1911-2008

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, research notes, drafts, articles, photocopies, and papers collected and written by Hugh Nibley for lectures and publications. Includes material on scriptural studies conducted by Nibley. Materials date from approximately 1911 to 2008, bulk from approximately 1950 to 2008.