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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 271 Collections and/or Records:

Address on church education in Hawaii

 Item
Identifier: MSSH 2
Scope and Contents An address given May 3, 1960, relates to the importance of Church College of Hawaii and the need for Hawaii saints to send their children to it.

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...

James B. Allen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2183
Abstract The collection of professional papers of James B. Allen, includes drafts and research files for various books, correspondence, class lecture notes and other papers. Manuscripts include those for The Story of The Latter-day Saints, The Company Town in the American West, Men with a Mission and Hearts Turned to the Fathers.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss collection on workshops and teaching material, 1942-2003

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Various materials relating to the professional lives of Audra and Joel Moss, mostly relating to family science topics. Includes lessons, speeches, scrapbooks and other materials relating to classes, workshops, and other seminars taught by Audra and Joel Moss.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss educational papers, 1942-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1
Scope and Contents Publications, collections, and other materials from Audra and Joel Moss's work as educators. Included are many materials relating to classes and workshops taught by Audra and Joel as well as many of their published works.

Audra Call Moss scrapbooks, trainings and other material, 1942-1992

 Sub-Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 9-16
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Scrapbooks and other materials assembled by Audra Moss relating to various topics for purposes such as trainings, family and drama classes.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285
Abstract The collection contains materials gathered into four main series: (1) student and research files on Mormon women's history; (2) class notes; (3) personal files reflecting university and professional committees she served on; and (4) her personal research and address files. The addendum contains research files collected Maureen Ursenbach Beecher as well as materials from an English class.

Adam S. Bennion papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1
Scope and Contents Speeches, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to Bennion's personal, educational, business, and religious activities. The largest amount of the materials relate to his speeches. The bulk of correspondence is between other apostles and general authorities of the Mormon Church.

Joseph T. Bentley correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 878
Scope and Contents Includes files concerning university budget, LDS Church School System, campus colleges and departments, faculty, staff, fund-raising, administrative meetings, students, Treasurer's Office, New World Archaeological Foundation, and athletics. Also includes files relative to Church schools in Mexico and in the Pacific, and some of Bentley's personal files. Includes significant amounts of correspondence with Ernest L. Wilkinson (president of BYU) and others.

John Law Blythe papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 791
Scope and Contents File includes copies of a handwritten biographical sketch of Blythe, written by one of his granddaughters, Pearl Elizabeth Mitchell Boyce; typescripts of some of Blythe's 1874 letters to Brigham Young (1801-1877) reporting on the progress of the Arizona mission and relations with the Indians; a diary covering 1857-1874 as well as extracts from 1870 and 1878-1880.The 1857-1874 diary describes Blythe's conversion to the Mormon Church in California; emigrating to Utah; and daily life...