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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 29 Collections and/or Records:

Barbara Stewart Anderson collection on Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8176
Scope and Contents Collection contains scrapbooks, journals, biographical works, and other materials collected by Anderson about her parents, Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart. Includes information about the Stewart family, her parents' service as Mormon missionaries in England, and the development and operation of Timp Haven Lodge. Materials date from between 1928 and 2011. Also contains family scrapbooks of her grandparents Scott Pease Stewart, Myrtle Maiben, Heber William Beckstrand, and Mary Elizabeth...

Shauna Christine Anderson Young research on Scandinavian missionaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370
Scope and Contents Contains files collected and created by Young while researching for the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894," which she co-authored with Susan Easton Black. Files consist primarily of biographical histories and genealogical information of the missionaries who were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia in the latter part of the 19th century. This information was sent to Young by descendants or other relatives of these missionaries...

Annie Wells Cannon and family papers, 1929-1963

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.

Mary Ellen Owens Bradshaw papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5899
Overview The Mary Ellen Owens Bradshaw papers contain various papers regarding the family history and day to day life of Mary Ellen Edmunds Bradshaw.

Clarence D. Taylor correspondence, 1930-2000

 Series
Identifier: MSS 3254 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains letters mainly between Clarence D. Taylor and his mother, Maria D. Taylor, while he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa and in the military during World War II. Dated 1862-2000.

Clarence D. Taylor personal correspondence, 1990-2000

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3254 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains letters between Clarence D. Taylor and his family members. The letters document family affairs and day-to-day occurrences in the correspondents' lives. Dated 1990-2000.

Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1470
Scope and Contents Holographs, typescripts (some duplicated), printed material and newspaper clippings (photocopies). Contains journals, correspondence, mission papers, speeches and notes, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia concerning Cowley's mission to New Zealand, time as a student in Washington, D.C., his life as a mission president and Apostle, and the development of missionary activity in the South Pacific and Orient. Also included are an autobiography by Elva T. Cowley and Cowley family histories.

Julian William Cummings papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8098
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the life of Julian William Cummings. Most of the materials pertain to his service in the military as a Grasshopper Pilot during World War II. Documents pertaining to this include his own typed reminiscences, drawings and photographs of that time, and official correspondence on his orders. Also includes publication materials for his memoir, “Grasshopper Pilot,” written with his second wife, Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan. Some materials pertain to his mission...

Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon papers, approximately 1877-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.

Emmeline B. Wells papers, 1904

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.