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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:

Burtis F. and Edythe Christenson Robbins mission papers, 1947-1966

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7405 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Materials from the Robbins' mission together to Germany, where Burtis F. Robbins served as mission president. Materials include letters, books, photographs, and other items of memorabilia. Materials date from 1947-1966.

Burtis F. Robbins mission papers, 1911-1914

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7405 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Materials from Burtis F. Robbins' first mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Germany and Switzerland, dating from 1911 to 1914.

T. C. Christensen papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 9039
Scope and Contents Contains shooting scripts, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, and DVDs of T. C. Christensen's various films and projects including, "Only a Stonecutter," "17 Miracles," and "Ephraim's Rescue." Films and projects were produced mainly in Utah and relate especially to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its history. Dated 1975-2013.

J. M. Crowley sketch of Joseph Smith, Jr.

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1266
Overview Signed pencil sketch of Joseph Smith, Jr. by artist J. McCrowler.

Avard T. Fairbanks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5866
Abstract Correspondence (including with church officials), lecture notes, addresses, sketches, and drawings of Avard T. Fairbanks, a sculptor and professor of fine arts.

Lorin Franklin and Ivie Maude Huish Jones papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6651
Scope and Contents Contains materials primarily created or collected by Lorin Franklin and Ivie Maude Huish Jones during the time he served as president of the Spanish American mission (1943-1954), or items created or collected by their granddaughter, Janelle Brimhall Lysenko, in the process of writing Mission to the Lamanites: The Story of Lorin Franklin Jones and Ivie Maude Huish Jones (worked on in the 1990s and 2000s, published in 2008). Items include books, pamphlets, magazines, articles, interviews,...

Parley P. Pratt and Belinda Marden Pratt book of poetry and accounts

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 725
Scope and Contents One notebook with handwritten items in it. It includes poems by Pratt and his wife Belinda Marden Pratt. One poem deals with the martyrdom of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Also included are financial records. Likely produced in Utah, although no locations are identified. Dated 1847.

Publications and Graphics photograph collection

 Collection
Identifier: UA 763
Overview Photographs used by Brigham Young University's Publications and Graphics Department, many of which are copies made from other sources. Includes photographs of Brigham Young University buildings; Brigham Young Academy; men; women; and photographs relating to the BYU Film and Music Archives; Mormon history; and manuscripts. Also includes photographs taken by GEA Photo and George Edward Anderson.

Burtis F. and Edythe Christenson Robbins papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7405
Abstract Materials include letters, books, photographs, and other items of memorabilia. Materials span 1890-2008.

T. C. Christensen materials on 17 miracles, 2011

 Series — Box: 3, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSS 9039 Series 22
Scope and Contents Contains a manuscript copy for the film, "17 Miracles," which was written and directed by T.C. Christensen. The materials are dated 2011.