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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 44 Collections and/or Records:

Record book of the 175th Quorum of Seventy, Lindon Ward, Alpine Stake

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3277
Abstract Contains information on the 135th Quorum of Seventy, Lindon Ward, Alpine Stake. Includes personal information of Quorum members and minutes. Digital copy of a record book containing information (pp. 4-7) about 135 Quorum of Seventy members; including: names, births (date, town, county, country), parents' names, baptisms (by whom, dates), ordinations (by whom, date), residences, and deaths. The book also contains minutes (pp. 20-106) from the Quorum meetings covering the dates February 10, 1901...

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.

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...

Jane Brice blessing

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1746
Scope and Contents Handwritten blessing given to Jane Brice by W. G. Perkins, handwritten letter to Jane Brice from her brother John in England, and a photocopy of a genealogical chart showing ancestors and descendants of Jane Brice.

William John Benbow Carter missionary journals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8258
Scope and Contents Materials include missionary journals for Carter's service in the area of Nottingham, England. Includes descriptions of Carter's attempts to find his ancestors and relatives throughout England. The fifth journal includes a description of his return to Utah via Sydney, Australia, and his report to President John Taylor upon his return. The sixth journal includes notes Carter took on his genealogy during his missionary service. Dated 1877-1879.

Franklin Clark papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3274
Scope and Contents Collection contains information about the personal life of Franklin Clark, and includes journals, letters, papers, genealogical records, and historical documents. Historical documents and letters cover the period from 1899 to 1901. Genealogical records are undated. Franklin Clark journals cover the period from 1899 to 1901. Photocopied Edward Watkin Clark journal covers the period from 1847 to 1903.

Joshua Reuben Clark papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1715
Scope and Contents Collection contains diaries, correspondence, genealogical records, newspapers clippings, photographs, diary transcriptions, and digital images on optical media.

John Orval Ellsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1782
Scope and Contents Sixteen bound books containing typewritten and handwritten notes, a diary, theses, lists, laws, scripture references, family genealogy, and an instruction booklet. The materials relate to Ellsworth's occupation as professor and his assignment as a mission president of the Central States Mission of the Mormon Church.

George Facer family genealogical information, undated

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2358 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Genealogical information about the Facer family.

George Halliday papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 139
Scope and Contents Materials include a handwritten diary that was kept from 1845 to 1854, part of which was written in Pitman shorthand. The diary also includes a brief autobiographical sketch of Halliday from his birth up to 1845. Also includes a family record book for George Halliday's family, which includes a short handwritten autobiography. A volume with a typed version of the short autobiography and handwritten transcriptions of the Pitman shorthand sections of the diary are also included. Dated...