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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 35 Collections and/or Records:

Ballard family photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS P 40
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs of Melvin J. Ballard, his family, and associates.

Adam S. Bennion collection of photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 48
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs documenting Bennion's life. Images include leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, military figures, and the railroad.

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 98
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs, postcards, stereographs, and negatives assembled by Emma Gates Bowen. Includes images of opera singers, costuming, staging, the Bowen family, and a Mormon chapel in Laie, Hawaii.

Paul R. Cheesman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2049
Scope and Contents This collection includes manuscripts (personal and professional papers), publisher's gallery prints, color transparencies (including 35 mm slides), negatives, color separations, photographs, personal literary materials, research and reference files, audio and visual materials, and historical books, covering over 30 years of research in the ancient Americas, other ancient civilizations, and LDS Church history. A vast majority of the materials in this collection involve archaeology and The Book...

Harold T. Christensen photographs

 Collection — item: 1
Identifier: MSS P 581
Scope and Contents Collection includes 1114 photographs of Christensen's mission to New Zealand, his family, and his friends. Photographs were taken between the 1920s and the 1970s.

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.

James H. Clawson photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 517
Scope and Contents Collection includes 15 photographs of James H. Clawson, taken between the 1900s and the 1970s. Includes portraits of Clawson and a group portrait of his family.

Collection of George Teasdale family photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2654
Overview Images of George Teasdale and (presumably) his wife and children, approximately 1859-1861.

Collection on Brigham Young

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 506
Scope and Contents Contains final script as filmed of the motion picture "Brigham Young" bound in one volume with still photographs from the feature. Also included are autographed publicity shots of the main characters in the production. The stills are on leaves facing the text and correspond closely to it. The motion picture was made for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by Henry Hathaway, the screenplay was by Lamar Trotti, and the original story was written by...

Lee T. Cox collection of photographs from the Canadian Mission

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8368
Scope and Contents Materials include 73 photographs of Latter-day Saint missionaries between 1950 and 1952 and a newspaper clipping on Latter-day Saint missionaries. The missionaries have written notes to Lee T. Cox on the back of their photographs. 72 of the photographs are from the Canadian Mission. There is also a photocopy of a newspaper clipping of a Canadian Latter-day Saint basketball team.