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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 64 Collections and/or Records:

Mary Ellen Edmunds papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7643
Scope and Contents Contains personal and professional papers of Edmunds, including resources from her work at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, especially training in foreign languages and instruction of senior missionaries. Some materials deal with human services missions in countries such as India and Ghana. Collection also contains work from Edmunds' work on the Relief Society General Board, including teaching manuals, cards, and correspondence between various members of the Board. Also included...

J. Wyley Sessions papers on career and full-time church assignments, 1919-1978

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 156 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers regarding his profession and church service. Includes materials related to missions he served as the president of, his service with the Institute program, his work at Brigham Young University, and other papers regarding his career.

J. Wyley Sessions papers on civic activities, 1949-1965

 Series
Identifier: UA 156 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, notes, and other materials related to civic and business activities by Sessions. Materials date from between 1949 and 1965.

J. Wyley Sessions papers on Institutes of Religion, 1927-1976

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 156 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, notes, and other materials related to his service with the Institutes of Religion.

J. Wyley Sessions speeches, articles, and notes, date of production not identified

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 156 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains speeches and talks given by him. There are also articles he collected throughout his life, and various other writings.

Missionary Center Training records on Estonian language training, approximately 2008

 Sub-Series — oversize: 44, item: 14
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Estonian language.

The 2015 accession consists of one T.A.L.L. disc of "VP" content and language resources for Estonian-speaking missionaries. Materials dated approximately 2008.

Missionary Training Center floor plans, 1990-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 3
Scope and Contents Series 3, Missionary Training Center floor plans, contains floor plans for Missionary Training Centers and related LDS historical sites all over the world. This includes plans and related documents for various Visitors' Centers (Mesa Arizona Temple, Kanesville Tabernacle and center, Hawaii Temple, Temple Square North and South centers and campus signage diagrams, Hill Cumorah, Joseph Smith Memorial, Palmyra, and Park City); it also includes plans for the building/remodel of MTCs...

Missionary Training Center Gospel research and training materials, approximately 1929-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains studies and research done by the Missionary Training Center and gospel training materials such as DVDs, textbooks, and pamphlets to teach missionaries and Mission Presidents how to teach the Gospel. This includes Mission President/Visitor's Center Director seminar files and media, the original systems of missionary discussions, the development of the Preach My Gospel system by manuscript chapter, curriculum committee materials, proselyting area books, TRC journals, missionary planning,...

Missionary Training Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545
Scope and Contents The collection showcases the operation of primarily the Provo Missionary Training Center; it is divided into series of language training materials, gospel teaching and missionary training materials, and floor plans (and similar/related documents) for other worldwide missionary training centers, visitors' centers, LDS Church historical sites, etc.This includes language textbooks, foreign editions of Church materials, cultural guides, study plans and area handbooks, grammar and...

Missionary Training Center records on Afrikaans language training, 1967-2006

 Sub-Series — Carton: 17
Identifier: UA 5545 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials for training missionaries to teach in the Afrikaans language (a South African Dutch derivative). Specific materials unknown--only in previous accessions. Materials dated 1967-2006.