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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 506 Collections and/or Records:

John Austin Abbott mission diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7963
Scope and Contents Contains five volumes of photocopied pages from the mission diaries of John Austin Abbott. Abbott served in the New Zealand Mission, and these diaries detail his daily occasions. He talks about his time with the Mormon Church, their lives, the weather, and baptism numbers. Dated 1899-1901.

Arza Adams autobiographies and diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3260
Scope and Contents Photocopies of microfilm copies of handwritten diaries. Adams joined the Mormon Church in 1836 and served as missionary for that faith in Canada. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1849.

James Adams diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 446

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.

William Ajax journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1488
Scope and Contents Contains holographs, photographs, and typescripts of journals, dated July 20 to December 27, 1861, and January 1, 1862 to December 31, 1863. The journals describe Ajax's activities as a missionary for the Mormon Church in England and Wales and include some newspaper clippings, part of which are from the Udgorn Seion, the Mormon publication in Wales. The clippings include British Mormon emigration statistics from 1841-1861. Ajax immigrated to the United States in 1862. Detailed diary entries...

Alaska Anchorage mission report

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1929
Scope and Contents The item is a bound photocopy of the original typewritten report. The report is a summary of the activities of Snarr as mission president. It contains statistics on the growth of the Mormon Church in the region and on programs being implemented to increase church member activity.

Alvin Benson papers, 1898-1903

 Series
Identifier: MSS 8555 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the personal papers of Alvin Benson (1859-1942), including two missionary journals and a letter written to him. All documents are dated between 1898-1903.

Duwayne Leroy Anderson missionary papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6060
Scope and Contents Materials contain papers dated from 1922 to 1925, which include a mission journal and accompanying transcription, missionary meeting notes, "Swiss and German Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" LDS Church directory, and photograph and postcard albums. All these things were created in conjunction with Anderson's missionary service in Germany from 1922 to 1925.

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...

Lorraine Morton Ashton collection on Ermel J. Morton

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6273
Scope and Contents Collection consists of papers relating to the dictionary Ermel J. Morton, a Mormon missionary who went to Tonga, created from English to Tongan and Tongan to English, his accounts of his mission and translating the Book of Mormon, a history of his wife, a catalog of his materials from home, a typed copy of the talks at his funeral and a Tongan grammar book. There is also a book written about the time the family spent in Tonga.