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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 33 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University audio materials, 1930-1985

 Series
Identifier: UA 1300 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains reel to reel tape audio recordings of forums, devotionals, graduations, Education Week, General Conference, Mormon church history, and KBYU productions from 1930-1985.

Brigham Young University audio-visual materials

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1300
Scope and Contents Contains sound and motion picture film recordings of forums, devotionals, graduations, Education Week, General Conference, Mormon church history, and KBYU productions from 1930 to 1985.

Brigham Young University minutes, 1967-1969

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: MSS 8824 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains typed-out transcripts of the minutes of various university meetings including the Undergraduate Faculty Meeting, the Department Chairman's Meeting, and the Religion Faculty Meeting. Contents created between 1967-1969.

Brigham Young University recordings of devotionals and forums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5555
Scope and Contents Contains audiocassettes of some of the firesides, forums, and devotional addresses from Brigham Young University during the years 1966-2001. The addresses were given by apostles and other leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, university faculty and staff, and other visiting speakers. The addresses concern gospel principles, student life at BYU, and other topics.

Cedar City Stake Relief Society notes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1543
Scope and Contents Photocopy of the Cedar City Ward Relief Society minute book "A". The minute book contains descriptions of the Relief Society meetings and speeches concerning the spiritual welfare of the members of the Mormon Church. In addition, the minute book includes a membership list of the Mormon Relief Society in Cedar City.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints flannel board missionary discussions

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7581
Scope and Contents Contains flannel board discussions that Mormon missionaries used to teach investigators. There are six discussions that have flannel board pieces, a flannel board map, and a few handouts pertaining to the messages being taught.

Devotional speeches and schedules, 1957-1977

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 13
Identifier: UA 5634 Series 13
Scope and Contents Contains speeches, devotional schedules, and other material. Dates range from 1957-1977.

Families are forever / [MCA Corporate Films] ; [producers, Stephen B. Allen, John G. Kinnear, L. Jay Monk, William N. Burch], 1982

 Sub-Series — Reel: 21
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 8
Scope and Contents Film was released in 1982, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The story is of a family who is comforted by the idea that families can be together forever after a family member dies. Dated 1982.

Harold Glen Clark sound recordings, 1971-1984

 Series — Carton: 5, Object: 29-39
Identifier: MSS 7959 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains sound recordings collected by Harold Glen Clark and his children. Included are audiocassette recordings of several speeches given by Clark, including "How to Get Better as You Get Older," "I Know Not Save the Lord Commanded Me," "Perfect Day," "Memories," and "Put Your Hand in the Hand of God." Also included are a film reel of the Brigham Young University devotional given by Clark entitled "I Know Not Save the Lord Commanded Me," and a compact disc of the funeral services for Clark,...

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. papers on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1951-1961

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 303 Series 10
Scope and Contents Contains seminary and institute directories from 1960-1961 and twelve volumes of the annual report of the Church Welfare Plan.