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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 101 Collections and/or Records:

Adoption record from Manti Temple

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1937
Scope and Contents Handwritten temple record. The item verifies that four women were adopted by proxy as daughters of the Mormon Apostle, Daniel H. Wells, and his wife, Eliza Wells. The four women were from the Lee family and died between 1847 and 1859.

James B. Allen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2183
Abstract The collection of professional papers of James B. Allen, includes drafts and research files for various books, correspondence, class lecture notes and other papers. Manuscripts include those for The Story of The Latter-day Saints, The Company Town in the American West, Men with a Mission and Hearts Turned to the Fathers.

Robert Aveson newspaper clippings

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1034
Scope and Contents Photocopies of newspaper clippings probably taken from the "Deseret News." Some of the materials were written or edited by Aveson. They deal with a wide range of subjects relating to Utah and Mormon Church history.

Alexander L. Baugh published articles

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2775
Scope and Contents Copies of published articles. "Blessed is the First Man Baptised in This Font" in Mormon Historical Studies 3 (Fall 2002) no. 2. "Was Joseph F. Smith Blessed by His Father Hyrum Smith in Liberty Jail?" in Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Spring 2003) no. 1. "From High Hopes to Despair: the Missouri Period 1831-39" in Ensign 31 (July 2001) no. 7.

Grant Lee Benson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 304
Overview Lesson outlines, notes, scriptural references, grammar and vocabulary words, word lists, publications, patriarchal blessings, and correspondence. Most of the materials relate to the Tahitian language and Benson's attempts to master it and use it in his missionary work.

LaMar C. Berrett papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7968
Scope and Contents Contains the research material, notes, photographs, and other material of Berrett, including research on Mormon Trail history, history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and scrapbooks of tours conducted by LaMar C. Berrett. Dates range from 1931-2007.

James G. Bleak diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1691
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886), and...

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 programs and faculty directories, approximately 1964-1992

 Series — Carton: 32
Identifier: MSS 2183 Series 8
Scope and Contents note Series contains Brigham Young University programs and faculty directories collected by James B. Allen, circa 1964-1992.