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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 29 Collections and/or Records:

Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies and transcripts of letters and postcards between Alvin and Amelia Smith, including correspondence from their courtship and during his missionary service in England. The letters discuss routine aspects of missionary work, such as finances and accommodations, investigators, companions and conferences, local attitudes, and events. Also includes descriptions of life in the Smith family, such as births and deaths, weddings, financial circumstances, and events of daily life....

Alvin Fielding Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains Smith's letters to his wife Amelia, including letters from their courtship (November 1902-April 1903) and during his missionary service in England (April 1905-April 1907). Most of the letters are written from his missionary residence in London; others are written while on tour with his father, President Joseph F. Smith, between August and September 1906. Original enclosures are included. Dated November 17, 1902 - April 15, 1907.

Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 497
Scope and Contents Materials contain Brown's handwritten diary and autobiography. Brown's record starts with an autobiography which takes him to the year 1856 when his diary begins. Describes his conversion to the Mormon Church, life in Nauvoo, Illinois, and relationship with Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church. Brown then describes his migration to Salt Lake City, Utah, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, move to the St. George, Utah area, service on a mission for the Mormon Church in England,...

James H. Buck papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6941
Scope and Contents Contains a journal from Buck's mission to England, some books regarding his mission, postcards, photographs, a booklet of newspaper clippings, and documents stating ordination and draft registration. Materials date from between 1886 and 1962.

Asa Starkweath Calkin diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3138
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten diary. The diary is in two sections, 1850-1853 and 1855-1858. In the earlier diary, Calkin writes that he arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and talks about hauling wood and teaching school to provide for his family. In the later diary, Calkin writes about his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England. He also worked in the office of tithing records in England. He includes copies of letters and blessings in his...

William John Benbow Carter missionary journals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8258
Scope and Contents Materials include missionary journals for Carter's service in the area of Nottingham, England. Includes descriptions of Carter's attempts to find his ancestors and relatives throughout England. The fifth journal includes a description of his return to Utah via Sydney, Australia, and his report to President John Taylor upon his return. The sixth journal includes notes Carter took on his genealogy during his missionary service. Dated 1877-1879.

Frederick William Chappell diary

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8318
Scope and Contents Typescript of a diary kept by Chappell during his service in the British Mission. He served primarily in the Manchester Conference. Includes a description of his travels from Utah to England. Transcribed by Dorrell Chappell Vickers, son of Louise Chappell Vickers, the oldest child and only daughter of Frederick William Chappell. Dated 1890-1891.

Thomas Alfred Clawson papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2289
Abstract The collection contains mostly the correspondence of Bishop Thomas Alfred Clawson from 3 January 1906 - 28 August 1908. Also contains notes relating to lessons on Church History in Sunday School, 1899-1901.

Thomas Day collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2071
Abstract The Thomas Day collection contains Day's journal (1843-1850), an account book (1843-1846), papers, and correspondence relating to his family, most all of which focuses on his LDS mission to England. He served in Lemington, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Leicestershire.

Winslow Farr journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1420
Scope and Contents Collection includes daily accounts of his family, his church mission to England (vol. 2), the Utah War, persecutions concerning his practice of polygamy, his subsequent prison sentence, and his life in Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico. Typescripts of the journals are also included in the collection.