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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 24 Collections and/or Records:

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...

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.

James T. Belliston journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3873
Scope and Contents Photocopy of journals written by James T. Belliston during his missionary service in England between 1875 and 1876. Includes descriptions of his mission call, travels, and spiritual experiences.

Benson family correspondence, 1881-1965

 Series
Identifier: MSS 8555 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains letters of the Orton family, primarily from Alexander and Jane, and miscellaneous letters to or from members of the Benson family. These documents are dated between 1881 and 1965.

Joseph E. Booth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2284
Scope and Contents Collection contains the letters, diaries, and ledger books of Joseph Edgar Booth and family between the years 1859-1949. The collection contains material on the British Mission between the years 1894-1896; correspondence to family and friends of the Booth family; early Orem, Utah history (then called the Provo Bench) farm sales, expenses, and etc. of Joseph Edgar Booth; and a record of cases before Joseph Edgar Booth, Justice of the Peace of the town of Orem during the years 1928-1929,...

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,...

Anson Vasco Call diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3813
Scope and Contents Contains the typing and transcribing work of Dorothy Jane Larson Bryson, as well as copies of the original diaries of Anson Vasco Call's missionary diary, and a copy of an article involving Anson Vasco Call. Dated 1864-1866.

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.

Edwin M. Curtis mission journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7410
Abstract Journal is a record of the life Curtis led as he served a mission to Great Britain for the Latter-day Saint Church.