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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 34 Collections and/or Records:

Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 506
Abstract Includes typewritten and handwritten biographies of William Rufus Rogers Stowell. Also included are typed excerpts from the biography and photocopies of an account of Stowell's death handwritten by his grandson, Earl Stowell. William Stowell was a convert to the Mormon Church. He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, migrated to Utah in 1852, served in the Utah Militia during the Utah Expedition, served on missions for the Mormon Church, and went to Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy.

Charles A. Callis correspondence

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1789
Scope and Contents 56 photocopies of typewritten letters and miscellaneous items. Callis talks about his temporal and spiritual experiences and thoughts as a mission president and apostle.

Franklin Clark papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3274
Scope and Contents Collection contains information about the personal life of Franklin Clark, and includes journals, letters, papers, genealogical records, and historical documents. Historical documents and letters cover the period from 1899 to 1901. Genealogical records are undated. Franklin Clark journals cover the period from 1899 to 1901. Photocopied Edward Watkin Clark journal covers the period from 1847 to 1903.

H. H. Cluff diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1946
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary by Harvey H. Cluff. Cluff records events relating to his church activities. He talks about church talks, church courts, and reactions to the activities of federal officials who were pursuing Mormons because of the practice of polygamy. Cluff presents copies of letters written by Mormon Church leaders and gives an account of his arrest for polygamy on 30 April 1887.

Israel Franklin Evans papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1762
Scope and Contents Certificates, handwritten and typewritten correspondence, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings, receipts, a short biography, magazines, legal papers, a guest book, and a diary. The guest book and diary are found in the same volume. Some of the materials relate to Evans' service as president of the Eastern States Mission for the Mormon Church. The materials deal with his service to the Mormon Church, his law career, and his interest in education in Utah. Many of the items relate to contact...

From the halls of memory

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 798
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Author discusses his family's British roots; their acceptance of Mormonism while living in Birmingham, England, and their immigration to the United States. Tolton also describes his experiences during the Black Hawk War (Utah) and frontier life in Utah. His account goes into great detail about his involvement in territorial and state politics, his business ventures, family life, and his mission to Great Britain for the Mormon Church.

The history of Mormon mercantile cooperation in Utah

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2673
Scope and Contents Carbon copy of a typed PhD dissertation in economics at the University of California. The campus of the University of California is not specified. The item relates the history of the the Mormon Mercantile Cooperation in Utah.

William H. Homer research papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 825
Scope and Contents Collection includes handwritten and typewritten research notes, articles, genealogies, diaries, and biographies. Also included is Homer family correspondence. The family members lived in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. The notes relate to Homer's research on Martin Harris (1783-1875). Also included is a diary Homer's father, William Harrison Homer, Sr., kept while he was on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England from 1867 to 1868.

John L. Smith journals, 1846-1895

 Series
Identifier: MSS 680 Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes journals and photocopies of journals created by John L. Smith, from 1846-1895. Journals discuss early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personal history, and the missionary service of John L. Smith in Switzerland, Italy, and England. Also includes letters and photocopies of letters.

John L. Smith personal papers, church papers, and published articles, 1792-1950

 Series
Identifier: MSS 680
Scope and Contents Contains seven journals, and other autobiographical manuscripts. Photocopies are also included. There is also a bound typescript volume of an autobiography/journal. The journals include accounts of persecutions in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois; pioneering in Utah; his two missions to Europe; and service as president of the Swiss-Italian and the Swiss-Italian-German missions. There is also a contemporary account of the cricket-and-seagull episode in Salt Lake in 1848; his service as a member...