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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 137 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Anti-Mormon lecture notes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7918
Scope and Contents Contains two notebooks of notes given at Anti-Mormon lectures likely given in Lancaster, Ohio in 1918. Speakers included Arthur C. Latimer and a Mrs. Williams. The notes document public addresses by disaffected Mormons about polygamy, temple rites, and other aspects of Mormon life.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285
Abstract The collection contains materials gathered into four main series: (1) student and research files on Mormon women's history; (2) class notes; (3) personal files reflecting university and professional committees she served on; and (4) her personal research and address files. The addendum contains research files collected Maureen Ursenbach Beecher as well as materials from an English class.

Adam S. Bennion papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1
Scope and Contents Speeches, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to Bennion's personal, educational, business, and religious activities. The largest amount of the materials relate to his speeches. The bulk of correspondence is between other apostles and general authorities of the Mormon Church.

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.

Ida Blum collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1891
Abstract The Ida Blum collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, genealogical information, and research notes.

George T. Boyd papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 3082
Abstract Primarily research notes and articles which Boyd created and collected over the course of his time as a philosophy professor.

Bryant W. Rossiter papers on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, approximately 1961-1983

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5974 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials from Rossiter's service as president of the Palmyra New York District, president of the Cumorah Stake, and as a regional representative. Materials include correspondence, meeting notes, talks, and so forth relating to stake conferences, the Connecticut Hartford Mission, the Hartford Regional Council, the Cumorah Regional Council, single adults, athletics, the Toronto Temple, Regional Welfare plans, correspondence with General Authorities, and other various topics. Dated...

Abraham H. Cannon notebook

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1071
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten notes. The materials are various notes, anecdotes, reminiscences, observations on various matters, and gems of thought.