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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 36 Collections and/or Records:

Bahamas History Project sound recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7608
Content Description Contains 55 audiocassettes and 14 compact discs with preservation copies of each disc accompanying containing oral histories or interviews of Mormons in the Bahamas. The materials document the early growth and development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the region. The tapes date 1999-2007, with the bulk of the recordings from 1999.

Neal and Jackie Beecher collection of oral histories

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8022
Scope and Contents Contains oral histories of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kenya. The members were interviewed by Jackie and Neal Beecher while they served as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Moana B. Bennett oral history interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6839
Abstract Collection of transcripts and audio cassettes of oral history interviews conducted by Moana B. Bennett from 1980-1984.

Oral history interviews with Edwin Allan and Genevieve Mary Lewis Black

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6703
Abstract Oral history interviews with Allan and Genevieve Black, conducted by Gary Shumway and Doug Daniels on 30 May 1978.

Jennifer Reeder interview with Catherine Bowles

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2947
Scope and Contents Oral history of Catherine Bowles, from an interview conducted by Jenny Reeder.

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.

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies oral history project records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7752
Scope and Contents Contains oral history project case files, audio interviews, and bound transcripts of oral history interviews completed by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies between 1959 and 2013. In general, case files may contain an analog recording of the interview made by the interviewer, a typed transcript, a corrected transcript, and documents regarding permission to make the documents public signed by the person interviewed. Some case files do not have an accompanying transcription and vice...

Richard W. Jackson and P. Bradford Westwood collection of oral histories

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3804
Scope and Contents Typewritten and spiral bound transcript of interviews conducted by Richard W. Jackson and P. Bradford Westwood for the James Moyle Oral History Program. The interview between Ehlers and Jackson was initiated on the premise of a forth coming history of the LDS Church meeting house architecture. A follow up interview (conducted two years later) was conducted by P. Bradford Westwood, in hopes to gain clarification in certain areas from the initial interview.

Néstor Curbelo papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6939
Overview Collection includes documents, CDs, DVDs and collected photographs as well as unbound volumes of oral history interviews of families in both Northern and Southern Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.

Scott Faulring research collection on Jerald and Sandra Tanner

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1580
Abstract In addition to extensive oral history interviews, Scott Faulring compiled a comprehensive bibliography of the Tanners' works; collected other known interviews with the Tanners, including those conducted by James D'Arc and Roger Flick; and also helped organize a photographic record of the Tanners and their place of business.