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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 126 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur Gaeth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1934
Abstract Papers related to Arthur Gaeth's career as a journalist during WWII, including materials related to Germany, 1923-1983.

German-Speaking Immigrants Oral History Project case files, 1987-1990

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 19 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the German-Speaking Immigrants Oral History Project, 1987-1990.

German-Speaking Immigrants Oral History Project transcripts, 1987-1990

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 19 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the German-Speaking Immigrants Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1987-1990.

Earl Glade oral history interview

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6808
Abstract An oral history interview with Earl Glade, conducted by Alma Heaton for the BYU Alumni Association Emeritus Club on 15 November 1984.

Mark L. Grover collection of interviews in Portugal

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 6282
Abstract The Mark Grover collection of interviews in Portugal contains interviews conducted by Mark L. Grover to a variety of members of the LDS church in Portugal. There are eleven interviews comprising 329 pages.

Mark L. Grover oral history interviews with Latter-day Saints in Brazil

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6799
Abstract Thirty-five oral histories conducted by Mark L. Grover, each relating to LDS church history in Brazil, 1975-1984.

Ervin Richard and Beth Guymon oral history interview

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6669
Abstract Oral history interviews conducted on June 1, 1978 by Suzanne Shelton and Eileen Pohl to Ervin and Beth Guymon.

Oral history interview with George H. Hansen

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 44
Scope and Contents Interview by Alonzo Morley with George H. Hansen, geologist, concerning his experiences in Richfield, Utah; as a student at Utah State University, 1915-1918, as a missionary in England, as a faculty member and administrator at Brigham Young University from 1927, and on later work at a university in Java. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6682
Abstract Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey, conducted by John Abraham for the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton, oral history program.

Historic Downtown Provo Oral History Project transcripts, 1992-2013

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 52
Scope and Contents Includes 79 oral histories on the history of Provo, Utah. Topics discussed in these histories include the history of Brigham Young University, parades in the area, the impact of NuSkin on the local community, life in downtown Provo, and the Provo Tabernacle. Materials dated 1992-2013.