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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 47 Collections and/or Records:

Alvin Fielding Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains Smith's letters to his wife Amelia, including letters from their courtship (November 1902-April 1903) and during his missionary service in England (April 1905-April 1907). Most of the letters are written from his missionary residence in London; others are written while on tour with his father, President Joseph F. Smith, between August and September 1906. Original enclosures are included. Dated November 17, 1902 - April 15, 1907.

L. John Bingham papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8363
Scope and Contents Contains a Luther Bible, an Triple Combination (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and The Voice of Warning, all in German. Also includes a daily appointment book, in German and English. Dated approximately 1938-1940.

Hugh B. Brown research files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3084
Scope and Contents Collection includes correspondence, books, pamphlets, lectures, and manuscripts. The material was written, received, or collected by Brown. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s and religious in nature, although many files also address political issues.

David Candland diary and pamphlets

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1627
Scope and Contents Diary, pamphlets, and typescript of the diary. Candland's journal covers the years from 1841 to 1902 with a major gap from 1861 to 1902 in which years he lived in Mount Pleasant, Utah. The item tells about Candland's missions, his family, and of his other activities. The pamphlets are in defense of the Mormon Church.

Charlie Redd mission papers, 1911-1914

 Sub-Series — Box: 1, Folder: 6-12
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the mission diaries, cards, pamphlets, and certificate of Charlie Redd while he served in the Northwestern States mission. Materials dates from 1911 to 1914.

Clyde C. Edmonds civic and political papers, 1936-1952

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1426 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the following: Clyde Edmonds' mission journal from the British Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; personal correspondence; correspondence, notes and manuals on the General Church Welfare Committee; correspondence, notes and folders on various poultry cooperatives and other economic and industrial organizations with which Edmonds was involved; a collection of notes and talks on the poultry industry, by Edmonds and others and, newspaper clippings on the poultry...

Clyde C. Edmonds ecclesiastical papers, 1939-1947

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1426 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the following: Clyde Edmonds' mission journal from the British Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; personal correspondence; correspondence, notes and manuals on the General Church Welfare Committee; correspondence, notes and folders on various poultry cooperatives and other economic and industrial organizations with which Edmonds was involved; a collection of notes and talks on the poultry industry, by Edmonds and others and, newspaper clippings on the poultry...

William and Annette Curtis collection of African Americana and LDS Church history materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6223
Overview This collection contains items dealing with African American history in the 19th and 20th century. The collection especially deals with materials of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. This collection also contains items concerning religious, particularly LDS, history. Collection spans from approximately 1833-1981.

Daniel H. Ludlow papers on correlation, 1962-1987

 Series — Carton: 3, Folder: 15-20
Identifier: MSS 8007 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains materials describing the history of correlation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials include correspondence, notes, articles, and pamphlets. Dated from 1962 to 1987.

Thomas Day collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2071
Abstract The Thomas Day collection contains Day's journal (1843-1850), an account book (1843-1846), papers, and correspondence relating to his family, most all of which focuses on his LDS mission to England. He served in Lemington, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Leicestershire.