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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 29 Collections and/or Records:

Centennial Mormon colonies in Mexico

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5886
Abstract Two videocassettes of the 1985 centennial celebration of Mormon colonies in Mexico, created by V. Chester Redd.

T. C. Christensen papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 9039
Scope and Contents Contains shooting scripts, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, and DVDs of T. C. Christensen's various films and projects including, "Only a Stonecutter," "17 Miracles," and "Ephraim's Rescue." Films and projects were produced mainly in Utah and relate especially to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its history. Dated 1975-2013.

Harold I. Hansen scrapbooks of the Hill Cumorah Pageant

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7491
Scope and Contents Collection includes three large scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings regarding the Hill Cumorah Pageant. The collection dates from 1971 to 1973.

R. Don Oscarson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6292
Scope and Contents Collection contains music scores, and audio and video recordings relating to the musical pageants City of Joseph, Sand in Their Shoes, Christopher, Six Sent South, and My San Diego.

David R. Roberts scripts

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 938
Scope and Contents Script of pageant calls for a narrator and four characters: Father Adam, Moses, Daniel, and Joseph Smith, each of whom gives a brief synopsis of his life. Each of these prophets tells his own story as found in Mormon scriptures. Roberts wrote this pageant for his Mormon High Priest's Quorum in refutation of the Darwinian theory of evolution.

Screenplays for Brigham Young

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2324
Scope and Contents Contains four scripts for the motion picture "Brigham Young." Includes various versions from the development of the film, stamped between 1939 and 1940.

Sound recordings of music performances, 1941-1996

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 1197 Series 1 Sub-Series 16 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains audio recordings of faculty and student recitals, orchestra performances, symphonies, and band performances held on campus. Dated 1948 to 1996.

Sound recordings of performances, 1941-1996

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 1197 Series 1 Sub-Series 16
Scope and Contents Contains audio recordings of faculty and student recitals, orchestra performances, symphonies, band performances, theatre and opera performances, and the Lyceum music series. Dated 1948 to 1996.

T. C. Christensen materials on 17 miracles, 2011

 Series — Box: 3, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSS 9039 Series 22
Scope and Contents Contains a manuscript copy for the film, "17 Miracles," which was written and directed by T.C. Christensen. The materials are dated 2011.

T. C. Christensen materials on Bug off!, 2001

 Series — Box: 3, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9039 Series 16
Scope and Contents Contains shooting scripts, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, and DVDs of T. C. Christensen's various films and projects including, "Only a Stonecutter," "17 Miracles," and "Ephraim's Rescue." Films and projects were produced mainly in Utah and relate especially to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its history. Dated 1975-2013.