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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 97 Collections and/or Records:

Arza Adams autobiographies and diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3260
Scope and Contents Photocopies of microfilm copies of handwritten diaries. Adams joined the Mormon Church in 1836 and served as missionary for that faith in Canada. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1849.

John Adams diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2328
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten diary. Adams lived in Oakley, Idaho, and writes about his daily routine. He was concerned about his health, the weather, and farm work. He also tells about various meetings for the Mormon Church.

Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies and transcripts of letters and postcards between Alvin and Amelia Smith, including correspondence from their courtship and during his missionary service in England. The letters discuss routine aspects of missionary work, such as finances and accommodations, investigators, companions and conferences, local attitudes, and events. Also includes descriptions of life in the Smith family, such as births and deaths, weddings, financial circumstances, and events of daily life....

Autobiography and biography of Thomas Jarvis Yates

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6831
Abstract A photocopy of a family history and autograph book of Thomas Jarvis Yates and his descendants, 1987.

Robert Aveson newspaper clippings

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1034
Scope and Contents Photocopies of newspaper clippings probably taken from the "Deseret News." Some of the materials were written or edited by Aveson. They deal with a wide range of subjects relating to Utah and Mormon Church history.

Sterling E. Beesley collection of Mormon church music

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6838
Abstract 19th century LDS church music, photocopied by Sterling E. Beesley, 1991.

James T. Belliston journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3873
Scope and Contents Photocopy of journals written by James T. Belliston during his missionary service in England between 1875 and 1876. Includes descriptions of his mission call, travels, and spiritual experiences.

Henry William Bigler diary

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3095
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript. The item is "extracts from missionary experiences. Copied from original diary owned by Delbert Bigler, Provo, Utah." The extracts start in 1853 when Bigler was on a mission for the Mormon Church in Hawaii. He writes about a smallpox epidemic and missionary experiences. He returned to Utah in 1855. He married Cynthia Jane Whipple in November of 1855. He went on another mission to Hawaii in 1857 and returned in 1858. He talks about his...

Cedar City Stake Relief Society notes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1543
Scope and Contents Photocopy of the Cedar City Ward Relief Society minute book "A". The minute book contains descriptions of the Relief Society meetings and speeches concerning the spiritual welfare of the members of the Mormon Church. In addition, the minute book includes a membership list of the Mormon Relief Society in Cedar City.

Christian P. Christiansen autograph book

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5966
Abstract 54 photocopied leaves of an autograph book belonging to Christian P. Christiansen.