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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:

Joseph W. Booth diaries and poems

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 155
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries and poems. These journals were kept from 1885 to 1928 when Booth was in Alpine, Utah, at the Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah, and in Turkey and Armenia as a missionary and as mission president.

Chicago University Branch collection of Sunday School speeches

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2140
Scope and Contents 24 talks presented to the University Branch Sunday School. Subjects of talks are direction and control of recreation by the Mormon church; Salvation for the dead and genealogy; teachers training; the Mormons and the printing industry; Mormon poetry; Mormon history; Need of temples in this dispensation; Education among the Mormons; Brief genealogical history of the LDS Church; Patriotism; LDS Literature; Missionary work; Customs of the south seas and the missionary work among the people; Mormon...

Elbert H. Eastmond papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 388
Scope and Contents Collection contains scripts, outlines, songs, poems, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings concerning the production and presentation of various Mormon Church pageants.

Einar Erickson autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 700
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography. Erickson describes his early life in Iceland, his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his migration to Utah, his return to Iceland as an Mormon missionary, and his life in Spanish Fork and in Cleveland, Utah. Also included is a lengthy poem in Icelandic.

Exponent II records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1527
Scope and Contents Contains materials from Exponent II, including minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, and articles. Materials were produced during the meetings, retreats and parties, and publications of the members of Exponent II in the greater Boston and New England area. Dated 1974-2001.

Holbrook and surrounding areas : history book 1878-1987

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6836
Abstract A history book entitled Holbrook and Surrounding Areas: History Book 1878-1987,compiled by Carol Eliason and Mary Hubbard in 1987.

Isaac Groo papers, 1864-1895

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, poetry, newspaper articles, an autobiography, and other materials related to Groo's life. Includes information on his missionary service in Australia, his work ranching, and his encarceration for practicing polygamy. Materials date from between 1864 and 1895.

John Lyon bound journals and records, 1849-1884

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1595 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Manuscripts of John Lyon and research materials assembled by his great grandson, T. Edgar Lyon, Jr., for a biography of John Lyon. The items include personal history documents (1853-1903); stories and poems (1824-1887); journals (1849-1884); photographic material (1850-1906); correspondence (1849-1878); and a scrapbook of obituaries and published articles by and about John Lyon.

John Lyon miscellaneous manuscripts, 1824-1896

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1595 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Manuscripts of John Lyon and research materials assembled by his great grandson, T. Edgar Lyon, Jr., for a biography of John Lyon. The items include personal history documents (1853-1903); stories and poems (1824-1887); journals (1849-1884); photographic material (1850-1906); correspondence (1849-1878); and a scrapbook of obituaries and published articles by and about John Lyon.

John Lyon photographs, 1835-1906

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1595 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Manuscripts of John Lyon and research materials assembled by his great grandson, T. Edgar Lyon, Jr., for a biography of John Lyon. The items include personal history documents (1853-1903); stories and poems (1824-1887); journals (1849-1884); photographic material (1850-1906); correspondence (1849-1878); and a scrapbook of obituaries and published articles by and about John Lyon.