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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 58 Collections and/or Records:

Chester Alan Arthur pardon

 File — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2036
Scope and Contents Handwritten pardon issued by the office of the president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) and signed by him. The item pardons John J. Kelly of Utah for crimes of "bigamy or polygamy and unlawful cohabitation."

John F. Bennett photograph album of Church history

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 801
Scope and Contents This collection contains one small black photo album. The album was made by John F. Bennett for Mr. and Mrs. George Albert Smith in the 1930s. It is similar to other albums put together by Bennett but is uniquely arranged with the Smiths in mind. Bennett used images created by several notable pioneer photographers such as William H. Jackson, C. R. Savage, George E. Anderson, C. W. Carter etc. The photographs selected should be considered some of the most notable images depicting the pioneer...

Biographical sketch of the life of Luman Andros Shurtliff

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 88
Scope and Contents Typewritten condensation of the original journal of Shurtliff, a businessman, politial and religious leader, Mormon missionary and patriarch, which tells of his early life in Ohio, religious revivals, conversion to Mormonism, marriages, missionary work, mobs in Far West, Missouri, expulsion from Nauvoo, Illinois, immigration to Utah, life in Weber County, Utah, and military preparations against Johnston's Army.

Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 506
Abstract Includes typewritten and handwritten biographies of William Rufus Rogers Stowell. Also included are typed excerpts from the biography and photocopies of an account of Stowell's death handwritten by his grandson, Earl Stowell. William Stowell was a convert to the Mormon Church. He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, migrated to Utah in 1852, served in the Utah Militia during the Utah Expedition, served on missions for the Mormon Church, and went to Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy.

Henry Green Boyle diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 156
Scope and Contents Contains a handwritten autobiography and diaries related to Boyle's life and experience as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The autobiography was written beginning in 1844 and, in the same volume, he starts a diary in 1846. Boyle kept 14 additional volumes of diaries, dating from 1855 to 1889. Most of the content relates to Boyle's missionary experiences in California and to Southern States Mission, including while he was mission president from 1875 to 1878. Also...

David John Buerger term papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1465
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typed term papers entitled "Brigham Young University: The Unvarnished Reality," and "Politics and Inspiration: An Historical Analysis of the Woodruff Manifesto." The items are controversial works on the role of education in the Mormon Church and the changes in the Mormon doctrine of "plural marriage."

William Butler autobiographies and letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 863
Scope and Contents This collection consists of autobiographies and personal letters. Included are four personal histories of varying lengths. Butler described his visions, business matters, family relationships, church assignments, missions served, and recounted many colorful experiences including hunting down and killing the murderer of one of his children. The letters were written by William Butler and his first wife, Emma Harvey, to their Henry Harvey Butler in 1891-2 while Henry was serving on a mission to...

Mina C. Cannon autograph books

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 963
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten autograph books. Mina received greetings and well wishes from many prominent Utahns and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of these items were written from the Utah State penitentiary by Church leaders incarcerated for polygamy.

Charles Ora Card papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1543
Scope and Contents Contains materials pertaining to the life and work of Charles Ora Card, and includes personal journals, letters, and office journals ranging from 1871 to 1903. They cover Card's responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both in Logan, Utah and Southern Canada as well as construction of various canals, roads, and buildings. They also discuss his relationships in polygamy, the colonization of Alberta, Canada by Mormon pioneers including association with the Canadian...

Copies of revelations

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1857
Scope and Contents Two handwritten booklets. One booklet is a list of people which were persecuted and imprisoned for polygamy in Utah and Idaho. The other item includes copies of a "revelation" (26 Jan. 1880) by the Mormon Apostle, Wilford Woodruff, concerning obedience to the Mormon Church and an excerpt from his journal on the dedication of the St. George Temple in 1877; a list of 28 women believed to have been "sealed" to Joseph Smith (1805-1844); "testimonies" of Mormon Church members; a "revelation" (13...