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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:

Udney Hay Jacob manuscript extracts

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 478
Scope and Contents Typewritten copy of excerpts of a book published in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842. Jacob writes about the nature of marriage, fornication, and divorce. He states that women are the property of men and condones polygamy. The book was denounced by the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, as "trash." The historian Faun Brodie suggests that Joseph Smith used the work to see the possible reaction to an announcement on polygamy. The item also includes an...

Facer family records, 1776-2001

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2358 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Records of the Facer family.

James Farmer autobiography and diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1433
Scope and Contents Two holograph volumes in three parts with accompanying carbon and ribbon copy typescripts; typescript and draft of typescript of 1881-1882 diary. Describes his early life in England, missionary work for the Mormon Church in England, his immigration to Utah and accounts of ship passage, overland travel to Salt Lake City, Utah and settlement and life in Sanpete County, Utah. The 1881-82 diary deals with a mission to England. Also includes patriarchal blessings.

Winslow Farr journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1420
Scope and Contents Collection includes daily accounts of his family, his church mission to England (vol. 2), the Utah War, persecutions concerning his practice of polygamy, his subsequent prison sentence, and his life in Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico. Typescripts of the journals are also included in the collection.

Nils C. Flygare papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1496
Scope and Contents Includes journals, an autobiography, family genealogy, biographical information, and correspondence and research information from Philip L. Walker. Describes Flygare's personal life, pioneer memories, missionary experiences, LDS Church activities, leadership activities in business and civic activities in Sweden and Utah.

Luke William Gallup autobiography and diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2347
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten autobiography and diary. Gallup writes about his early life in Connecticut, his migration to Iowa, and how he joined the Mormon Church. Gallup moved to Springville, Utah, in 1851. He writes about his life in that town, his service during the Utah Expedition of 1857-8, his relationships to his wives, his mission for the Mormon Church to Connecticut. Gallup moved to Santa Ana, California, in 1888.

George Facer family genealogical information, undated

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2358 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Genealogical information about the Facer family.

George Facer Family Organization collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2358
Abstract Contains diaries, books, and other documents related to the Facer family, life in 19th and early-20th century Utah, and the LDS Church.

George Facer Family Organization family books, 1883-1977

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2358 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Family books.

George Facer Family Organization newspaper articles, 1952

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2358 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Newspaper articles collected by the Facer family.