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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1830-

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (est. 1830) is a restorationist Christian church with a world-wide membership. Originally established in Upstate New York by Joseph Smith, Jr., the church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 16 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Presidents of the Church have included Joseph Smith Jr. (1832-1844), Brigham Young (1847-1877), John Taylor (1880-1887), Wilford Woodruff (1889-1898), Lorenzo Snow (1898-1901), Joseph F. Smith (1901-1918), Heber J. Grant (1918-1945), George Albert Smith (1945-1951), David O. McKay (1951-1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970-1972), Harold B. Lee (1972-1973), Spencer W. Kimball (1973-1985), Ezra Taft Benson (1985-1994), Howard W. Hunter (1994-1995), Gordon B. Hinckley (1995-2008), Thomas S. Monson (2008-2018), and Russell M. Nelson (2018- ).

Found in 58 Collections and/or Records:

John Urie letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2370
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letters written to Urie's wife, Priscilla, and to his mother. Two of the items were written while Urie was on a mission for the Mormon Church in Glasgow, Scotland. The remaining items were written in Cedar City, Utah. Urie writes about personal and family matters and also about his activities and community affairs.
Dates: 1873-1891

Charles Ursenbach collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1853
Scope and Contents Includes intermittent journals, 1921-1971, and daily journals, 1973-1985; photocopied news clippings, primarily about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada, 1956-1981; transcripts of oral histories that Ursenbach recorded with Chesley N. Pierson, Louis O. Brandley, and Asael E. Palmer; personal histories of Elizabeth Fern Wood Smith and Ole F. Pierson; Ursenbach's history of Richard C. Harvey and the development of Romnellet sheep; histories of Latter-day Saint wards in the...
Dates: 1924-1985

Utah District Court records of United States vs. George Reynolds

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6286
Abstract The Utah District Court Records of United States vs. George Reynolds is a microfilm copy of papers and files of United States vs. George Reynolds case on polygamy from 1874.
Dates: 1985

John Van Cott papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1743
Scope and Contents Correspondence, diaries, and a family history. The correspondence is between Van Cott and family members. Also included are handwritten and signed letters from Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church, to Van Cott. The diaries cover the time when Van Cott served as a missionary for the Mormon Church from 1852 to 1856 and from 1859 to 1862. He was in Iowa City, Iowa, when the first handcart companies left for Utah.
Dates: 1838-1913

John Mills Whitaker diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 293
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typewritten transcripts of a handwritten journal. The items were originally kept in Pitman shorthand. The entries are extensive and detailed. Whitaker was raised in Centerville, Utah but lived much of his adult life in Salt Lake City, Utah. Whitaker details his life and activities and makes observations on Utah society, the Mormon Church, and state and national politics. He had numerous callings in the Mormon Church and served as a missionary for that faith in the "Eastern...
Dates: 1883-1949

Orange L. Wight recollections

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1025
Scope and Contents Three recollections are mainly concerned with the early period of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, up to the martyrdom of the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr (1805-44).
Dates: approximately 1830-1844

Wives of Brigham Young

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 664
Scope and Contents Typewritten list. The item presents a list of 59 women known to have been married to the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young. The list was compiled "From Temple Work Sheets in L.D.S. gen. Soc. Archives." The item also includes biographical data on each wife.
Dates: approximately 1960

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2184
Scope and Contents Handwritten correspondence, notes, poems, drafts of speeches, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to family matters, questions on Mormon polygamy, Mormon doctrine, and Baker family history.
Dates: 1818-1880