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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 38 Collections and/or Records:

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....

Alvin Fielding Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains Smith's letters to his wife Amelia, including letters from their courtship (November 1902-April 1903) and during his missionary service in England (April 1905-April 1907). Most of the letters are written from his missionary residence in London; others are written while on tour with his father, President Joseph F. Smith, between August and September 1906. Original enclosures are included. Dated November 17, 1902 - April 15, 1907.

J. Stanley Anderson photographs and postcards

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 120
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs, postcards, and use reproductions of the original items produced by J. Stanley Anderson. Includes images of family and friends.

Ethel P. Beck photographs and postcards

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 307
Scope and Contents Collection includes five photographs and ten postcards of Ethel Beck, mostly related to missions.

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 98
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs, postcards, stereographs, and negatives assembled by Emma Gates Bowen. Includes images of opera singers, costuming, staging, the Bowen family, and a Mormon chapel in Laie, Hawaii.

James H. Buck papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6941
Scope and Contents Contains a journal from Buck's mission to England, some books regarding his mission, postcards, photographs, a booklet of newspaper clippings, and documents stating ordination and draft registration. Materials date from between 1886 and 1962.

Reed Christiansen photographs and postcards

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS P 205
Scope and Contents Collection includes 237 photographs and postcards taken by Reed Christiansen during his mission to Northern California in the 1920s. Photographs were originally in two photograph albums.

Church Historical Sites

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 3817
Scope and Contents This collection contains photographs and postcards of various historical sites relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These sites include: Nauvoo, Orderville, Kirtland, Palmyra, and various LDS temples. Portraits of people include: Joseph Smith, C.S. Forester, and General Fremont with his wife and daughter. Also included in the collection is a book titled American Frontier Photography and a photograph of the 1955 Utah State Senate 31st session.

Arthur B. Cutler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279
Abstract Contains a diary, correspondence, government documents, mission calls and releases, photographs, and a photo album has been organized into three boxes. The first box contains the diary and papers of Arther Cutler. The second box contains photocopies of photographs and the photo album. The third box contains the original photographs and photo album of the collection. Additionally, the photographs have been separated into three series: studio portraits, snapshots, and photo album.

Burton K. and Mabel Pearce Farnsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2282
Scope and Contents Papers reflect Burton Farnsworth's activities as Director of Secondary Education for the state of Utah, 1934-1945, and as a member of the presidency and general board of the YMMIA, while George Q. Morris served as president. Includes photocopied diary of Farnsworth written during his mission to Samoa, 1911-1914; volume includes post-mission entries by his wife, Mabel Pearce Farnsworth. Also includes photocopied diary of Mabel Pearce Farnsworth, 1910-1913, reflecting her activities in...