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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 156 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas G. Alexander papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1970
Scope and Contents Contains the professional and personal papers of Thomas G. Alexander, dated 1954 to 2009. The professional papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, articles, awards, manuscript drafts, newspaper articles, posters, photographs, questionnaires, outlines, and audiocassettes. These materials pertain to research, students, committees, professional organizations, and courses taught by Dr. Alexander. The personal papers pertain to the U.S. Army and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Autobiographies of Alma W. King and Lucille Olson King

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2991
Scope and Contents Autobiography of Alma King contains memories of his childhood near Garland, Utah; church service, including a Latter-day Saint Mission to the Hawaiian Islands, 1923-1926; attendance at BYU, 1926-1930 and 1933-1936, and the University of Chicago, 1939-1940; teaching LDS seminary at Bear River High School, 1930-1956; marriage; travels; and employment in the Dean of Students office at BYU, 1956-1972. Autobiography of Lucille King contains memories of her childhood in Provo, Utah; attendance at...

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285
Abstract The collection contains materials gathered into four main series: (1) student and research files on Mormon women's history; (2) class notes; (3) personal files reflecting university and professional committees she served on; and (4) her personal research and address files. The addendum contains research files collected Maureen Ursenbach Beecher as well as materials from an English class.

Elias Hicks Blackburn papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 785
Scope and Contents Contains records on the early ecclesiastical history of Provo, Utah. Records include accounts of sermons of the period by several prominent Church leaders during the Mormon Reformation and document the response of the community, including rebaptisms and Church disciplinary matters. Also includes Blackburn's personal family record, and records of donations by Loa (Utah) Ward members for the building of the Manti Temple during Blackburn's tenure as bishop. Dated 1851-1887.

Jennifer Reeder interview with Catherine Bowles

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2947
Scope and Contents Oral history of Catherine Bowles, from an interview conducted by Jenny Reeder.

Brigham Young University Genealogical Library tour photographs and slides

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4079
Scope and Contents This collection contains 62 slides and 75 photographs used for the BYU Genealogical Library tour from the lates 1970s through the late 1990s. Many of the images are of the inside of the library and explain procedures, while others are of people who worked in the library. There are also a few photographs of the BYU campus and the Utah Valley Branch Genealogical Library and three 35 mm black and white negatives of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Church Historical Department collection of photographs of Brigham Young University

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3700
Abstract This collection contains photographs taken at and around BYU campus from the 1920s through the 1970s. Many of the photographs were used in LDS Church Magazines. The photographs document the changes on BYU campus through aerial photographs as well as photos of the various buildings constructed on campus through this time period.

H. H. Cluff diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1946
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary by Harvey H. Cluff. Cluff records events relating to his church activities. He talks about church talks, church courts, and reactions to the activities of federal officials who were pursuing Mormons because of the practice of polygamy. Cluff presents copies of letters written by Mormon Church leaders and gives an account of his arrest for polygamy on 30 April 1887.

Delta Phi Kappa periodicals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 983
Scope and Contents Includes publications from the fraternity, including "The Friar News", "Delta Phi Bulletin", and "Delta Phi Clarion" filed by decade beginning with the 1930's and ending in the 1960's.

Eph and Verena : a Hatch family history

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2236
Scope and Contents Autobiographical and family history of the Hatch family, privately published. The family lived in Provo, Utah. It deals with life in the mid to the end of the 20th Century in a primarily Mormon community. Some of the most important topics in the volumes include: Mormon missionary work, local and churchwide music, and the everyday events of a family in the mid to latter portion of the twentieth century. Includes Hatch's planning and architectural work for BYU Physical Plant as well as Provo and...