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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 24 Collections and/or Records:

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.

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.

Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project case files, 1997-1999

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 33 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project, 1997-1999.

Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project transcripts, 1997-1999

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 33 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1997-1999.

Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project transcripts and case files, 1997-1999

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 33
Scope and Contents Includes contracts from and contact information for participants in the Franklin Neighborhood Oral History Project, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews, and transcripts for those interviews, 1997-1999.

John Thomas Giles diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 994
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries and teaching notes. Giles writes about his daily activities in Provo, Utah; his two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii (1890-1897 and 1905-1907); his work at a lime kiln; his work on a railroad; and his teaching of Sunday School for the Church.

Belle W. Hales diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 11
Overview This collection contains two typewritten diaries.

Henrichsen family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2026
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies of E.C. Christensen's diary, play, autograph book, and family photographs. Also contains articles by other family members about E.C.'s life, his pottery business, and family history. Diary about E.C.'s later life is handwritten (1917-1926) and includes transcription. E.C. wrote a play entitled "Det Forste Store Drama" of which a complete version was published on his mission in 1905 and a photocopy included in this collection. The photography, circa 1870-1900, represents...

Historic Downtown Provo Oral History Project transcripts, 1992-2013

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 52
Scope and Contents Includes 79 oral histories on the history of Provo, Utah. Topics discussed in these histories include the history of Brigham Young University, parades in the area, the impact of NuSkin on the local community, life in downtown Provo, and the Provo Tabernacle. Materials dated 1992-2013.