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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:

Alaska Anchorage mission report

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1929
Scope and Contents The item is a bound photocopy of the original typewritten report. The report is a summary of the activities of Snarr as mission president. It contains statistics on the growth of the Mormon Church in the region and on programs being implemented to increase church member activity.

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...

Joseph T. Bentley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 848
Scope and Contents Collection includes correspondence, reports, budget requests and other financial records. The materials relate to the LDS Church schools, institutes, and seminaries, not including those at Brigham Young University.

Bureau of Church Studies statistical studies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 402
Scope and Contents Contains two statistical studies concerning member growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church university needs, and other statistical information.

Alma J. Christensen report book

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3290
Scope and Contents This collection contains thirty-nine letters written to and by John M. Cannon, a Salt Lake City attorney. There are business letters and personal correspondence. The business letters deal mainly with business: mining, ranching, buying and selling of farm land, closing of bank accounts, etc. The contents of the collection span the years between 1893 and 1914 and are arranged chronologically.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints statistical reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8008
Scope and Contents Contains statistical reports from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These reports include progress in the various mission areas, stake progress, and bulletins, 1945-1970.

Clyde C. Edmonds ecclesiastical papers, 1939-1947

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1426 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the following: Clyde Edmonds' mission journal from the British Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; personal correspondence; correspondence, notes and manuals on the General Church Welfare Committee; correspondence, notes and folders on various poultry cooperatives and other economic and industrial organizations with which Edmonds was involved; a collection of notes and talks on the poultry industry, by Edmonds and others and, newspaper clippings on the poultry...

Collection of instances of glossolalia, 1961-1967

 Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 6
Scope and Contents note Contains legends about instances of glossolalia, or speaking in tongues and interpreting tongues. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1961 to 1967. Most of the items are typewritten, but a few of the older items are handwritten. Many of the items contain a description of how, when, and where they were collected as well as explanations of social and cultural contexts.

Collection of legends about prayerful submissions to or requests for death, 1965-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 3 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains legends about prayerful submissions to or requests for death. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1965 to 1972. Most of the items are typewritten, but a few of the older items are handwritten. Many of the items contain a description of how, when, and where they were collected as well as explanations of social and cultural contexts.

Collection of legends about prayers for knowledge leading to conversion, 1961 May 12

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 3 Sub-Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains legends about prayers for knowledge leading to conversion. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1961 to 1997. Most of the items are typewritten, but a few of the older items are handwritten. Many of the items contain a description of how, when, and where they were collected as well as explanations of social and cultural contexts.