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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 99 Collections and/or Records:

Barbara Stewart Anderson collection on Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8176
Scope and Contents Collection contains scrapbooks, journals, biographical works, and other materials collected by Anderson about her parents, Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart. Includes information about the Stewart family, her parents' service as Mormon missionaries in England, and the development and operation of Timp Haven Lodge. Materials date from between 1928 and 2011. Also contains family scrapbooks of her grandparents Scott Pease Stewart, Myrtle Maiben, Heber William Beckstrand, and Mary Elizabeth...

Annie Wells Cannon and family papers, 1929-1963

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.

Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8064
Content Description Contains four scrapbooks of Ballard documenting his service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionary work and the development of the welfare program. Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, and letters. Dated 1893 to 1945.

LaMar C. Berrett papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7968
Scope and Contents Contains the research material, notes, photographs, and other material of Berrett, including research on Mormon Trail history, history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and scrapbooks of tours conducted by LaMar C. Berrett. Dates range from 1931-2007.

Ernest Wilford Bosgieter scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3236
Scope and Contents Scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and related ephemera gathered during Ernest Bosgieter's service as a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission between 1927 and 1929.

Hugh B. Brown scrapbook

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7758
Scope and Contents Contains two digital copies of a scrapbook of Hugh B. Brown on five CD-ROMs. The scrapbooks contain materials that document his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain, with materials dating from between 1937 and 1938.

Rulon Tingey and Josephine Omer Burton family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3135
Scope and Contents Collection includes the papers of various members of the Burton family from 1834 to 2005, with the bulk of the material focusing on the life of Rulon and Josephine Burton. Materials include journals, personal and family correspondence, literary and manuscript drafts, personal and family scrapbooks, notebooks and other family records.

Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2052
Scope and Contents Collection contains personal and professional papers in addition to other memorabilia from the Bushman family encompassing the years of 1946 to 2012. This includes correspondence, diaries, transcripts, manuscripts, research files, photographs, and printed ephemera. Among the papers are research materials for a project on Mormons in Elkton, Maryland from 1984 to 1985, which includes ward records, journals of local Church members, and interview transcripts. Also includes documentation related to...

William F. Butt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1397
Scope and Contents Diaries, 1887-1895; correspondence, 1883-1897; financial records, Lehi, Utah, Ward record book; patriarchal blessings; mission records; and biographies of family members. Also included are the diaries of Butt's wife, Laura Ellen Bushman Butt, 1896-1897. The materials document William Butt's life in Lehi, Utah, and his service as a missionary for the Mormon Church to the Northern States.

Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6782
Abstract The Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers include scrapbooks, an autobiography, certificates, awards, and other ephemera pertaining to his personal and professional life. The collection dates from 1870 to 1995. Much of the collection has to deal with his church life, in particular with his service as a bishop.