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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 57 Collections and/or Records:

Arizona historian tells of early 'Mormon' settlement in that section : gives high praise to pioneers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 804
Scope and Contents Partial transcript of a speech given by McClintock at an LDS stake conference in Phoeniz, Arizona, February 6, [1920]. Reviews the role of the Mormon pioneers in settling Arizona and their accomplishments.

Adam S. Bennion papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1
Scope and Contents Speeches, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to Bennion's personal, educational, business, and religious activities. The largest amount of the materials relate to his speeches. The bulk of correspondence is between other apostles and general authorities of the Mormon Church.

Charles A. Callis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 22
Scope and Contents Diaries (1893, 1940, 1943, and 1945), correspondence (1892-1947), reports of the Southern States Mission (1908-1934), sermons, articles, personal certificates, speeches, patriarchal blessings, and miscellaneous items. These materials deal with a wide range of Mormon theological and administrative issues. They also deal with personal and family matters.

Cedar City Stake Relief Society notes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1543
Scope and Contents Photocopy of the Cedar City Ward Relief Society minute book "A". The minute book contains descriptions of the Relief Society meetings and speeches concerning the spiritual welfare of the members of the Mormon Church. In addition, the minute book includes a membership list of the Mormon Relief Society in Cedar City.

Dedicatory prayer of the Forest Dale Meeting House

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1682
Scope and Contents Typewritten copy of a dedicatory prayer made at Forest Dale by Smith. The prayer asks for protection of the structure and expresses hope in the faithfulness of the members.

David W. Evans shorthand papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6857
Abstract The David W. Evans shorthand papers consist of talks that David W. Evans transcribed in shorthand, dated 1842 to 1876.

Marie F. Felt speeches and Sunday school lessons

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1770
Scope and Contents Handwritten and typewritten drafts and final versions of speeches and Sunday school lessons. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and a biography of Felt by her children. Most of the materials are intended for Mormon children and teach simple precepts of the Mormon faith.

Herbert G. Stockman papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1795
Scope and Contents Newsletters, speeches, certificates, patriarchal blessings, and correspondence. The materials relate to Stockman's mission to Scotland and England with his wife, Margaret, from 1964 to 1966.

Orson Hyde autobiography and funeral

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 444
Scope and Contents Typewritten copy of an autobiography. Hyde writes about his early life and religious experiences. He tells about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the many missions he served for that faith. He also recounts his experiences with the first president of the Church, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), and his activities in Kirtland, Ohio. Also included is a typewritten copy of the funeral for Hyde in Spring City, Utah on 1 Dec. 1878. A eulogy of him was given by the...

Janet G. Lee speeches, 1991-1995

 Sub-Series — Box: 88
Identifier: UA 925 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains speeches, talks, and articles by Janet G. Lee.