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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 27 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of legends about appearances and manifestations of supernatural beings and revenants, 1958-2002

 Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains fieldwork reports on legends of visitation by God, Mary, angels, deathless or resurrected saints, dead relatives, other dead (both benign and malign), the Devil, Cain, and demons. Some items, particularly the reports of visits from dead relatives, span the boundary between family history and folklore; they have identifiable creators and often report complete, short chains of transmission. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State...

Collection of legends about appearances of family members, 1958-2001

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains legends about appearances of deceased or unborn family members. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1958 to 2001. 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 appearances of the dead that frighten or startle, 1961-1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains legends about deceased family members frightening the living. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1961 to 2001. 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 appearances of unknown beings, 1961-2002

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains legends about unknown beings appearing. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1962 to 2002. 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 appearances or manifestations of malevolent beings, 1960-1998

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains legends about malevolent beings appearing. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1960 to 2007. 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 appearances or manifestations of the spirit of death, 1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains legends about manifestations of the spirit of death. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah in 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 children appearing before birth, 2001 January 24

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 12
Scope and Contents Contains legends about unborn family members appearing before their births. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1964 to 2001. 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 dead people appearing elsewhere at time of death, 1964-1985

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 10
Scope and Contents Contains legends about family members appearing elsewhere at their time of death. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1964 to 1985. 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 family members appearing to cause or urge change in behavior, 1961-1969

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains legends about deceased family members appearing to cause or urge change in behavior. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1961 to 1969. 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 family members appearing to give comfort, 1997-1998

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 2 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains legends about deceased family members appearing to give comfort. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah from 1960 to 1998. 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.