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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 435 Collections and/or Records:

Arza Adams autobiographies and diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3260
Scope and Contents Photocopies of microfilm copies of handwritten diaries. Adams joined the Mormon Church in 1836 and served as missionary for that faith in Canada. He moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1849.

Thomas Adams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 679
Scope and Contents Holographs and printed material. Contains a journal of Adams' mission to Great Britain, 1895-1897, including newspaper clippings about Mormonism in Ireland, and records of his correspondence and missionary work. Also included are a letter changing his mission call to Great Britain, 1895, genealogical data, and family histories of his father's family, William Adams.

African American Oral History Project case files, 1985-1993

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 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 African American Oral History Project, 1985-1993.

African American Oral History Project directory, 1988-1995

 Sub-Series — Folder: MSS OH 2535
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains directories for the African American Oral History Project. Dated from 1988 to 1995.

African American Oral History Project spirituality surveys, approximately 1980

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains surveys given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are also African American, asking them about their feelings towards the Church and about racism within the Church. Dated approximately 1980.

African American Oral History Project transcripts, 1985-1993

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the African American Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1985-1993.

African American Oral History Project transcripts, case files, and other material, 1980-1995

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17
Scope and Contents Contains contracts from and contact information for participants in the African American Oral History Project, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews, and transcripts for those interviews. Topics covered in the oral histories include family life, conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dating and social experiences as a member, family life, acceptance by other members, feelings about the priesthood and the prior restrictions, and how life...

Alice M. Edwards Lindsay journal, 1932-1933

 Series
Identifier: MSS 5951 Series 2
Scope and Contents note One (1) journal, 1932 January 21-1933 January 16, documenting Alice Lindsay’s experiences visiting family members and caring for her children and husband. Also included separately in acid-free paper: Two (2) valentines to Emogene from Alice Tame, One (1) individual ward Roll Card belonging to Robert S. Lindsay, dated 1934, One (1) Visiting Teachers' Efficiency Report, belonging to Alice M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper clipping concerning the death of Sarah A. M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper...

Andrew Jackson Allen autobiography and diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3213
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typescript of an autobiography and diary. Allen writes about his youth in Kentucky and move to Missouri after he joined the Mormon Church. He later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and joined the Mormon exodus to Utah in 1847. He tells about the hardships of early settlement in Salt Lake City, Utah. His diary starts in 1857. It has many gaps and entries were often months apart. He writes about the "Utah War;" his work on the railroad in 1868 and 1869; his...

American Airpower Heritage Group Oral History Project transcript, 1992 January 2

 Series — Folder: MSS OH 2542
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 51
Scope and Contents Contains an oral history memoir of Richard "Dick" Hundley of the American Airpower Heritage Group of the Confederate Air Force Flying Museum. Dated 2 January 1992.