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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 40 Collections and/or Records:

George Washington Bean journal

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3860
Scope and Contents Journal contains entries by George Washington Bean from about 1855 to 1878 and includes a short autobiography, transaction records from his business dealings, and personal and family experiences.

Ezra Taft Benson receipt

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1269
Scope and Contents Handwritten per diem receipt dated 24 January 1853 and signed by Ezra Taft Benson (1811-1869). The receipt acknowledges payment of $120.00 from Benjamin G. Ferris, secretary of the treasury, Utah Territory, for service at the 1852-1853 Legislative Assembly.

Thomas Walter Brookbank reminiscences

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 799
Scope and Contents Consists of three separate manuscripts: "Religious Experiences of Thomas Walter Brookbank," "Travels and Threads of Experience," and "A Soldier's Recollections." These autobiographies recount the author's early life and conversion to Mormonism, his experiences in the Civil War (1861-1865), life in Utah and the Mormon settlements in eastern Arizona, and missionary activities in New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and Great Britain.

William Butler autobiographies and letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 863
Scope and Contents This collection consists of autobiographies and personal letters. Included are four personal histories of varying lengths. Butler described his visions, business matters, family relationships, church assignments, missions served, and recounted many colorful experiences including hunting down and killing the murderer of one of his children. The letters were written by William Butler and his first wife, Emma Harvey, to their Henry Harvey Butler in 1891-2 while Henry was serving on a mission to...

Abraham H. Cannon diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 62
Scope and Contents Cannon details his daily life, including family, church, and business affairs; frequent attendance at the theatre in Salt Lake City; and incarceration for practicing plural marriage, 1886. Diaries are handwritten, 1879-1891, and typed, 1892-1895.

George Q. Cannon family correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7426
Overview Collection is comprised of letters, most of them written by George Q. Cannon during his time of service as a Utah Territory delegate to the United States House of Representatives. The remainder of the letters were written by a variety of family members and friends to Martha Telle Cannon. The bulk of the letters were written between 1872 and 1882.

Description of experiences had in crossing the plains and mountains in the spring of 1863, settling in the eastern and unorganized portion of Idaho territory, and experiences had in that country in 1863-4

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 492
Scope and Contents Walker's party left West Point, Iowa, on 8 April 1863, destined for California. They traveled by steamboat and rail to Atchison, Kansas, and from there "in one of Ben Hollidays stage coaches" to Fremont's Orchard. They encountered about sixty Indians. They arrived safely in Denver. Walker went with a wagon train for some "diggings discovered about five hundred miles north of Salt Lake City." They passed a group of Mormons heading back east who told Walker: "We are Mormons: but we are not...

E. Kent Kane papers on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1901-1959

 Sub-Series — Box: 49
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 9 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains addresses, manuscripts, and other materials related to Kane's travels to Utah in 1949 and 1957. Includes information on his interactions with Church leaders, and his views on his grandfather, Thomas L. Kane. Materials date from between 1901 and 1959.

Escheatment summons, Historian's Office and Gardo House

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 296
Scope and Contents William Preston's carbon copy of the original summons sent to Preston, Robert T. Burton and John C. Winder as the Presiding Bishopric of the Latter-day Saint Church from the Third District Court of Salt Lake County, 1886, November 5.

From the halls of memory

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 798
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Author discusses his family's British roots; their acceptance of Mormonism while living in Birmingham, England, and their immigration to the United States. Tolton also describes his experiences during the Black Hawk War (Utah) and frontier life in Utah. His account goes into great detail about his involvement in territorial and state politics, his business ventures, family life, and his mission to Great Britain for the Mormon Church.