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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 2385 Collections and/or Records:

Bahamas History Project sound recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7608
Content Description Contains 55 audiocassettes and 14 compact discs with preservation copies of each disc accompanying containing oral histories or interviews of Mormons in the Bahamas. The materials document the early growth and development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the region. The tapes date 1999-2007, with the bulk of the recordings from 1999.

Baker church history slides

 File — item: 1
Identifier: MSS P 767
Scope and Contents Baker church history slides, circa 1960s collection contains 224 34mm slides of church history, people, and sites. There are slides of homes and historic sites as well as slides of museum exhibits, paintings, and photographs.

Ballard family photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS P 40
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs of Melvin J. Ballard, his family, and associates.

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.

Jesse O. Ballenger letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 795
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typescripts of four letters by Ballenger, three addressed to President Brigham Young and one to Apostle John Taylor outlining conditions in the settlement at Sunset Crossing, Arizona. Content includes relationship with local Native American tribes. Dated 1876-1877.

Clarence Marcellus Barker papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2057
Scope and Contents Includes journals, notebooks, an autograph album, letters, and articles relating to his mission in Australia. Five journals document his missionary activities in Sidney, Tasmania, Adelaide, and Perth, including encounters with RLDS missionaries. Notebooks contain a statistical record of his missionary activities, and missionary references, including notes on polygamy and on the RLDS Church. Autograph album contains messages from missionaries, Church members, and other friends in Australia....

Harold S. Barnes journals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8672
Scope and Contents Four journals written by Harold S. Barnes during his time as a missionary in the Eastern States Mission. Materials date from 1914-1917.

Gwynn W. Barrett collection on Hawaii

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 683
Scope and Contents Typewritten theses by Jason Horn, Gwynn Barrett, and Esther Leonore Sousa relating to Mormons in Hawaii. Other materials include the papers of Walter Murry Gibson, an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii and Polynesia.

Ivan J. Barrett audio recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2197
Abstract Recordings of LDS Sunday School lessons and other presentations by Barrett on several topics including Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, the Doctrine and Covenants, LDS Church history, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon. Presentations were recorded by D. Clayton Bishop, friend to Barrett and fellow member of the Orem 13th Ward, Orem Utah Sharon Stake. Also includes videocassette of a musical performance by Barrett and members of his family, 1989; plus handouts entitled, "The...

Ivan J. Barrett diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1757
Scope and Contents Ten handwritten diaries with photocopies of the items, a draft of the book "The Story of the Mormons in the Holy Land," newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items. Barrett kept his diary while serving on a mission for the Mormon Church with his wife in Israel. He writes about the tedium of day-to-day work, consultations with prominent Israelis, diplomatic visits of foreign dignitaries, and meetings with various General Authoriities of the Mormon Church. He also includes copies of letters...