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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



  • 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.


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:

Brigham Young letter to David Evans

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 692
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter addressed to David Evans, a bishop in Lehi, Utah, dated March 2, 1866. The letter instructs Evans not to collect tithing from Thomas Taylor, a merchant heavily in debt from service to the poor. Only the signature on the letter is in Young's handwriting.

Brigham Young letter to Eliza Cooper

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 613
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter dated 9 March 1877 and addressed to Eliza Cooper of Monroe, Utah. The item was composed in St. George, Utah. Young responds to a number of questions dealing with clothing to be worn in LDS temples, how the bodies of dead children are to be dressed, to whom the children belong when their mother has been sealed to two men, what women should do when they have a husband that is not strong in the faith, and the veracity of being married outside of a...

Brigham Young letter to Frank Fuller

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 727
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter dated March 30, 1863 and addressed to the Honorable Frank Fuller. The item is a response to criticism leveled against Brigham Young for using rough language in a large meeting.

Brigham Young letter to George Reynolds

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 208
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter in pencil, dated 5 Nov. 1876, and addressed to George Reynolds, an apostle in the Mormon Church. Young writes from Beaver, Utah, about business matters.

Brigham Young letter to John R. Young

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 780
Scope and Contents Material contains a handwritten and signed letter dated March 1, 1857 addressed to John R. Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young encourages John, his nephew, and his fellow missionaries for the Mormon Church in Hawaii by making comparisons between the "quiet and purity that prevail in Utah" and the "gross darkness" that covers the other people of the Earth. He comments on the missionary work of the Mormon Church in China and shares news of that...

Brigham Young letter to Samuel W. Richards

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 779
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter dated 27 Feb. 1853 and addressed to Samuel W. Richards in Liverpool, England. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Young reports on the condition of Utah at the end of a severe winter during which the Utahns received no mail from outside the territory. Young also writes about the sugar industry in Utah, the progress on buildings and machinery of the Deseret Manufacturing Company, the excavations on the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple, the activities...

Brigham Young letters

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 409
Scope and Contents Includes sixteen handwritten and signed letters addressed to officials of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, including Thomas Clark Durant, C. L. Frost, and S. B Reed. Young writes about his role as a contractor for the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad through Utah. Photocopies of items also included in collection.

Brigham Young letters to John W. Young

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 209
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letters, dated 17 and 23 Dec. 1876, and addressed to John Willard Young, one of Brigham Young's sons and a future apostle in the Mormon Church. Brigham Young writes about personal matters and urges John to return to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brigham Young letters to Thomas L. Kane

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4096
Scope and Contents Letters were handwritten by Brigham Young to Thomas L. Kane on October 30, 1854. In the letters Young asks Kane to serve as Utah's territorial delegate to Congress. The two letters are identical and were sent separately to ensure delivery. Collection also includes photocopies of the letters.

Photographs and negatives of Brigham Young

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 423
Scope and Contents Collection includes 37 photographs and 24 negatives with images of Brigham Young, his family, and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photographs were originally taken between the 1850s and the 1900s.