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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:

Richard B. Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8430
Content Description Collection contains correspondence between Anderson and his parents as well as other family members. Other letters included are from various family members to other family members and document their lives at the time including school, work, family life, and missions. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles particularly related to Richard's parents (H. Duane and Leola Seely Anderson) and their service as mission president and matron in the French Mission, and a diary kept by his...

Shauna Christine Anderson Young research on Scandinavian missionaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370
Scope and Contents Contains files collected and created by Young while researching for the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894," which she co-authored with Susan Easton Black. Files consist primarily of biographical histories and genealogical information of the missionaries who were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia in the latter part of the 19th century. This information was sent to Young by descendants or other relatives of these missionaries...

Hyrum L. Andrus manuscript of Doctrines of the Kingdom

 File — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6126
Abstract Manuscript copy of Doctrines of the Kingdom by Hyrum Leslie Andrus, 1973.

Annie Wells Cannon and family papers, 1929-1963

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.

The Answer

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1195
Scope and Contents Carbon copy of a typewritten book draft. The date of the composition of the item is uncertain. Stock writes about arguments which support the divine authenticity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Anti-Mormon lecture notes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7918
Scope and Contents Contains two notebooks of notes given at Anti-Mormon lectures likely given in Lancaster, Ohio in 1918. Speakers included Arthur C. Latimer and a Mrs. Williams. The notes document public addresses by disaffected Mormons about polygamy, temple rites, and other aspects of Mormon life.

Apostles and temples from 1835 to 1886

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7404
Abstract Albumen photograph made by George Edward Anderson depicting all prophets and temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints up to 1886.

Arizona historian tells of early 'Mormon' settlement in that section : gives high praise to pioneers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 804
Scope and Contents Partial transcript of a speech given by McClintock at an LDS stake conference in Phoeniz, Arizona, February 6, [1920]. Reviews the role of the Mormon pioneers in settling Arizona and their accomplishments.

Arthur B. Cutler mission diary other material, 1912-1917

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains mission diary and papers of Arthur Cutler while he was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from October 17, 1912 to May 27, 1915. Includes a map of Japan, government documents, Cutler's mission call and minister's certificate, correspondence with Japanese friends, mission buddies, and his mission president, copies of talks, poetry, his mission release, travel meal cards and menus, passenger lists, telegrams and receipts, postcards, and a...

Arthur B. Cutler photograph album, 1912-1913

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Album of images of Japan, Cutler's arrival, baptisms, Japanese soldiers and dancers, Tokyo, missionaries, school children, homes, festivals and celebrations, silk factories, rice fields, Buddhist priests, etc. Box 3 contains originals of photos from box 2 (series 2-4).