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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 2387 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur B. Cutler snapshots, 1913-1914

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains 137 images of Japanese people (interacting with missionaries, in daily life, in cultural activities, etc.), Cutler and other missionaries, the country itself, major cities, marketplaces and landmarks, and the mission presidency.

Arthur B. Cutler studio portraits, 1913-1915

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains 21 studio portraits of Cutler, his Japanese friends and mission buddies, and his mission president and wife.

Chester Alan Arthur pardon

 File — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2036
Scope and Contents Handwritten pardon issued by the office of the president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) and signed by him. The item pardons John J. Kelly of Utah for crimes of "bigamy or polygamy and unlawful cohabitation."

Lorraine Morton Ashton collection on Ermel J. Morton

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6273
Scope and Contents Collection consists of papers relating to the dictionary Ermel J. Morton, a Mormon missionary who went to Tonga, created from English to Tongan and Tongan to English, his accounts of his mission and translating the Book of Mormon, a history of his wife, a catalog of his materials from home, a typed copy of the talks at his funeral and a Tongan grammar book. There is also a book written about the time the family spent in Tonga.

Wendell J. Ashton collection on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 150th Anniversary in England

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6222
Abstract The collection consists of speeches made by President Ronald Reagan, Gordon B. Hinckley, Ezra Taft Benson and Sir Rhodes Boyson at the celebratory 150th anniversary dinner of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. It also includes letters by David Whittaker to the donor Wendell J. Ashton.

William Frank Atkin papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 341
Scope and Contents Correspondence, diaries, and a biography. The diaries relate to Atkin's missions to New Zealand from 1903 to 1906 and from 1916 to 1918. The correspondence is from family members and friends and largely relates to family matters and to Atkin's missionary activities. The biography is a history of Atkin's father, Thomas Atkin (1833-1919), who was a Mormon pioneer that was active in Tooele County politics. The biography also includes information about the Mormon response to the Utah Expedition...

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss collection on child development and marriage classes, 1954-1984

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Scrapbooks, lesson materials, and other materials relating to child development and marriage classes.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss collection on workshops and teaching material, 1942-2003

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Various materials relating to the professional lives of Audra and Joel Moss, mostly relating to family science topics. Includes lessons, speeches, scrapbooks and other materials relating to classes, workshops, and other seminars taught by Audra and Joel Moss.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss correspondence, scrapbooks, and other material, 1948-2001

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Audra and Joel Moss's correspondence with family, friends and Chinese students, As well as scrapbooks from world travels and other materials.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss educational papers, 1942-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1
Scope and Contents Publications, collections, and other materials from Audra and Joel Moss's work as educators. Included are many materials relating to classes and workshops taught by Audra and Joel as well as many of their published works.