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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:

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss family papers, 1915-2004

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 2
Scope and Contents Correspondence, scrapbooks, and other materials from the individual lives of Audra and Joel Moss as well as a collection of their correspondence and travel together. Much of the correspondence is with family and friends of the Moss's.

Audra Call and J. Joel Moss publications, 1943-2003

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Publications and other materials on various topics created by Audra and Joel Moss. Also a collection of Relief Society materials, television series transcripts and other materials assembled by Audra and Joel Moss.

Audra Call Moss diaries, scrapbooks, and correspondence, 1939-2004

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Journals, correspondence, and scrapbooks created by Audra Moss. The scrapbooks are about her life, performances, travel and other topics.

Audra Call Moss scrapbooks, trainings and other material, 1942-1992

 Sub-Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 9-16
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Scrapbooks and other materials assembled by Audra Moss relating to various topics for purposes such as trainings, family and drama classes.

Audra Call Moss writings, circa 1970-1989

 Sub-Series — Carton: 6, Folder: 1-6
Identifier: MSS 3789 Series 1 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Publications, writings and other material on various topics created by Audra Moss.

Autobiographies of Alma W. King and Lucille Olson King

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2991
Scope and Contents Autobiography of Alma King contains memories of his childhood near Garland, Utah; church service, including a Latter-day Saint Mission to the Hawaiian Islands, 1923-1926; attendance at BYU, 1926-1930 and 1933-1936, and the University of Chicago, 1939-1940; teaching LDS seminary at Bear River High School, 1930-1956; marriage; travels; and employment in the Dean of Students office at BYU, 1956-1972. Autobiography of Lucille King contains memories of her childhood in Provo, Utah; attendance at...

Joseph Young and Seymour B. Young papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 513
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography and an account of Joseph Young's death and funeral by his son, Seymour B. Young. Joseph writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and comments on various doctrines of that faith.

Autobiography and biography of Thomas Jarvis Yates

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6831
Abstract A photocopy of a family history and autograph book of Thomas Jarvis Yates and his descendants, 1987.

Autobiography of Elder James Ferguson Bell, including a history of the Malta Mission

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7528
Scope and Contents Typescript copy of the original autobiography by Bell, describing his life between April 1827 to March 1855. The document also contains information about the work of Bell during his presidency in the Malta Mission from 1853 to 1855. Original document was written in Pitman shorthand. The transcription is dated November 1998.

Robert Aveson newspaper clippings

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1034
Scope and Contents Photocopies of newspaper clippings probably taken from the "Deseret News." Some of the materials were written or edited by Aveson. They deal with a wide range of subjects relating to Utah and Mormon Church history.