During most of the 1830's, the Church was headquartered at Kirtland, Ohio. The thrust of her missionary effort toward the populous east came from that center. The impact of that proselyting work on Ohio's neighboring state, Pennsylvania, is the subject of this thesis. This study is concerned with the background and history of the missionary work in Pennsylvania as a part of the greater history of the Church in the 1830's. This thesis is also concerned with the results of that missionary work. Pennsylvania provided missionaries to teach in New York, New England, Canada and elsewhere and laid the foundation in Philadelphia for the missionary work along the east coast. Some of her native sons were the converts who settled in Missouri and joined in the march of Zion's Camp. The impact of the Church in an area so close to Kirtland is interesting to observe. Over fifty missionaries taught thousands and recorded the baptisms of over eight hundred souls during the decade. Converts from the state include Edward Hunter and Jedediah M. Grant. Pennsylvania missionaries counted Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball among their baptisms.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Curtis, V. Alan, "Missionary Activities and Church Organizations in Pennsylvania, 1830-1840" (1976). Theses and Dissertations. 4631.
Mormon Church, Missions, Pennsylvania, History