The Church in USA—Maine
March 2010

“The Church in USA—Maine,” New Era, Mar. 2010, 35

The Church in USA—Maine

Arriving by canoe, missionaries for the Church crossed the Piscataqua River to Maine in 1832. They searched door to door for people to teach and started a congregation in Saco, York County. More missionaries arrived, and one mass conversion brought 30 individuals into the Church. In 1835, Maine had nearly 320 members. Church activity slowed in Maine after most members joined the mass exodus west to escape persecution.

In 1904 missionary efforts resumed, with Sunday School meetings held in converts’ homes. The first Church building was dedicated in 1957 in Portland, Maine. Members in this area attend the Boston Massachusetts Temple.

Here are a few facts about the Church today in Maine:



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