The Church in USA—New York
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“The Church in USA—New York,” New Era, July 2010, 37

The Church in USA—New York

The Church was organized April 6, 1830, in Fayette, New York, with 50 people and 6 official members present. In one year’s time, membership more than doubled. In July 1840, the first group of new converts from Liverpool, England, arrived in New York aboard the ship Britannia.

To commemorate the early events of Church organization, an annual pageant, “America’s Witness for Christ” (also known as “Hill Cumorah Pageant”), began in 1928. The Hill Cumorah Pageant attracts as many as 100,000 people to New York during its seven-night run.

On April 6, 2000, 170 years after the Church was organized, the Palmyra New York Temple was dedicated. The temple overlooks the Sacred Grove and other historic sites. The first temple in New York City, the Manhattan New York Temple, was dedicated in 2004.

Here are a few facts about the Church today in New York:

Membership

75,852

Missions

4

Temples

2

Wards & Branches

151

Family History Centers

50