United States of America



One of original thirteen colonies that formed U.S. Capital city, Boston. Colonized by English religious dissenters, 1620s. Population in 1830 about 610,000. Population in 1840 about 738,000. Joseph Smith Sr. born in Massachusetts. Samuel Smith and Orson Hyde served missions to Massachusetts, June 1832, and organized two small branches. JS visited state several times. Boston and Salem areas were sites of many LDS church activities. Some members of Quorum of the Twelve conducted conference in Massachusetts, Sept. 1841. JS dictated revelation in state, 6 Aug. 1836. Brigham Young arrived in state, by Aug. 1836, and baptized many people, including extended family members. By 1843, Massachusetts had at least fourteen branches of LDS church.