Bath in Lennox & Addington Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
Early Latter-day Saints in Upper Canada
In June 1832 six Latter-day Saint missionaries entered Canada, preaching in Ernestown and Loughborough Townships. This group of missionaries included Phineas and Joseph Young, Eleazer Miller, Elial Strong, Enos Curtis, and a sixth man whose name is not known. During their six weeks of preaching they converted several families and formed, in Ernestown Township, the first branch of the Church outside the United States.
Other Latter-day Saint missionaries followed, and branches of the Church were soon organized in Sydenham and surrounding area. The Prophet Joseph Smith, first President of the Church, visited areas in Ontario to preach the gospel in 1833 and visited Canada again in 1837. Another missionary was
During the 1830s and 1840s many more missionaries came to Ontario. One who had outstanding success was John E. Page, who preached in various communities along the Rideau Canal and converted over 600 people between 1836 and 1838. Among those who heard Page preach was Ira Nathaniel Hinckley, whose grandson, Gordon B. Hinckley, later became the fifteenth President of the Church
The new faith was embraced by hundreds of Canadians in Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, Leeds and Grenville, and Lanark Counties as well as in the Toronto and Brantford areas. Many of these early converts left Canada to join the main body of the Church in the United States, but in the twentieth century, strong permanent congregations have become established here.
Erected 1997 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Location. 44° 10.23′ N, 76° 47.425′ W. Marker is in Bath, Ontario, in Lennox & Addington Counties. Marker can be reached from Loyalist Parkway (Bath Road) (Provincial Highway 33), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 697 Loyalist Parkway, Bath, Ontario K0H, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Steamship on Lake Ontario (a few steps from this marker); Escape of the Royal George 1812 (approx. 5.9 kilometers away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in a small lakeside park, southwest of the town of Bath, in the township of Loyalist.
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