Perhaps we’re not alone in this

October 29th, 2008, by Kent Larsen

I came across an interesting blog post this past week, some brief notes about the stay of Charles Henry Crow in New York City in 1856-1859. I’ve asked for further information from the author of the post, hoping that the information will give us further insight into what the Church was like in New York City while the Eastern States Mission was closed for a few years. The mission was reopened again in the early 1860s, and then closed for nearly 30 years until 1893.

Crow joined the LDS Church in England a few years before the Utah War, and emmigrated to the United States in 1856. He arrived in New York City just after the Church closed the mission and the missionaries returned to Utah.

But Crow’s account makes it clear that the branch of the Church here was still operating, despite the lack of missionaries. While Crow and his family lived in New York City, he was ordained an Elder and two children in his family were born.

The story also shows how ironic life an sometimes be. Crow found work in New York City at a saddle manufacturer. The company had a contract to make saddles for the U.S. Army, including for many of the soldiers being sent to Utah to fight the “rebellious” Mormons.

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