Dr. John Sabean - President of the Pickering Historical Society
Topic: "Mormon Missionaries, 1835"
Preachers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) came to the Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa area in 1835. Over the next few years they converted quite a few families to their faith. By 1838 most of the converts had left Upper Canada to join the Mormon westward migration. While the episode was brief the impact of the missionaries on both this area and on the future of the Mormon church was well out of proportion to the time spent here. [more...]