History of the New York New York North Mission.
The Eastern States Mission was first organized on May 6, 1839, as the second mission of the church to be established. The following are excerpts from the journal of Parley P. Pratt written shortly before the Mission was organized.
"Late in July (1837), I arrived in the city of New York on my mission, where I commenced to preach and write. My first production while I was on my mission was a book that was approximately two hundred pages. i named the book the "Voice of Warning". The first edition of this book consisted of approximately four thousand copies. Many affiliate their conversion to the reading of that book.
Of all the places in which the English language is spoken, I found the city of New York to be a laborious place to access the mind or the attention of the people. From July to January we preached, advertised, printed, published, testified, visited, talked and prayed in apparent vain. To all appearance there was no interest or impression on the minds of the people in regard to the fullness of the gospel. We hired chapels and advertised, but the people would not hear. So we felt as though we had spent our money, time and effort in vain.
One late evening, as I was preparing to take leave for New Orleans, I decided to hold one more prayer meeting before my departure. We went upstairs to our private room and there with out congregation (as small as it may have been) we commenced to have our service. I recall that during the meeting, the Spirit was exceedingly strong. We all felt the presence of the holy Spirit. Many marvelous things were manifested to me, some of which I cannot write.
The Lord had heard our prayers, beheld our labors and was much pleased. The Spirit manifested unto me that I was not to depart as of yet. The Lord gave unto me a revelation concerning the missionary work and concerning the people of this area. The Lord had many people in this area and through the Holy Spirit He would gather them into his fold. The people would have dreams and visions concerning us and the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Because of our labors and diligence in serving the Lord I knew there would be more doors opened to us and more people to teach than we could handle.
The next day as we began our labors, we met a man and we commenced teaching him. As we taught the Lord touched his heart and he knew what we were teaching was true. He asked us where our meeting house was. We showed the placed where our meeting house was. We showed the place to him and he stated 'this is no place to have a church meeting' and he arranged for us to use a big auditorium and fitted it with chairs. As we began our meeting in the building, people began to fill in to hear our preaching and the room began to be very crowded. After the meeting, a man from another religious sect had heard our preaching and asked us to come and preach at his home. While preaching there, a lady solicited me to preach in her home. She said, "I had a dream of you and your new church the other night and I know who and what you represent, to be truth".
It had only been three weeks from the time of that memorable meeting in our private room until now and we have over fifteen different teaching places all of which were filled to overflowing. We preached approximately eleven times a week plus we were able to visit and preach from house to house. We soon commenced baptizing and we continued doing so almost daily during the late winter and spring months. As we continued to preach and teach, branched of the church were formed in New Jersey, Brooklyn and throughout various parts of Long Island. There was even a branch formed in Massachusetts."
In the year 1948 the Eastern States Mission consisted of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia. Since that time many changes have been made in the boundaries of the mission.
During the year 1974 the name of the mission was changed from Eastern States Mission to New York New York Mission. At that time the mission included the following area: New York State as far north as Poughkeepsie, the entire State of Connecticut and a small part of Massachusetts as well as part of New Jersey and the entire island of Bermuda.
In the year 1976 the mission boundaries were once again changed deleting Massachusetts and all of the state of Connecticut with the exception of Fairfield County.
During the year of 1987, the growth of the Church made a further change in boundaries advisable and the New Jersey Morristown Mission was created leaving the Mission with the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island), Long Island, New York State north to Poughkeepsie, a portion of Connecticut and the Island of Bermuda. Within the boundaries of the mission there were three stakes and two mission districts, namely, New York New York Stake, Planview Stake, Yorktown Stake, Queens Mission District, and the Brooklyn Mission District.
On July 1, 1993 the New York New York Mission was again divided into the New York New York North and the New York New York South Mission. The New York New York North Mission included the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, New York State north to include Poughkeepsie and a portion of southwest Connecticut. Within the boundaries of this mission are two stakes (New York New York Stake and the Yorktown Stake). The mission has some 6.5 million people within its boundaries and about 6500 members of the church in 23 ward/branch units.