Nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains; Arkansas’s second largest city, Fort Smith, rests gently on the banks of the Arkansas River. Fort Smith combines the history of the “Old West” with the gentle charm of the antebellum “Old South.”
LDS Members make up 1.48% of the population in Fort Smith. The state of Arkansas has 27,559 members, 5 stakes ,35 wards and 27 branches, and 1 mission.
Elders Wilford Woodruff and Henry Brown arrived as missionaries in Bentonville on January 28, 1835. Woodruff’s teachings led to the baptism of a Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hubbel, the first converts in Arkansas, on 22 February 1835. The year 1857 marked a tragic era in Church history in Arkansas. Elder Parley P. Pratt was murdered on May 13, 1857 near Alma, Arkansas.