Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University and is a regional center for manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, education, and trade. The Jonesboro area was first inhabited by Indian tribes which included the Osage, the Caddo, and the Quapaw. The name of the state of Arkansas actually comes from the Quapaw language.
LDS Members make up 1.1% of the population of Jonesboro. 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.