New Haven is the home of the Ivy League school Yale University. The university is an integral part of the city’s economy, being New Haven’s biggest taxpayer and employer. New Haven had the first public tree planting program in America, producing a canopy of mature trees (including some large elms) that gave New Haven the nickname “The Elm City”.
LDS Members make up 0.35% of the population of New Haven, CT. The Hartford Connecticut Temple Site is being cleared; temple footprint staked; anticipated in late 2015–early 2016 (awaiting official announcement). The state of Connecticut has 14,990 members in 4 stakes, 27 wards and 5 branches, and 1 mission in Connecticut.
Missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Connecticut began in 1832, with few converts. In 1838, Wilford Woodruff, future Church President, preached in his hometown of Farmington, Connecticut. He arranged to have a meeting with his family of nonmembers. Afterward, Woodruff baptized his father, stepmother, sister, and three others. A small congregation was organized in Farmington thereafter.