Spotlight on historic sites: First baptisms held in River Ribble

In 1987, during the sesquicentennial of the Church in the British Isles, a marker along the banks of the River Ribble in Avenham Park in Preston, Lancashire, England, was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then first counselor in the First Presidency.

The marker noted that on June 30, 1837, the first converts were baptized only 11 days after the arrival of the first missionaries. After these nine converts were baptized a veritable harvest of converts followed.