This profile was last updated in 2003
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has a long history in Arizona and in the Valley. The East Valley city of Mesa was established by LDS missionaries in 1883, and a major early temple was dedicated there in 1927. Mesa, the third largest city in the state, has a population estimated to be 12 to 14% LDS. Large numbers of LDS members and churches exist throughout Valley communities, and are growing at a significant rate.
Activities and Schedule
Sunday Services at the church include morning services, a 12 p.m. Sacrament Meeting, 1 p.m. Sunday School, and meetings of the Priesthood/Relief Society from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Some Sundays are Fasting and Testimony Sundays, during which members may volunteer to share their individual spiritual experiences from the podium. Other activities include evening weekly meetings for youth fellowship and singles.
The make-up of the church reflects the explosive growth of the East Valley. The church membership is primarily Anglo-American, and includes a significant presence of Spanish-speakers. The community also incorporates a small number of Polynesian-American immigrants to the valley. The membership is roughly equal in numbers of women to men; as for as age it is mixed but dominated by families with young children.
The building is new, and in a well-landscaped garden setting. It has a steeple with no cross and a very large chapel to accommodate meetings and prayer. It includes several classrooms, kitchen facilities, and an indoor basketball court.