The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho

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The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple as seen from an overlook

As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 414,182 members in 121 stakes,[1] 1,077 congregations (979 wards[2] and 98 branches[2]), four missions, and four temples in Idaho, with a fifth announced.[3] Rexburg, Idaho is home to Brigham Young University–Idaho, previously known as Ricks College.

Idaho has the third most Mormons of any U.S. state (after Utah and California), and the second-highest percentage of Mormons (after Utah). Mormonism is strongest in Eastern Idaho.


A brief history can be found at LDS Newsroom (Idaho) or Deseret News 2010 Church Almanac (Idaho)

Membership history[edit]

Year Membership
1900 29,421
1920 77,900
1930 87,100
1940 105,200
1950 137,250
1960 168,900
1970 183,400
1980 272,670
1990 296,782
1999 343,489
2008 406,764
2012 417,002


Mission Organized
Idaho Boise Mission July 1, 1974
Idaho Nampa Mission July 1, 2013
Idaho Pocatello Mission July 1, 1991
Idaho Twin Falls Mission* July 1, 2013
Idaho Idaho Falls Mission July 1, 2016
  • In 2016, all of the four missions in the state of Idaho had drastic changes made to their boundaries.[4] Before the boundary changes the four missions were as listed. The Boise, Nampa, Pocatello, and Twin Falls Missions. As a result of the boundary changes the Twin Falls Mission was renamed to the Idaho Falls Mission. The Boise Mission was effectively cut in half the stakes in Eagle, Star, and Meridian Idaho were transferred over to the Nampa Mission. The Boise mission lost a lot of territory on the west, but gained much more on the east by taking in the stakes that cover the Twin Falls, Burley and Rupert regions. The Nampa Mission didn’t lose any ground, but gained a lot from the Boise Mission. And now the Meridian temple ( expected to be finished in November of 2017) will be within their mission boundaries. The Twin Falls Mission no longer exists. The Twin Falls, Rupert, and Burley regions were taken into the Boise Mission, and the North east regions near Salmon Idaho were taken into the new Idaho Falls Mission. The new Idaho Falls mission will be headquartered in Idaho Falls. It will take in the Salmon region of the old Twin Falls mission, and take in the Rexburg and Idaho Falls regions of the Pocatello Mission. The Pocatello Mission was basically cut in half. The Rexburg, and Idaho Falls regions  were taking into the new Idaho Falls mission.[5] The changes were made in an attempt to make it easier for the full time missionaries to work effectively with local church members. These changes were made of July 1, 2016.[4]


Idaho currently has 4 temples in operation. On April 2, 2011, the Meridian Idaho Temple was announced

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8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple edit


Idaho Falls, Idaho, US
3 March 1937
23 September 1945 by George Albert Smith
4 June 2017 by Henry B. Eyring
92,177 sq ft (8,564 m2) and 143 ft (44 m) high on a 7 acre (2.8 ha) site
Modern, center spire - designed by John Fetzer, Sr.

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27. Boise Idaho Temple edit


Boise, Idaho, US
31 March 1982
25 May 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley
18 November 2012 by Thomas S. Monson
35,868 sq ft (3,332 m2) and 112 ft (34 m) high on a 4.83 acre (2 ha) site
Modern adaptation of six-spire design - designed by Church A&E Services
The rededication in 1987 was for an addition only. The Boise Idaho Temple was closed for additional renovations in July 2011 and rededicated in November 2012.[6]

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125. Rexburg Idaho Temple edit


Rexburg, Idaho, United States
20 December 2003
10 February 2008 by Thomas S. Monson
57,504 sq ft (5,342 m2) and 169 ft (52 m) high on a 10 acre (4 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire - designed by Architectural Nexus; Bob Petroff
First temple dedicated by Thomas Monson as President of the Church

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128. Twin Falls Idaho Temple edit


Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
2 October 2004
24 August 2008 by Thomas S. Monson
29,679 sq ft (2,757 m2) and 159 ft (48 m) high on a 9.1 acre (3.7 ha) site
Fourth temple dedicated in Idaho and, during 2008, the second temple dedicated in Idaho that year.

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158. Meridian Idaho Temple (Dedication scheduled) edit

Open House:

Meridian, Idaho, United States
2 April 2011
23 August 2014 by David A. Bednar
21 October – 11 November 2017
scheduled for 19 November 2017
65,960 sq ft (6,128 m2) on a 12.21 acre (4.9 ha) site
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on 2 April 2011[7]

181. Pocatello Idaho (Announced) edit


Pocatello, Idaho
2 April 2017
Announced by Thomas S. Monson on 2 April 2017[8]


Latter-day Saints have had a significant role in establishing and settling communities within the "Mormon Corridor", including the following in Idaho:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Idaho Stakes.LDS Stake & Ward Web Sites. List of Stakes in Idaho.
  2. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  3. ^ LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)
  4. ^ a b "Church Announces Realignment of Mission Boundaries in Idaho - Church News and Events". Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  5. ^ "All Missions". Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Boise Temple To Be Closed For Renovation", Newsroom (Press release), LDS Church, 20 May 2011, retrieved October 26, 2012 .
  7. ^ "Church Announces New Temples in Canada, Colorado and Idaho", (News Release), LDS Church, April 2, 2011, retrieved 2015-01-05 
  8. ^ "President Monson Announces Five New Temples: Mormon temples to be built in South America, Africa, Philippines and US". Newsroom. LDS Church. 2017-04-02. 

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