The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Mexico

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The Albuquerque New Mexico LDS Temple

As of year-end 2007, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) reported 63,987 members in 14 stakes,[1] 128 Congregations (89 wards[2] and 39 branches[2]), 1 mission, and 1 temple in New Mexico.[3]


Mormons first came to New Mexico in 1846. The LDS Church has traditionally had a strong presence in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico, settling the town of Kirtland and other surrounding areas. Mormons found converts among the Zuni Indians.[4]

Membership history[edit]

Year LDS Membership
1920 1,313
1930 2,096
1940 3,313
1950 5,557
1960 13,363
1970 21,873
1980 36,881
1990 48,000
1999 57,807
2008 64,872


On March 7, 1943, the Navajo-Zuni Mission was organized, and specialized with teaching Native Americans in their language. This was renamed the Southwest Indian Mission on January 1, 1949. It was renamed the New Mexico-Arizona Mission on October 10, 1972.

New Mexico became its own mission when the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission was organized on December 15, 1996. Stanley D. Robers was president at the time of organization.[5]


On March 5, 2000 the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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73. Albuquerque New Mexico Temple edit


Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
April 4, 1997
March 5, 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
34,245 sq ft (3,181 m2) on a 8.5 acre (3.4 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Fanning Bard & Tatum


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Mexico Stakes.LDS Stake & Ward Web Sites. List of Stakes in New Mexico.
  2. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  3. ^ "LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "USA-New Mexico". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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Coordinates: 35°6′1.3″N 106°34′48.9″W / 35.100361°N 106.580250°W / 35.100361; -106.580250