Nestled in the southern Central Valley of California, Bakersfield’s close proximity to mountain passes has made the city a transportation hub.
LDS Members make up 2.55% of Bakersfield’s population. The state of California has the largest Mormon population outside of Utah. California has 768,344 members in 1,348 wards and branches, 16 missions, and 7 temples and 189 Family History Centers.
The land boom of the 1920s attracted many members to California. Today, along with seven temples, California has more missions than any other state.The California Bakersfield Mission was just formed in July 2013.