An hour north of Los Angeles, away from traffic and smog, Lancaster boasts blue skies and four seasons of natural beauty. Located in Southern California’s High Desert region, the City of Lancaster keeps visitors warm and active during the day and cool and relaxed at night. Beyond the breathtaking desert scenery of scattered Joshua Trees and fields of Poppies, Lancaster offers countless parks and recreational facilities to enhance its family-oriented community focus.
LDS Members make up 1.54% of Lancaster’s population. The state of California has the largest LDS 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.
LDS pioneers traveled from New York City on February 4th, 1846 on the ship The Brooklyn and arrived in Yerba Buena, now San Francisco, on July 31, 1846. The pioneers were led by Samuel Brannan who published San Francisco’s first newspaper, “The California Star”, on January 9th, 1847. Brannan helped spark the gold rush by sending copies of “The California Star” with news of gold at Sutter’s Mill back east. Meanwhile, a group of roughly 500 other LDS Members marched to San Diego in the Mormon Battalion in defense of the U.S. Mexican War.