Palm Springs is an oasis in a hilly desert landscape. The city is just over 100 miles east of Los Angeles and has been a resort destination since the late 19th century. After World War II Palm Springs became a hotbed of mid-century modern architecture and design. Palm Springs continues to grow and develop, but remains a place to relax and rejuvenate.
LDS Members make up 2.39% of the 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.
The Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in United States military history, and it served from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War. The battalion was a volunteer unit of between 534 and 559 Latter-day Saints men led by LDS company officers, commanded by regular US army officers. During its service, the battalion made a grueling march nearly 2,000 miles long from Council Bluffs, Iowa, through the Palm Springs area to San Diego.