Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a popular landmark by San Mateo. San Mateo, Spanish for “Saint Matthew” is located in the high-tech enclave of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. Famous Silicon Valley businesses that call this area home include Facebook, Oracle, LinkedIn and Electronic Arts. Sunset Magazine, offering self-tours of its gorgeous gardens, is also headquartered here.
LDS Members make up 1.87% of the population in San Mateo. 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.
Latter-day Saints have played important roles in California History. A group of a few hundred LDS converts from the Northeastern United States and Europe arrived at what would become San Francisco in the 1840s aboard the ship Brooklyn, more than doubling the population of the small town. The Pleasanton LDS Stake, 675th stake of the LDS Church, was created on 8 Dec 1974 with Dale Edwin Nielsen as first stake president.