San Rafael is a city that has the best of both worlds: an expansive California setting and all the amenities of an urban center. San Rafael is the county seat, the largest and oldest city of Marin County. This beautiful city is situated in the grand North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
LDS Members make up 0.97% of the population in San Rafael. 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.