The Ventura Pier is a very prominent landmark on the Pacific Ocean.Ventura is often cited as a stand alone experience that epitomizes the California of days gone by, while simultaneously providing amenities found in much more urban settings. Ventura is just an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Ventura is located along the scenic southern-most part of California’s Central Coast.
LDS Members make up 2.48% of Ventura’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.