Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the “Venice of America” because of its expansive and intricate canal system. Located on the Atlantic coast, the city is a popular tourist destination because of the warm weather and beautiful beaches.
LDS Members make up 0.48% of the population in Fort Lauderdale. The state of Florida has 136,549 members in 26 stakes, 184 wards, 50 branches, 5 missions, and 1 temple in Florida. A new temple is being built in Davie, Florida due to be completed in 2014.
Between April and June 1854, Phineas Young visited the Indian chiefs in Florida and distributed copies of the Book of Mormon. Missionaries began preaching in Pensacola in January 1895 and started a number of Sunday Schools. In 1906, Charles A. Callis became president of the Florida Conference. That same year, a meetinghouse was dedicated in Jacksonville. The first stake in Florida and in the South was created in Jacksonville on January 19, 1947, by Charles A. Callis of the Quorum of the Twelve.