Located between Pensacola and Panama City along North Florida’s glittering Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach offers visitors its powdery white beaches, emerald waters, enjoyable golf courses, and much more.
LDS Members make up 1.97% of Fort Walton Beach’s population. In Alabama there are 34,725 members, 6 stakes, 42 wards, 33 branches, 1 mission, and 1 temple.
Concerted missionary efforts in Alabama started around 1842-1843 in Alabama with the work of Elders James Brown and John U. Eldridge. Persecution was widespread in the 1880s with some even asking Alabama’s governor to force the missionaries from the state. This subsided somewhat by 1894. A Sunday School was organized in Montgomery on August 22, 1911. Many of these early converts were baptized in the Alabama River. The LDS Church began to grow more rapidly in Alabama following World War II. Alabama’s first stake was created in Huntsville in 1968.