Gainesville, Florida, is the proud home of the University of Florida Gators. The Gainesville MSA was ranked as the #1 place to live in North America in the 2007 and it was ranked as one of the “best places to live and play” in the United States by National Geographic Adventure.
LDS Members make up 1.10% of the population of Gainesville. In Florida, there are 136,549 members in 26 stakes, 184 wards, 50 branches, 5 missions, and 2 temple in Florida.
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.