Melbourne was named Melbourne in honor of its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, an Englishman who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia. Set beside the Indian River Lagoon along Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne offers beaches, fishing, golf, snorkeling and many other outdoor activities.
LDS Members make up 0.97% of the population of Melbourne. In Florida, there are 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.