Having an infectious, upbeat mood, Tampa is the business hub of the west coast. As one of the major beneficiaries of the flood of people and money into Florida, Tampa boasts an impressive cultural infrastructure envied by many larger rivals. Along with beautiful beaches, St. Petersburg attracts visitors with the Salvador Dali Museum, Fort De Soto Park and the St. Petersburg Pier. The city, which glimmers between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is known for its warm weather and delightful breezes.
LDS Members make up 0.67% of the population in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. 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.