West Lafayette, just across the Wabash River, is home to Purdue University, which has a large impact on both communities.
LDS Members make up 1.07% of the population of Lafayette. The Indianapolis Indiana Temple is under construction making it the first temple in Indiana. In the state of Indiana there are 41,290 members in 11 stakes, 68 wards, 31 branches, and 1 mission.
Missionaries Samuel H. Smith and Reynolds Cahoon preached in the cities of Unionville, Madison and Vienna during the summer of 1831. Other missionaries came shortly thereafter, including Parley P. and Orson Pratt. The first branches were organized in September 1831, and the first conference was held on 29 November 1831. Many early saints were from Indiana, including Elder David W. Patten of the Quorum of the Twelve. The first stake in Indiana, the Indianapolis Stake, was organized by Elder Spencer W. Kimball of the Quorum of the Twelve on 17 May 1959. The Great Lakes Mission, created in 1949 from the Northern States Mission, was renamed the Indiana Indianapolis Mission in 1974.