Valparaiso, IN

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Valparaiso, Indiana

It is a part of the “Crossroads of America” due to its proximity to I-65, I-80, I-90, and I-94. Valparaiso University, which earns high marks for quality and which has made its mark in athletics, also is home to the renowned Chapel of the Resurrection. The university also welcomes the community and visitors to enjoy its renowned Brauer Museum of Art and a full schedule of events like the annual Jazz Fest, dance performances, plays and concerts like the annual Christmas shows in the chapel.

LDS Population

LDS Members make up 0.86% of the population of Valparaiso. The Indianapolis Indiana Temple is underconstruction 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.

LDS History

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.

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When it comes to arts, cuisine, entertainment and shopping, Valparaiso is the hottest spot in Porter County. After all, it’s home to a world-renowned university that attracts students from all over the world, bringing a youthfulness and diversity to its nearly 200-year-old streets.

Valparaiso News


About 31,730 people call Valparaiso home. Established as Portersville, it was renamed to Valparaiso, meaning “Valley of Paradise” in Spanish in 1837 after Valparaíso, Chile. The county’s namesake David Porter battled in the Battle of Valparaiso during the War of 1812.