Olathe, Kansas is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. The city is ranked #11 on the list of “100 Best Places to Live in the United States.” Olathe has become a popular area for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding.
LDS Members make up .06% of the population of Olathe. The state of Kansas has 34,190 members in 7 stakes, 53 wards and 21 branches.
The Mormon Trail though the Kansas Territory began in 1854. The migration is estimated as high as 4,000 people passing through to the west. Most of these emigrants were European converts, many from Scandinavian countries unable to speak English. They were met at Westport by William Empey, commissioned by the Latter Day Saints church to purchase wagons, oxen and supplies for the trip across the plains. It was a difficult journey that required much sacrifice and suffering.