Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids, MI

A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is still home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies, and is nicknamed “Furniture City”. Its more common modern nickname of “River City” refers to the landmark river for which it was named. The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, and contribute heavily to the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.

LDS Population

LDS Members make up 0.56% of the population of Grand Rapids. In the state of Michigan there are 42,422 members, 8 stakes, 65 wards, 1 district, 43 branches, 42 Family History Centers, 2 missions, and 1 temple located in Detroit.

LDS History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Michigan began with the Mack family. Almira Mack Scobey had gone to Kirtland, Ohio to visit her cousin Joseph Smith and there they joined the church. On June 7, 1831 Doctrine and Covenants Section 52 was received which among other things commanded another one of Mack Scobey’s cousins Hyrum Smith and also John Murdock to go to Detroit and preach the gospel on the way to Jackson County, Missouri. These two brethren went to Michigan in company with Mack Scobey and Hyrum’s (and Joseph’s) mother, Lucy Mack Smith. They were also accompanied by Lyman Wight and John Corrill. The missionaries eventually went to Pontiac where they had much success, baptizing several people, including David Dort, the husband of one of the Mack sisters.

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As seen on BYU-TV, we understand your family needs and concerns about food storage, ward boundaries, seminary and more. Find an LDS Realtor now! U.S. President Gerald Ford, along with his wife Betty, is buried on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.


Current Weather

Grand Rapids
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humidity: 90%
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83 Degree

July Average High Temp

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Detroit Michigan Temple

157 Miles SE of Grand Rapids

Family Friendly

Be sure to visit the Van Andel Museum Center. Celebration on the Grand the weekend after Labor Day features free concerts, fireworks display and food booths. Celebration on the Grand is an event that celebrates life in the Grand River valley. Each October, the city celebrates the Polish heritage centered on the West side of town with Pulaski Days.

Grand Rapids News


About 188,040 people live in Grand Rapids. It is located on the Grand River about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of 1,005,648, and the combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland has a population of 1,321,557.