Rio Rancho is New Mexico’s fastest growing and safest city. The City of Vision offers a relatively modern history, a wide range of cultural diversity, a contemporary infrastructure, and a visitor-friendly atmosphere. Wide-open vistas and the addition of modern amenities make the City of Rio Rancho truly a visionary place to live. The Intel Corporation is by far the largest employer in Rio Rancho.
LDS Members make up 3.15% of the population of Rio Rancho. The state of New Mexico has reported 63,987 members in 14 stakes, 89 wards, 39 branches, 1 mission, and 1 temple.
Mormons first came to New Mexico in 1846. The LDS Church has traditionally had a strong presence in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico, settling the town of Kirtland and other surrounding areas. Mormons found converts among the Zuni Indians. On March 7, 1943, the Navajo-Zuni Mission was organized, and specialized with teaching Native Americans in their language. This was renamed the Southwest Indian Mission on January 1, 1949. It was renamed the New Mexico-Arizona Mission on October 10, 1972. New Mexico became its own mission when the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission was organized on December 15, 1896.