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The University of Central Oklahoma, one of the fastest growing in the state, is a major employer. The city’s economy is centered on technology, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, and retail trade. Arcadia Lake on the east side of the city is a fishing spot for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Twin Bridges Lake is a second lake in the city.
LDS Members make up 1.14% of the population in Edmond. The state of Oklahoma has 45,008 members, seven stakes, 57 wards, 25 branches, two missions, and one temple in Oklahoma City.
In the late 1840s, George Miller, a former bishop who delayed going to the West, traveled from Winter Quarters to visit his son in Texas. He and two other members with him, Joseph Kilting and Richard Hewitt, found construction work available in the Cherokee Nation. They arrived in Tahlequah on July 9, 1847, and began to build houses. They also began to teach others about the Mormon faith, but antagonism forced Miller to leave in December. Hewitt and Kilting remained to work. In 1855, Orson Spencer and James McGaw visited the Indian Territory from St. Louis, Missouri, and on April 8, five more missionaries were sent from Salt Lake City, and four from St. Louis. The Indian Territory Mission was created and placed under the leadership of Miller on June 26, 1855.