Chattanooga lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. The official nickname for Chattanooga is the Scenic City, being reinforced by the city’s growing national reputation as a haven for numerous outdoor activities. Chattanooga is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College.
LDS Members make up 0.72% of Chattanooga’s population. In the state of Tennessee there are 43,179 members, 10 stakes, 68 wards and 24 branches, 2 missions, and 2 temples.
David W. Patten and Warren Parish arrived in Tennessee shortly before 11 October 1834 and soon baptized 31 people: organizing a branch by the end of the year. On March 27, 1835, Wilford Woodruff, then a priest, came to assist Parrish. When Warren Parrish was called as a Seventy in July 1835, he ordained Woodruff as an elder and placed him in charge of the work in Tennessee. The worst massacre of Church members in the South, however, occurred on August 10, 1884 when a mob shot to death missionaries William S. Berry and John H. Gibbs and local members W. Martin Conder and John Riley Hutson during LDS Church services.