Lubbock’s nickname is the “Hub City”, which derives from it being the economic, education, and health care hub of a multicounty region commonly called the South Plains.
LDS Members make up 1.21% of the state of Texas’ population with 1.41% of the population of Lubbock being LDS. Overall, there are 296,141 members, 49 stakes, 3 districts, 557 Congregations (413 wards and 105 branches), 8 missions, and 4 temples in Texas.
Due to increased persecution around Nauvoo, Joseph Smith realized that he would have to relocate the Church outside the borders of the United States. The Republic of Texas was considered by Smith a place where the Church members would be able to peacefully practice their religion. The prophet began to negotiate with Sam Houston, president of the Texas Republic, for the southern and western portions of Texas for the future Latter-day Saint nation.