Ogden, Utah, is a busy town north of Salt Lake City, and is actually the site of the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region before the Mormon pioneers arrived. Ogden was a major player in the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed in 1869. Today, Ogden’s visitors enjoy downhill skiing at the Snowbasin and Powder Mountain resorts.
LDS Members make up 60.02% of the population of Ogden. The state of Utah has 1,936,074 members in 558 stakes, 1 district, 4,481 wards, 334 branches, and 6 missions. There are now 17 temples operating or under construction in Utah.
Ogden was incorporated as a city in 1851, three years after it was settled. This made it the third incorporated city west of the Missouri River, the first two being San Francisco and Salt Lake City. It was a typical Mormon settled western community of homes and businesses centrally located with farms surrounding the outlying areas. In many respects, pioneer life in Ogden Valley closely resembled that of other communities in early Utah. Everyday life revolved around the agricultural cycle and the Church, and a sense of community and cooperation pervaded most activities.