Orem is home to Utah Valley University, the largest university in the state. The Timpanogos Story Telling Festival is one the largest in the nation and brings thousands of visitors. Utah Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the state. Sundance Resort is located 13 miles northeast at Provo Canyon.
LDS Members make up 88.69% of the population of the Orem area. Some Orem residents attend the Provo Temple and others attend the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. 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.
ather Silvestre Velez de Escalante, a Spanish Franciscan missionary-explorer, is considered the first European explorer to have visited the area, in 1776. Escalante chronicled this first European exploration across the Great Basin desert. Provo was originally called Fort Utah when it was settled in 1849 by 33 Mormon families from Salt Lake City, but was renamed Provo in 1850 for Étienne Provost, an early French-Canadian trapper who arrived in the region in 1825. The Battle of Fort Utah was fought at Provo in 1850.