Charlottesville is best known as the home to two U.S. Presidents (Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe), and nearby is that of James Madison in Orange. Monticello, Jefferson’s mountain-top home, attracts approximately half a million tourists every year.
LDS Members make up 0.12% of the population of Charlottesville. The state of Virginia has 90,738 members in 19 stakes, 157 wards, 40 branches, and 2 missions.
Jedediah M. Grant, an early missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was highly demanded in Virginia. He received three speaking invitations for every one he could fill in the 1840s. His listeners gave him a horse, clothing, and funds to assist his future preaching assignments. In 1841, there were some 80 members of the Church in Virginia. After Grant and his brother left the state in 1842, another missionary, R.H. Kinnamon, traveled to nine counties and baptized more than 100 people.