Statue of Mormon pioneers

The LDS Church

Learn about the origins and beliefs of the LDS Church.

In 1847, a group of pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and began to build a community. They were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often known as the LDS Church or the Mormons. After being persecuted in New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, they were led by the prophet Brigham Young across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley, where they could freely practice their religion.

Today, Utah is still home to the headquarters of the LDS Church. Everything in the city, including Church headquarters, was built around Temple Square, with the temple at its center. In the temple, faithful members are able to worship the Savior and participate in sacred ordinances. LDS Church members view Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us as the center of their faith.

Many Mormon young adults and senior couples serve full-time missions, where they teach others about their beliefs. All of the tours at Temple Square are given by sister missionaries, who are serving for a period of 18 months.

To learn more about the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visit


50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150