Most people who think of Mormon pioneers think of Utah. However, there is another story of Mormon settlers that highlights the Mormon talent for celebrating diversity. Mormons settled San Bernardino, California. One reporter noted that the city had gone downhill ever since the Mormons left and perhaps they should bribe the Mormons to come back. Of course, there already are plenty of Mormons there, but since they don’t all live together, they might not be as noticeable. Mormon history includes stories from around the world, and this is one of the most fascinating of them.
Looking for something free, air conditioned, and fun to do in Old Town, San Diego? A year ago, the Mormon Battalion Visitor’s Center was renovated to make it a destination praised by Mormons (the nickname sometimes applied to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and non-Mormons alike. The twenty-minute tour takes visitors back into San Diego’s early history, which played a pivotal role in Mormon history as well. The religious aspects of the tour are minimal and there is no effort to convert visitors. If they want to learn more about the Mormons, they can fill out a request card or ask questions on their own. Otherwise, the focus is on the historical events.
Mormon history is a hot topic of debate and discussion both among Mormons (the nickname sometimes applied to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and non-Mormons alike. There are many false stories about Mormon history circulating, but there are also solid efforts at reliable research. The Mormons themselves, often through Brigham Young University, conduct serious peer-reviewed research and work to present a balanced view of Mormon history events that occur, even if they are not the moments Mormons are most proud of.