LDS church lands

This church building on Portneuf Road in Pocatello, serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is located adjacent to agricultural land also owned by the church. A new database shows the LDS church is the nation’s fifth largest private landowner.

From thousands of acres of farmlands to thousands of places of worship and from shiny commercial enclaves in urban centers to flowing fields in swelling suburbs, a newly released list shows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns U.S. properties valued at nearly $16 billion and ranks the Utah-based faith among the nation’s top private landholders.

It may be no surprise that a growing pioneer-era church with millions of members — and devoted to acquiring land, cultivating crops, erecting temples and building Zion — would today hold vast expanses of property.


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