Source: Letter from Twin Falls Mission
There are 18 stakes in the Idaho Twin Falls Mission. Idaho's population is about 1,595,000. Twin Falls is the largest economic center in the mission.
A rapidly increasing Hispanic element, representing 11.6 percent of the state's population constitutes Idaho's ethnic minority. It has Spanish speaking missionaries serving throughout the mission. For more than a century, Idaho has ranked second, after Utah, in concentration of Church population.
Due to the area's high membership, Church President Gordon B. Hinkley announced a temple to be built in Twin Falls in October 2004 General Conference. It was dedicated August 24, 2008.
Idaho's climate is diverse and influenced by weather patterns off the Pacific Ocean. Generally, the northern part of the state receives more precipitation than Southern Idaho. Twin Falls has a elevation of 3670 feet and annual precipitation of 10.4 inches. The area is considered "high desert" with hot, dry summers and cold winters with moderate snowfall.
Important agricultural commodities in the Magic Valley include beans, sugar beets, corn (maize), alfalfa and potatoes. Dairy production is also significant, especially in Jerome and Gooding Counties.
Popular leisure activities in the area include camping, hunting and fishing. Skiing at several resorts throughout the region is one of the most popular winter activities.