Canada's Mormon town, Cardston thrives for 125 years

In heart, soul, history and demographics, it is every bit as much Mormon country as anywhere in Utah, yet Cardston is some 735 miles to the north, just over the Canadian border on the rangeland and prairie of Alberta.

The location of one of the Church's oldest temples, Cardston has long maintained a steady Latter-day Saint concentration of about 80 percent of the population of 3,500. Many of them have roots stemming back to the founding of the town 125 years ago.

Ken Sommerfeldt, local superintendent of schools and former president of the Cardston Alberta West Stake, recalled, "When our first child was born we took a picture that included all of our grandparents living here in Cardston. It sounds crazy, but we had 14 living grandparents in the picture — five generations on three sides."

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