As of December 31, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 50,420 members in 13 stakes, 122 congregations (84 wards and 38 branches), one mission, and one temple in Montana.
Template:Expand section Prior to the Montana gold rush of the 1860s, a few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traded with Flathead Indians and settled in the area. Others were acquainted with Montana by following the Montana Trail from the Church's Fort Lemhi settlement on the Salmon River. The gold discovery, followed by the overland railway completion in 1869, attracted some Church members to Montana. In 1896, the Montana Mission was organized. In October 1897, Church leaders in Montana received the promise of religious freedom from Governor John E. Rickards. A meeting of 75 people was held in Anaconda, and a gathering of 300 met in Butte later that spring.
Montana Billings Mission
The Montana–Wyoming Mission was created in June 1970 from the North Central States Mission. The mission name was changed to the Montana Billings Mission four years later.
Dedicated in 1999, the Billings Montana Temple is unique in many ways. The spire, topped by a statue of Angel Moroni, rises from a tiered tower faced with louvered vents that appear to be shuttered windows. The west end of the single story building is accentuated by a stained-glass bay window. The temple grounds are landscaped with lawns, flower gardens and more than 250 trees and 4,500 shrubs. Retaining walls and fence foundations are built of manufactured stones painted to match the prominent, 300-foot-high Rimrock cliffs that border the rear side of the temple property.