The Mountain View church traces it's origins to the late 1860's, within 10 years of the time the Mormons were first sent here from Salt Lake City on the orders of Brigham Young, erstwhile head of the Utah Mormons. According to published sources, the church in San Bernardino began just a few years after the seed was planted for a church of the Lord in Fremont. At that time, Fremont was quite the transient community, due to the coincidence of time with the Gold Rush and the growth of San Francisco. But, that gave the San Francisco Bay area a headstart, if only from the standpoint of people flowing into and out of that area. On the other hand, the growing importance of Southern California, and particularly the San Bernardino area gave it a unique position, also. Not only was San Bernardino strategically located at the base of one of the most significant mountain passes (now known as Cajon Pass), but that location was undoubtedly a principle factor in the development of the major railroad presence that has defined San Bernardino for 120 years.