The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oregon

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The Portland Oregon LDS Temple

As of January 1, 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) reported 149,089 members in 36 stakes,[1] 303 congregations (253 wards[2] and 50 branches[2]), three missions, and two temples in Oregon.[3]


An LDS Meetinghouse in Beaverton, Oregon
An LDS Church in Pendleton, Oregon

E. Kimbark MacColl's analysis of Portland, Oregon, history states "Portland was well endowed with churches, with approximately one for every 600 residents" in the 1890s.[4] In his survey of six leading denominations and all 25 missions, no mention was made of LDS denominations or missions.[4] A chapel was built in Portland in 1929, ready for an open house on February 15–17, 1929. The building "carried the architectural scheme of an old English manor, being constructed of dense lava stone and bricks of the clinker type, and is declared particularly suited to western Oregon climate and surroundings."[5] It included a maternity room and a basement with 14 classrooms.[5] The architect was C. R. Kaufman, and construction had begun on August 1, 1928.[5]

Membership history[edit]

Year Membership
1920 2,796
1930 5,185
1940 8,799
1950 17,885
1960 29,920
1970 48,997
1980 94,093
1990 113,774
1999 134,438
2008 145,429
2012 149,089


The Union Stake Tabernacle in La Grande, Oregon
An LDS Church in Fossil, Oregon

On July 26, 1897, the Northwestern States Mission (headquartered in Portland) was organized to search out Latter Day Saints who had moved to Oregon, Washington, and Montana. On June 10, 1970, its name changed to the Oregon Mission and ultimately the Oregon Portland Mission on June 20, 1974. On July 1, 1990, the Eugene Mission was organized.

Mission Organized
Oregon Eugene Mission July 1, 1990
Oregon Portland Mission July 26, 1897
Oregon Salem Mission July 2013


Oregon currently has two temples.

Portland Oregon Temple.jpg

42. Portland Oregon edit


Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
7 April 1984
19 August 1989 by Gordon B. Hinckley
45°25′31.24200″N 122°44′32.00639″W / 45.4253450000°N 122.7422239972°W / 45.4253450000; -122.7422239972 (Portland Oregon Temple)
79,220 sq ft (7,360 m2) and 181 ft (55 m) high on a 7.3 acre (3 ha) site
Modern, six-spire design - designed by Leland A. Gray

Templo de Medford Oregon.jpg

79. Medford Oregon edit


Central Point, Oregon, US
15 March 1999
16 April 2000 by James E. Faust
42°22′23.96639″N 122°55′57.88559″W / 42.3733239972°N 122.9327459972°W / 42.3733239972; -122.9327459972 (Medford Oregon Temple)
10,700 sq ft (990 m2) and 71 ft (22 m) high on a 2 acre (0.8 ha) site
Classic modern, single-spire design - designed by Dan Park and Church A&E Services


  1. ^ Oregon Stakes.LDS Stake & Ward Web Sites. List of Stakes in Oregon.
  2. ^ a b LDS Meetinghouse Locator.Nearby Congregations (Wards and Branches).
  3. ^ LDS Newsroom (Statistical Information)
  4. ^ a b MacColl, E. Kimbark (November 1976). The Shaping of a City: Business and politics in Portland, Oregon 1885 to 1915. Portland, Oregon: The Georgian Press Company. pp. 178–179. OCLC 2645815. 
  5. ^ a b c "New Chapel Soon Ready". The Oregonian. 1929-02-10. 

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