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Rising elegantly among towering Douglas-fir trees, the six spires of the marble-clad Portland Oregon Temple create a beautiful sight for motorists traveling Oregon's I-5, situated about 8 miles south of downtown Portland in Lake Oswego. On the east side of the temple is a serene reflection pool sitting at the base of the main spire. A fountain on the west side replenishes an infinity pool. Visitors are welcome to walk among the gorgeous gardens that decorate the temple grounds and to obtain additional information at the public visitors' center that features films, displays, multimedia presentations, and a stunning reproduction of Thorvaldsen's Christus statue.

Temple History

The Portland Oregon Temple is the 42nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Portland Oregon Temple was the first temple built in Oregon.

The Portland Oregon Temple sits on land originally purchased in the 1960s for a Church junior college. Later, when the decision was reversed, 7.3 acres were retained for the temple.

The Portland Oregon Temple was constructed directly on the Willamette Meridian, which is the principle north-south meridian for all land surveys conducted in the states of Oregon and Washington.

The two-story Celestial Room of the Portland Oregon Temple features three chandeliers, long wall tapestries, and a grand staircase.

On the top floor of the Portland Oregon Temple are a collection of sealing rooms with white marble altars and a large assembly hall.

The floor plan created for the Portland Oregon Temple was adapted and used for the Las Vegas Nevada Temple.

On May 11, 1988, the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set into place atop the 170-foot eastern spire to an audience of television cameras, newspaper photographers, and beaming Church members.

A whopping 314,232 visitors toured the Portland Oregon Temple during its public open house. At the time, it was the fifth highest number of temple open house visitors in Church history.

President Ezra Taft Benson presided and offered remarks at the first three dedicatory sessions of the Portland Oregon Temple, though he extended the responsibility of offering the dedicatory prayer to his first counselor, Gordon B. Hinckley.

In 1994, the Portland Oregon Temple was awarded first place by the Royal Rosarians of Portland, Oregon, in the category of commercial rose plantings. Portland is known as the "City of Roses."

Portland Visitors Center

On February 25, 2012, the Portland Oregon Temple Visitors' Center opened its doors to the public. On June 9, 2013, it was formally dedicated by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson. The visitors' center is located next to the temple in a building that originally housed Distribution Services. When Distribution Services was relocated by a Deseret Book, a short distance away, it was decided that the building would be converted to a visitors' center.


Temple District

Western Oregon

  1. Beaverton Oregon Stake
  2. Beaverton Oregon West Stake
  3. Bend Oregon Stake
  4. Cedar Mill Oregon Stake
  5. Corvallis Oregon Stake
  6. Eugene Oregon Santa Clara Stake
  7. Eugene Oregon Stake
  8. Forest Grove Oregon Stake
  9. Gresham Oregon Stake
  10. Hillsboro Oregon Stake
  11. Keizer Oregon Stake
  12. Lake Oswego Oregon Stake
  13. Lebanon Oregon Stake
  14. McMinnville Oregon Stake
  15. Milwaukie Oregon Stake
  16. Monmouth Oregon Stake
  17. Mount Hood Oregon Stake
  18. Oregon City Stake
  19. Portland Oregon Stake
  20. Rainier Oregon Stake
  21. Redmond Oregon Stake
  22. Salem Oregon Stake
  23. Springfield Oregon Stake
  24. The Dalles Oregon Stake
  25. Tualatin Oregon Stake

Southwest Washington

  1. Centralia Washington Stake
  2. Longview Washington Stake
  3. Ridgefield Washington Stake
  4. Vancouver Washington East Stake
  5. Vancouver Washington North Stake
  6. Vancouver Washington Stake
  7. Vancouver Washington West Stake

Temple Presidents

  1. David L. Garner 2019–
  2. David A. Lundgreen 2016–2019
  3. Steven H. Pond 2013–2016
  4. Myron G. Child 2010–2013
  5. R. Conrad Schultz 2007–2010
  6. Nicholas P. Collins 2004–2007
  7. George D. Weight 2001–2004
  8. Keith L. Sellers 1998–2001
  9. Philip T. Sonntag 1995–1998
  10. Thomas Y. Emmett 1992–1995
  11. L. Edward Perry 1989–1992


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Portland Oregon Temple

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The Portland Oregon Temple is the 42nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where it stands elegantly among towering Douglas-fir trees, the six spires of the marble-clad Portland Oregon Temple create a beautiful sight. On the east side of the temple is a serene reflection pool sitting at the base of the main spire. A fountain on the west side replenishes an infinity pool. Visitors are welcome to walk among the gorgeous gardens that decorate the temple grounds and to obtain additional information at the public visitors' center that features films, displays, multimedia presentations, and a stunning reproduction of Thorvaldsen's Christus statue.

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