Willamette Valley Oregon Temple
During the April 2021 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson announced Eugene, Oregon, as a temple location. It was one of 20 sites for new temples, the most announced by the Church in a single day.
On Thursday, 2 September 2021,just after five months of being announced, the Church officially released the site location, a rendering, and the new name for the temple. The official name for the new temple is the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple.
Oregon is home to more than 150,000 Latter-day Saints and more than 300 congregations.
The Willamette Valley Oregon Temple will be built on a 10.5-acre site at the intersection of International Boulevard and Corporate Way in Springfield, a suburb of Eugene. The exterior rendering reflects the initial plans for a single-story temple of approximately 30,000 square feet.
The temple will serve more than 30,000 Latter-day Saints and be the third temple in the state, following the Portland Oregon Temple (dedicated in 1989) and the Medford Oregon Temple (dedicated in 2000).
Of the 20 new temple locations identified on 4 April 2021, the Willamette Valley Oregon Temple is the last of the nine United States temples to have its site and rendering released. The others are located in Helena Montana, Casper, Wyoming, Grand Junction, Colorado, Farmington, New Mexico, Burley, Idaho, Elko, Nevada, Yorba Linda, California, and Smithfield, Utah. A groundbreaking ceremony has already been held for the Helena Montana Temple.
Detailed design plans are still in development and a groundbreaking date will be announced later.