Eugene is home to the University of Oregon. The city is also noted for its natural beauty, recreational opportunities especially bicycling, running/jogging, rafting, kayaking, and focus on the arts. Eugene’s slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors” It is also referred to as the “Emerald City”, and as “Track Town, USA”. The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.
LDS Members make up 3.70% of the population in Eugene. There are 149,089 members in 36 stakes, 253 wards, 50 branches, 3 missions, and 2 temples in Oregon.
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. It included a maternity room and a basement with 14 classrooms. The architect was C. R. Kaufman, and construction had begun on August 1, 1928.