Medford has beauty everywhere you look. In the late spring/early summer the snow on the slopes of Mount McLoughlin melt away into a formation called the “angel wings,” which Native American tribes interpreted as an osprey, an indicator of the beginning of salmon run.
LDS Members make up 4.25% of Medford’s population. The Medford Oregon Temple is located midway between the Oakland California and Portland Oregon temples. As of 2010 it served nine stakes in northern California and Oregon.
Joseph Smith founded the church in 1830 in Fayette, N.Y., during the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. In 1838, he ignored Sen. Henry Clay’s suggestion that the saints settle in Oregon Territory. Utah, of course, won the coin toss. Mormons are the second largest religious group in Oregon. Currently there are 149,089 members in 36 stakes,253 wards, 50 branches, 3 missions, and 2 temples in Oregon.