Free resources about the Oregon Portland Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*Other Mission Pages: Oregon LDS Missions.
Oregon Portland Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Portland Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Oregon Portland Mission
1400 NW Compton Dr. Suite 250
Beaverton, Or 97006
Phone Number: 1-503-643-1696
Mission President: President Craig B. Ballard
Oregon Portland Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Oregon Portland Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Portland Mission:
Videos with Portland RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Portland Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Oregon
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Oregon. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Oregon, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Oregon Portland Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Oregon Portland Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Oregon Portland Mission Groups
Here are Portland Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Portland Mission.
- Portland Mission (President Dyches) Group (407 members)
- Oregon Portland Mission- Morby’s Group (236 members)
- Portland Oregon Mission Facebook Group (195 members)
- Portland Mission President Ballif Group (168 members)
- Oregon Portland Mission (2002-2005) Group (82 members)
- Portland Mission (Pres. J. Samuel Park) Group (69 members)
- Oregon Portland Mission Moms (LDS) Group (34 members)
- Oregon Portland Mission Sisters Page Group (16 members)
- Portland Mission Presidents Weston, Gessel Group (7 members)
Oregon Portland Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Oregon Portland Mission!
Shirt designs include Portland Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Portland missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Oregon Portland Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Portland Mission.
- 2017-2020, Jonathan W. Bullen
- 2014-2017, Craig B. Ballard
- 2011-2014, C. Jeffrey Morby
- 2008-2011, Tim Dyches
- 2005-2005, Arlo Bryan Weston
- 1999-2002, Scott W. Ballif
- 1998-1999, Edward D. Smith
- 1995-1998, La Mar Eyre
- 1992-1995, Vern O. Curtis
- 1989-1992, James J. Eardley
- 1986-1989, J. Samuel Park
- 1983-1986, John A. Larsen
- 1980-1983, Donald B. Jesse
- 1977-1980, J. Garr Vincent
- 1974-1977, Robert Seamons
- 1972-1974, Ernest Eberhard Jr.
- 1969-1973, Grant Stucki
- 1966-1969, Robert L. Backman
- 1964-1966, Ivan J. Barrett
- 1961-1964, Don C. Wood
- 1960-1960, Franklin D. Richards
- 1955-1960, Douglas H. Driggs
- 1950-1955, James A. McMurrin
- 1947-1950, Joel Richards
- 1944-1947, Samuel E. Bringhurst
- 1942-1944, Desla S. Bennion
- 1940-1942, Nicholas G. Smith
- 1937-1940, Preston Nibley
- 1934-1937, Joseph Quincey
Oregon LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 153,226
- Missions: 3
- Temples: 2
- Congregations: 306
- Family History Centers: 65
Helpful Articles about Oregon
Oregon Portland Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Portland RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2014 (Ashlynn)
- 2011-2013 (Jenna)
- 1993-1995. (Graydon)
- 1982-1983 (Monte Jr.)
- 2012-2014 (B)
- September 1993-March 1995 (Crystal)
- 1979-1981 (Craig)
- 1966-1968 (Jesse)
What areas did you serve in?
- Oregon City and Beaverton. (Ashlynn)
- Gresham, Boring & Demascus. Forest Grove, Vernonia & Banks. Hillsboro, Gresham, Boring & Demascus again. (Crystal)
- Seattlle, Washington, Lagrand, Or, Bremerton, Wa. Portland, Or. Spokane, Wa. Boise Ida. Springfield, Or. Burns, Or. and Portland, Or. It was the North Western Mission back then. (Jesse)
What were some favorite foods?
- The fresh berries. (Jenna)
- Seafood. Especially fresh cooked salmon out of the columbia river and also fried calamari. Nothing like fresh seafood! Sturgeon clam chowder is awesome too. Fresh blackberries (that grow wild there) are awesome! (Graydon)
- Plush Pippins Pies, anything the members made!
- Street Carts in Portland!! (B)
- Loved the local caught trout baked with seasoned rice. Clam chowder. All the yummy baked goods and desserts the members made for us. Fresh blackberries that grew like weeds everywhere. (Crystal)
- Any Food!!! (Jesse)
What was a funny experience?
- I once wrangled a dog that ran out of a house we came across while tracting. (Jenna)
- When my companion and I were riding down the road, I looked back to see if he was close to me and make sure he was okay, and when I turned back to face forward I ran into a bush. 🙂 (B)
- My mission president had a great sense of humor. President Vern O. Curtis. Don’t recall anything in particular, just good memories of him and how he interacted with the missionaries and members. (Crystal)
- Tackling one of the Sisters during a touch football game with the zone on P day. (Jesse)
What was a crazy experience?
- A high hippie yelled at us. (Jenna)
- Tracting one night in an apartment complex. Knocked on a door, no one answered so we went down stairs to the next set. Heard a door we’d knocked on upstairs come open and a shot-gun calk. We stood ABSOLUTELY SILENT until the guy went back inside. Interesting experience. (Graydon)
- Having a “gang terf war” outside our apartment – luckily we were not home, we heard stories from the neighbors. (B)
- While serving in Hillsboro one evening after we came home for the night, someone had removed the screen from the outside of our apartment bedroom window and my companion saw a hand peeking through the blinds. We called the Elders who lived across the parking lot and then the Mission President. We ended up driving to the mission home and spending the night there. As soon as possible, we were moved to an upstairs apartment that was safer. (Crystal)
- Driving in the snow over Blue Mountain Pass every week for Zone leadership meeting. (Jesse)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Meeting a family who lost their teenage son, taking them to the temple grounds where they felt him close by and knew the gospel was true. (Jenna)
- How much time have you got? Lots & lots of them. Every time we taught someone that could feel the spirit and then wanted to get baptized it was awesome. (Graydon)
- One day we were tracting in Long View because the Vietnamese program was not very productive. We knocked on a door of an apartment and the man that came to the door said, “Elders, my son and I were just talking about you the other day.” We were able to teach and baptize the son. (Monte Jr.)
- When a less active member was able to be activated and baptize his 9 year old daughter. (B)
- Teaching Pearlie Moulden and her daughters in Bremerton, Washington. I went to Pearlie’s 90th birthday celebration 2 years ago. They now live in Arizona. (Jesse)
What are some interesting facts about the Portland Mission?
- Moss grows everywhere…on cars, the sidewalk, houses, etc. (Jenna)
- Lots of cheese is produced in Oregon (Tillamook Cheese Factory). There are more old Volkswagen cars and busses in Oregon than you will ever see in your life. It is actually LEGAL in Oregon to commit suicide. The state is EXTREMELY liberal leaning. Lots of hippies live there. (Graydon)
- I worked with Laotian, Vietnamese and Cambodian people for 14 months of my 18 months. The last four months I served among American Wards. At that time there were 2500 different religions in Oregon. The Bhagawan Shree Rajneesh was living in Antelope Oregon which caused a lot of other people to move out of the area. (Monte Jr.)
- It basically hugs the Colombia River. It’s the best! You have “city life” and “country life” nearby – chances are you’ll experience both. (B)
- We had 150-200 missionaries covering an area where, at my last count, there are now 12 missions!! For several years, we had the most converts, with Brazil coming up fast as time went on. (Jesse)
What was the weather like?
- Cold and rainy. (Ashlynn)
- Overcast and rainy most of the year, but surprisingly beautiful and fresh. (Jenna)
- It depends on where you serve. In the northern part of the state it rarely gets over 70 deg F and rarely gets colder than 30 deg F. In the summer though, humidity is VERY REAL and you’ll get drenched. It also rains… A LOT in the winter in Oregon. In southern Oregon (Bend, Redmond, Burns area’s), it’s very dry and desert like in the climate. Lots of snow, but not very humid at all. Reminded me of southern Utah. (Graydon)
- It rained a lot. (Monte Jr.)
- Everyone says it rains a lot. I compare it to the misting fan you have during a track meet or sporting event. Constant mist for nearly 9 months. You don’t realize it’s raining until you get somewhere and you’re drenched. — also the occasional ice storm. Summer’s are incredibly beautiful though. (B)
- The local members told me when I first got there that if I could NOT see Mt. Hood, then it was raining and if I could see Mt. Hood, then it was going to rain. They were right. It rained a lot. (Crystal)
- Lots of snow in Ligand and Boise. HOT, HOT. HOT, in Spokane. Rain in Seattle and Springfield Or. and, believe it or not, lots of sunshine in Portland. I served in Portland twice, They were both in the late spring and early summer 🙂 (Jesse)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Oregonians are super kind and charitable. (Jenna)
- I absolutely LOVED the climate there! Rain doesn’t bother me a bit. It’s incredibly green. Also, the people (members or non-members) were all very friendly to us. We ate extremely well (the members feed you all the time). It’s an awesome place to serve. Great place for taking pictures too. The scenery is incredible. (Graydon)
- I enjoyed most everything. (Monte Jr.)
- The amount of love they had for missionary work, each other, and their friends. (B)
- I met my “Oregon family” there and still keep in touch with them 20 some years later. The members were always so good to us. Loved meeting new people and learning and sharing the gospel with them. (Crystal)
- I loved it here. So much so that I moved back there 28 years later. (Jesse)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Bring your rain gear. (Jenna)
- Couple good pairs of shoes. A good pair of rain shoes (they go over top of your shoes). A REALLY good umbrella. Get Cotton/Poly mix oxford style shirts. Stafford brand was always my favorite (it rarely wrinkled–even in all the humidity). Bring a good rain coat and a good winter coat. Winter rain will chill you to the bone. You can buy suits out there if you wear yours out, or another elder is always willing to sell one. (Graydon)
- Long trench coat, especially for a biking area quick drying items scarves and hats for winter – it gets cold at night. (B)
- Comfortable shoes. Leggings – those cold glacier winds that come down the Columbia River gorge really bites. (Crystal)
- Buy two pants Suits!!!! (Jesse)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I gained a deeper understanding of the enabling and strengthening power of the Atonement. (Jenna)
- I learned to love talking to people and getting to know them. Absolutely love long walks too (lots of tracting). I learned how to teach–on the fly. Throw a lesson at me and I can usually have something ready to teach in under 20 minutes. You just learn that kind of stuff out there. (Graydon)
- I can’t begin to describe the blessings associated with serving. – It changed my life. (B)
- Far more than I can express or account for. (Crystal)
- They are so many, it is hard to count. I came on my mission straight out of high school. I graduated June 6th and was in the mission home in Salt Lake City June 27th. I arrived at the mission home in Portland on July 4th. I had good success on my mission. I learned, that as I followed what the Lord wanted me to do, my success was greater. This was a wonderful life lesson. I learned patience. These have both been great blessings in my life. Mostly though, I gained a testimony of the Gospel that has been unshakable throughout some really difficult times in my life. Some times, that testimony that really started to grow when I was a missionary, was the only thing that got me through. (Jesse)
What are some skills you gained?
- Conflict resolution ;). (Jenna)
- Riding a bike REALLY well (and fast too). Talking to people. Teaching a lesson on the fly. How to deal with groups of people. How to rely on the spirit while teaching. (Graydon)
- I learned to communicate with people of all walks of life. (Monte Jr.)
- How to talk to people How to casually bring up gospel topics Getting along with others. (B)
- Communication: With my companion, now my eternal companion, and with the people I come in contact with in whatever capacity I am working. Studying. I was really not good at studying until I had to learn the discussions and study my scriptures every day so that I could teach those that want to be taught. (Jesse)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- How difficult each day was going to be. (Jenna)
- I wish I’d had a little more experience planning meetings or working with members. ie. working with getting other members involved in teaching the people we worked with. (Graydon)
- Street Contacting, Being able to casually bring up the gospel and be “normal” with others. ALWAYS love and serve your companion. You don’t know everything and don’t know all the answers and that’s okay. Be humble and willing to learn. (B)
- I wish I had done a better job at learning and studying the scriptures before I came to the field. I had not read the Book of Mormon completely. This would have accomplished two things: my testimony would have been stronger, and I would have been a better missionary from the start. (Jesse)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Portland?
- Hold on to the truths you know. Do your best to really listen to people, and the Spirit will fill your mouth with the words they need to hear. (Jenna)
- Read your scriptures and get to know the doctrine well. Be able to talk to people and relate to them and learn to love them. Get in shape (you’ll do a lot of walking and biking). Learn how to teach a lesson or teach others. (Graydon)
- You will love it. The members are fantastic and so extremely helpful with missionary work. Remember what you learned in the MTC and don’t be afraid to try and learn new things. Never live with regret. (B)
- Work hard, work smart, and pray even harder. It will all work out for the best. (Crystal)
- Obey ALL of the rules, regardless how trivial they may seem to you. I promise, when you do this, your success and your love of the work will be more than you could imagine. I am sorry to say, that there will be missionaries that tell you “oh that rule doesn’t matter” and it may appear that they are correct at first glance. But these rules are there for a reason and not just to irritate you. I didn’t learn this lesson until I had been out a couple of months. I can blame my trainers, but I made the decisions to ignore a couple of rules. There was no great upheaval or major ramifications because I had not followed them as I should have, but, once I put an effort in to making certain I was doing all I could to follow the rules, our success was greater and I really started to enjoy my mission. My wife and I have sent out 6 missionaries and they have served all over the world. I have given them the same advice and they told me, upon returning home, that it wasn’t always the easiest thing to do because of their companions and their attitude, but they told me they did and felt that they were much better for it. (Jesse)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I spoke English. So nothing like that. (Graydon)