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A MORMON TEMPLE IS A HOUSE OF GOD
The temple is a place where Mormons make sacred promises designed to unite their families and help them return to God.
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A Mormon temple is a sacred building reserved for special religious worship. It is different than a regular meetinghouse. Like other Christians, Mormons gather at meetinghouses on Sundays to worship God and Jesus Christ.

There are thousands of Latter-day Saint meetinghouses around the world, and visitors are always welcome no matter what their faith.

Unique among the Christian churches, Mormons also embrace a distinctly personal form of devotion that is found only in temples. Nearly 140 Mormon temples are found throughout the earth. They are striking in their architectural beauty which reflects the immaculate care that goes into constructing these “houses of the Lord.”

Like the majestic Temple of Solomon (see 1 Kings 6:1, 37), built in the days of ancient Israel, temples are more than places of communal worship. Only devout Church members enter temples for religious sacraments and personal devotions. This helps preserve the sanctity and the feeling of holiness associated with temples. The Church holds “open houses” for the public before new temples are dedicated for worship.

What happens in Mormon Temples?

The temple experience is a deeply personal one for each participant. Since they consecrate their lives to God in the temple, each member is expected to reflect the highest Christian ideals in the way they live. In the temple, Mormons focus inwardly on their relationship to God so they can serve outwardly when they leave the temple.

The most significant temple sacraments are the “endowment” and “sealing” ceremonies, and baptism for the dead.

The “endowment” is a gift of knowledge that the temple visitor receives that teaches God’s plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ. During the ceremony, Church members make individual promises to live the teachings of Jesus Christ and keep the commandments of God.

The “sealing” ceremony unites a husband and wife in a marriage that lasts forever if they honor their commitment to each other and God. This ceremony also joins children to their parents in the same way.

Significantly, Mormons believe that these religious sacraments may be performed for those who have died without having had the opportunity to embrace them in this life. Consequently, Mormons may visit temples to perform these services for their ancestors. Participants believe that the departed soul has the right in the next life to embrace or reject these offerings of love.

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  • Telsha
    Telsha answered...

    That is one of the most beautiful things of the gospel is that we believe with all our hearts that a husband and wife can be together forever. We believe that if we are sealed in the temples of the Lord we can be together for eternity with our beloved families. We don't have to dread when a loved one passes because we can know we can be with them again if we live righteously and are sealed together. It gives us hope and a bright future.

  • Amie
    Amie answered...

    That is one of the most beautiful things of the gospel is that we believe with all our hearts that a husband and wife can be together forever. We believe that if we are sealed in the temples of the Lord we can be together for eternity with our beloved families. We don't have to dread when a loved one passes because we can know we can be with them again if we live righteously and are sealed together. It gives us hope and a bright future.

  • Katie
    Katie answered...

    Our protectiveness of the temple is not a sign of secrecy, it is more a manifestation of how special and important the the building and its rituals are.

    And I hope people don't get intimidated by the word "ritual", everyone who has gone through a school graduation has experienced a ritual. It just means that we are participating in life-changing experiences that turn our hearts to God, our families and our fellow men. The real difference is that we believe that process of making devotional promises to God in a sacred place is necessary for our salvation. That is why we encourage everyone to join with us and make their way to the temple.

  • Cami
    Cami answered...

    Through the temple we come to make wonderful promises with God and He binds us together as husband and wife for all eternity through His Priesthood power which is God's power on the earth. We are a part of God's family...He is the loving Father of our spirit and of course He wants us to be with Him forever.

  • Don
    Don answered...

    Recently I taught a Sunday School lesson about the Apostle Paul who was cast into jail because of being falsely accused of taking non-Jews into the holy parts of the ancient temple. The penalty for doing so was death. It caused me to think of the sacredness of the temple, and that people throughout history have gone through a preparation process in order to approach God through temple worship.

    In our time, both members of the church and non-members who have not prepared are turned away from the sacred parts of the temple not because of secrets, but rather due to the sacred nature of the temple and the preparation required to go there. Anyone can go to the temple, given they prepare themselves and demonstrate that preparation in a visit with those responsible for qualifying persons for entrance to the temple.

  • Keith
    Keith Proctor answered...

    In the Temple we are taught some pretty powerful truths about who we are, where we came from, and why we are here...The Temple, in its fullest sense, prepares men and women to return and live with God as His sons and daughters. Those who love Jesus Christ and walk in His ways will find in the Temple a power beyond their comprehension and a closeness to God not possible anywhere else in the world.

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