Temples are the houses of God on earth, holy places where we seek guidance and peace and become closer to our Father in Heaven.
From the very beginning, God’s people have built temples. Moses had his tabernacle, and Solomon built a temple. Jesus spent a lot of time in the temple teaching and healing others. And that is what happens today.
A temple is different from other Church buildings. In different rooms, people make promises with God to keep His commandments, to be good husbands and wives, and to share what they have with others.
For members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, the temple is the most sacred place of worship on earth. It is the very House of the Lord.
Shortly after the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth on April 6, 1830, the Lord commanded His Saints to “[o]rganize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (Doctrine & Covenants 109:8).
Members of the Church continue to follow the Lord’s command to build temples to His name.
What happens inside a temple?
Can I go inside a temple?
Mormons, or more respectfully, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe temples are the most holy places on earth. When a temple is first built, there is an open house and anyone can go inside. Afterward, only Latter-day Saints can enter.
What is a temple “endowment?”
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go to temples to worship. The Endowment Ceremony teaches about God’s plan.
What are “baptisms for the dead?”
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform baptisms for the dead on behalf of their ancestors so they, too, can accept Jesus.
What are temple garments?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear underwear called temple garments. Much like the nun’s habit, or the Jewish prayer shawl, this clothing is meant to help Latter-day Saints remember God.
What are temple weddings like?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints get married, or “sealed,” in the temple for time and all eternity, not just “til death do us part.”
LDS Temple Weddings
Watch as Brian tells his experience of being married inside a mormon temple. He explains that through being married in a mormon temple his marriage will continue after this life and that he and his family can be together forever.