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Why Do Mormons Go to the Temple?

Updated on January 19, 2014
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Kathryn Skaggs is the founder of Mormon Women Stand, a community of over 40K LDS women and the popular blog, A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman.

The House Of The Lord

The Salt Lake Mormon Temple, is the most famous of all LDS Temples.
The Salt Lake Mormon Temple, is the most famous of all LDS Temples.
Each temple is dedicated as a house of the Lord Jesus Christ, a place of holiness and peace, set apart from the world.
Each temple is dedicated as a house of the Lord Jesus Christ, a place of holiness and peace, set apart from the world.
The Holy Temples are where heaven and earth, touch.
The Holy Temples are where heaven and earth, touch.

The Mormon Temple Ceremony

The Mormon temple ceremony continually receives attention by the mainstream media. Not too long ago you may have seen a re-enactment on HBO's "Big Love" depicting a portion of an LDS temple ceremony. For most people outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - what goes on inside a Mormon temple has been shrouded with what many feel to be a cloud of secrecy.

There arecurrently 141 operating temples around the world, with others announced or under construction. With such a rapid increase of temples being built around the globe, over the last decade, it only makes sense that people would become more and more curious about: Why Mormons Go to the Temple?

There are some who believe that by exposing the physical aspects of the temple rituals, that an understanding of the ceremony can be gained. From the earliest days of temple worship, symbolism has ever been the path through which God is able to teach his faithful sons and daughters a deeper understanding of spiritual truths.

"Mormons feel that few outsiders have a full sense of what temple worship means to the faithful, or why they hold it so sacred. That's because the ceremony is richer and more powerful, they believe, than the architecture, the special clothing or even the ritual re-enactments. -- It has to be experienced to be understood." Strib

The Blessings Of The Temple - Teachings Of Mormonism

Temple Worship is at the Very Center of the Mormon Life

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a temple building, and a temple loving people. Mormons are committed to temple worship as the very center of their spiritual lives. In fact, as a member of the LDS Church, it is believed that true worship of God, comes by attending the temple regularly. Through regular attendance to the temple members draw closer to God, and renew their commitment to live a Christ centered life.

Setting aside the things of the world, and instead - going to the temple to do the Lord's work, is to Mormons considered sacrifice -- as in the days of ancient Christianity. It is a universal understanding to most every Christian, that "sacrifice" brings forth the blessings of heaven. To a member of the LDS Church, there is no greater blessing, than to come to know God - learn His will, and strive daily to keep His commandments.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent." John 17:3

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A Mormon Temple - What Happens Inside?

What Happens Inside a Mormon Temple?

With so many more LDS Temples being built, you might even have one in your own city, and wonder exactly what is going on inside of these beautiful buildings that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, have erected?

You may also have heard, that what goes on inside of a Mormon Temple, is not secret - but that it is sacred. That's actually, very true. Members of the LDS Church, who are able to go inside a temple themselves, actually make a promise to leave what happens in the temple, at the door when they leave. However, the effect on individual members of their temple experience, stays with them each and everyday of their lives.

The LDS Temple experience is intended to help us become a better people. Inside of the temple, members are taught more about the blessings that God desires to bestow upon those who are faithful to His commandments. LDS members make sacred covenants inside of the temple, which are solemnly regarded.

The LDS Church teaches, that Families Can Be Together Forever. There is no better place that this is taught, than inside a Mormon Temple.



What Happens Inside A Mormon Temple, Strengthens The Family

Mormonism teaches that our families, can be together forever...
Mormonism teaches that our families, can be together forever...

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    Cheryl Arend 

    7 years ago

    You can feel Christ and pray to him anywhere. But just like in times of old, there is places that are sacred set aside for those wanting to live the best life they can in accordance to laws put forth by the Lord. To those who strive for this, is the gift of the temple. Would it make sense for someone who commited adultery to walk on sacred grounds.Do you think they would be striving for the same relationship as someone who is lifing His laws.I am so grateful to see this beautiful explaination of something that brings me such peace in such a deteriorating world. I am so grateful we have temples. What's so great about Christ is as we try to be more and more like him and live a Christ like life, he requires more from us, and allows us to feel more of him. It truly takes effort to put aside the natural man we are all born with and make concious efforts to daily, and moment by moment make those decisions to be Christ like. The temple is a place to escape the world to be on sacred grounds. Not anywhere is sacred enough for the Lord to be. Look at our world. He invites all to try to continue to progress, to be closer to him. Those who make promises and sacrifice the passions of the natural man, are allowed to enter the temple . It wouldn't make sense for someone who doesn't care or live his or her own desires everyday, to then walk in to a sacred temple the same as someone who is truly striving to live a Christ life like. The temples are for those truly striving for that closer communication and guidance that others simply choose not to have.

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    adding on qustion 1 

    7 years ago

    Look i am all the way catholic! we have this thing called adoration. Its pretty much like your temple but better and we actually have the body of christ of right in front of us. The best part is you can go right in any time. It's right in the church. You feel so much closer to Christ. As going for any christian. You can feel see and sometimes hear Christ anywhere. It not manditory for catholics to go. But its the best awsome amazing feeling when you go. So in question one you are saying the temple is the only way to feel closer to Jesus. It makes me think. being a catholic there are so many other ways to feel closer to our Savoir other than just going to the temple. Also calling it a sacrifce, it should be a joy to go to such a"holy" place.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    8 years ago from Southern California

    Thank you, Dale. I just visited your Hub, and I love it. Thanks for such a beautiful presentation of our beliefs of The Book of Mormon.


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    Dale R. Hilton 

    8 years ago

    We thank you so much for this post. We highly recommend this as a great missionary tool. Keep up the good work.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    9 years ago from Southern California

    question1 -

    Just because our children can cause us heartbreak, should we then not have them? Just because you might get in a car accident, then should we not drive? Your logic, makes no sense to me, at all.

    Temples are constructed to be beautiful. They are an offering to God. They are meant to evoke feelings of heaven on earth. They are meant to help us see beyond the mundane of this life - to a better. They are to help us maintain an eternal perspective -- and appreciate everything in this life, given to us, by God. Temples are, and have always been symbolic in meaning... symbolic of our purpose here on earth.

    And because "some" divorce, should none of us then reach for the highest ideals of love, family and eternity -- the greatest blessings of all?

    You, I am assuming are a Christian.... so, because you are not perfect in keeping all the commandments, all of the time -- do you then, choose to ignore them?

    Once again, I don't understand your logic. Mormons go to the temple to make sacred covenants, with promises that bless our lives here, and we believe into the next life. The covenants that we do make in temple, we believe bind our families for eternity. For members of the LDS Church, temple attendance enriches everything else about our lives...


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    9 years ago takes going to the temple, seeing man's creation and painting done by man that makes people closer to God? that's kinda sad. It takes being sealed in the temple to be closer to your family and love one? that's kinda sad. Why can't you see it everyday in your life without having to go to the temple. Doesn't God exist everywhere. And if you're divorce but were sealed in the temple, didn't you just break your vows and your belief?

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    9 years ago

    Well done.

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    Amy Boyack 

    9 years ago from Idaho

    I love the temple. I am so grateful that my husband and I were able to be sealed in the temple. Now, I feel like our family is complete. The temple is such a peaceful, beautiful place where you can feel God's spirit so strong. I learn new things each time I go. Thank you for making this wonderful site.

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    9 years ago

    Beautiful pictures of the temples. I think that all religion have their own system on how they worship and that each of them are different. :)

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    9 years ago from washington

    What a coincidence, I just returned from the Seattle Temple a few hours ago and this wonderful hub popped up! In my mind it makes too much sense and answers the age old question, "What is the meaning of life?"

    Why should we live, and have families, and then die only to be disassociated from those whom we have grown so close to? It needs not so be!!! This life is a preperation for the next one; marriage, families, and the divine nature of the body. Man and Woman are made to compliment eachother they are incomplete without eachother, together they are the essence of true godliness.

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    9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    Thank you for this beautiful hub. More temples pictureswould even have been great.

    Keep on Hubbing.

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    Willis Whitlock 

    9 years ago

    I suppose there is no bad publicity if you work it right. I'm glad you were able to use this incident to portray the positive.

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    In The Doghouse 

    9 years ago from California


    Thanks to the media exposure the LDS people have been given a great opportunity now to teach more about the Temple. This was a great instructional Hub about just that. Thanks.


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