Visit the Phoenix Arizona Temple: Another LDS Haven!
The Phoenix Arizona Temple brings with it beauty and serenity where meditation and contemplation are welcomed upon its grounds, which are meticulously kept and pleasant to behold.
In the Phoenix community, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened a temple to the public and dedicated it now only allowing members of the church in good standing. Announced May 24, 2008. the Phoenix Temple is the fifth operating temple in the state of Arizona completed.
Originally the Mesa and Snowflake temples were the only operating temples in the state until the Gila Valley and Gilbert Temples were constructed.
The Tuscan Temple is the next edifice planned for the state of Arizona making in total six temples planned or completed for Arizona.
November 16, 2014 was the day the temple was dedicated for its intended spiritual purposes. Prior to that day the youth of the new temple district performed in a gala celebrating the heritages of the future patrons of the area.
- "Be A Light" Phoenix Arizona Temple LDS Cultural Celebration - YouTube
A Celebration of the Heritage that lead up to the building of a Latter-Day Saint Temple in Phoenix Arizona. Ripped from Tivo with Commercials edited out. :)
To citizen of Phoenix, the Phoenix Arizona Temple brings with it beauty and serenity where meditation and contemplation are welcomed upon its grounds, which are meticulously kept and pleasant to behold.
The pools located in the front of the temple provide a soothing water flow which signifies life, vitality and continuity as the waters gently glide over the pool walls and into the smooth stones below.
To devout Mormon Christians, the edifice signifies their commitment to Jesus Christ and His teachings about the Eternal nature of humans and their divine connections with Deity. The completion of the Phoenix Arizona Temple brings with it blessings akin to those bestowed upon Jerusalem by the building of Solomon's Temple.
The Lord has now a Holy House in the City of Phoenix permanently establishing a presence here of the higher ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints such as marriage for the living and posthumous vicarious marriage for ancestors.
It represents holiness to the Lord welcoming the mark of an especial House of God that stands apart from the multitude of religious houses of worship dotting the Metropolitan Phoenix area.
Mormon Christians really believe ALL can receive the Gospel of Christ!
The sacred ordinances are what constitutes what Malachi records that Elijah "shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse," Malachi 4:5-6 as recorded in the Holy Bible.
To faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ, the temple provides a connection to their ancestors. Members of the church believe that within the temple they can connect to past relatives through ordinances such as sealing or connecting each generation from the present back to Adam and Eve in an unbroken genealogical chain of Christianity.
Mormons believe that it is the responsibility of each person to make sure that deceased ancestors have the opportunity to received the saving ordinances of the gospel such as baptism.
The temples are specifically designed to complete ordinances for the dead--vicariously. With the supreme example of Jesus Christ who performed the vicarious ordinance for all the living and the dead by suffering for the sins of all people, the Atonement, the LDS Christians believe that God commands them to make sure each individual person receives the ordinances of the gospel while in this life or in the next life through a living host.
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Romans 14:9;
We dedicate it for the performing of sacred service for both the living and the dead.
Where is the Phoenix Temple on a Map?
The Phoenix Arizona Temple is beautiful yet small compared to others in the state.
Though its size is diminished in comparison to some of the other edifices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it serves the same in purpose and versatility to function for the living and the dead as stated by President Thomas Monson of the First Presidency of the Church in the dedicatory prayer:
Now, our Beloved Father, acting in the authority of the Holy Priesthood which comes from Thee, and in the name of Thy Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we dedicate this, the Phoenix Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as Thy house and the house of Thy Son. We dedicate it for the administering of those ordinances and covenants which are eternal and everlasting. We dedicate it for the performing of sacred service for both the living and the dead.
To LDS Christians, the temple points them to Christ as they perform for themselves and others ordinances now available in the Phoenix area for the faithful. Now Phoenician Saints do not need to leave their beloved city to do the work they so love in the temple. To the world and the city of Phoenix, the temple represents a symbol of the Lord's divine protection as long as Christians and the faithful follow God's teachings faithfully.
Token of Faith
Temples worship is the pillar of LDS Christian worship, the pinnacle of faith within that community. Just as in ancient times among the chosen people of God the House of Israel, God requires a covenant people. In the temple is where the modern day person of God makes those covenants in the name of Jesus Christ.
As a symbol of their faith and covenant, the Jewish men received circumcision of the foreskin as a personal and intimate reminder of their sacred duty to Jehovah. Today, as a toke of their faith to Christ and a physical representation of their faith, LDS Christians wear a sacred garment as a reminder of their covenant to God.
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The Video to the right provides information about the garment and its purpose. All LDS Christians who prepare themselves through righteous living receive ordinances that lead them to take the garment on as a means to further remind them of their commitment to Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Now, in Phoenix, LDS Christians can make covenants to live the law of Christ to love all people and do kind to all people. Such covenants can only improve the climate of the City!
Did you know that Mormons use temples in addition to church buildings for their worship?
The Church of Jesus Christ has temples in many parts of the world on every continent. It has over 15 million members and performs many humanitarian missions. Chances are that a Mormon lives near or works with you!
Ask a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the temple. He or she will be happy to tell you about it. You can also click on THIS LINK to find out information from the official website of the church about temples or talk to a missionary.
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