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What you need to know about LDS (Mormon) Temples

Updated on May 20, 2015

What is so special about LDS or Mormon Temples?

Many things have been written about Mormon Temples, and many people wonder what happens inside of the Temple. There are many resources, some good, some false, about the ordinances that take place there, and I will make brief mention of them below. Often people focus too much on what rituals go on inside, and forget the real reason why the Temple is so sacred. It is the spirit of the Lord you feel when you are inside of his house.

The spirit of the Lord that is present in a dedicated House of the Lord is almost tangible, and in the quietest of places, comes peace that surpasses understanding, and pure flow of righteous thought that can bring peace to the most humble, and yet enlighten the brightest mind. The very angels of heaven are there to protect all who go there so that they can feel the spirit of God unhindered by the cares of the world.

Vancouver Temple Celestial Room
Vancouver Temple Celestial Room

What goes on inside LDS or Mormon Temples

What is so special about them

Since the beginning of Time, even before Solomon's Temple, God has commanded temples to be built. People have long gone to temples to feel closer to God. That is the main purpose of the temple. To feel closer to God. In 2 Samuel 7:5 the Lord directs to build him a house to dwell in, and in 1 Kings (8:29, 9:3) God says his name shall be there, and that He has hallowed his house.

Many things have been written about Mormon Temples, and many people wonder what happens inside of the Temple. There are many resources, some good, some false, about the ordinances that take place there, and I will make brief mention of them below. But often people focus too much on what rituals go on inside, and forget the real reason why the Temple is so sacred.

The answer is inscribed on every Mormon Temple, "Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord." When we go to church we learn of him, but very few places on earth have been dedicated specifically as the House of the Lord. Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) are these places.

All of the ordinances, all of the rituals inside, are symbolic in one way or another of the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Everything. It is intended to lead people back to their Father in Heaven. It is intended to help them feel closer to the Savior, and to want to do his will, and to serve others.

First is the washings and annointings that happen in the Temple. They are symbolic of many things, and describe blessings we are able to have both here and after we die if we remain clean from sin through reliance on the atonement.

Secondly is the endowment, where we are endowed with power from on high. This references Luke 24:49, where the Savior spoke to his apostles and told them to teach and baptize but to tarry at Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. Again the main symbolism is of the Savior, and returning to Heaven to be in his presence after living lives devoted to him.

Finally is the sealing ordinance where couples are sealed to each other and to God. This has as reference Matthew 16:19 where Peter is told that he has power that what he binds on earth will be bound in heaven.

These ordinances are done for the living, and for those of our ancestors who have passed away. The Lord wants all of his children to feel of his love, and so his plans for the benefit of God's children are not just for those on earth, but stretch from before the foundations of the earth and into the eternities. The gratitude of these righteous spirits who have gone before can be felt as you sit in the temple doing work for the dead.

This has reference to 1 Corinthians 15:29 where Paul talks about people being baptized for the dead. He is telling the Corinthians that the dead do rise, and that is why baptisms for the dead are done. This is one of the most wonderful things that can be done, that our ancestors who lived good lives, but didn't have the opportunity to be baptized may be baptized by proxy, and have the chance to accept or reject that sacred, saving ordinance, which was even required of the Savior when he was here on earth "To fulfill all righteousness."

But the most important thing of all these ordinances done in temples is the spirit of the Lord that is present in a dedicated House of the Lord. It is almost tangible, and in the quietest of places, comes peace that surpasses understanding, and pure flow of righteous thought that can bring peace to the most humble, and yet enlighten the brightest mind. The very angels of heaven are there to protect all who go there so that they can feel the spirit of God unhindered by the cares of the world.

And when you go there, you can feel, sometimes, as if God is right next to you, just beyond the veil, for you can feel a glory and a purity that is beyond what is able to be experienced in this earth life. You are able to know and feel of the Love the Savior has for you, and of the Love our Father in Heaven has for his children. That is the main reasons why so many Latter-Day Saints go to the temple, and I believe why Temple open houses are attended by so many. So they can feel that sense of closeness to their Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ.

With so many conflicting ideas about the rituals that are done in the temple, I wanted to say what the real reason is that people continue to go to the temple, and why more and more people are going.

Because they feel closer to God.

All of these ordinances point to the Savior, and following him. All of the rituals done have scriptural basis.

I hope you have felt the spirit of the temple as you have read this. You may have questions, but if you do, ask God, the eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are true. And be willing to take action on the answer you get. I have, and have experienced the sweetest spiritual experiences because of it. I know that God Lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and my Savior and Redeemer, and I know that the Temple is the House of the Lord, for when I go there, I feel the spirit more strong than any other place, and I feel as if the place I walk on is holy ground.

You don't have to take the word of others. You can find out for yourself by visiting a temple visitors center, walking on it's grounds. You can feel the spirit that is there when people testify of the spirit that is there at the temple. Then you can pray and ask God if temples are his holy houses.

If you do want to find out more, you can go to http://www.lds.org/church/temples , or to find out more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints you can go to http://www.mormon.org , or to request a free Book of Mormon, you can go to http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon . Or Read the promise of the book of Mormon Online now https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/10

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nicely expressed. I did enjoy what you shared especially that you quoted scriptures as well : )