|Why these Temples?
President Gordon B. Hinckley explains why mormons
Preparing Our Families for the Temple
Carol B. Thomas
discusses the importance of mormon temples (from April 1999 General Conference).
Latter-day Saint Temple Worship and Activity
"Performing ordinances and seeking the will of the Lord
in the temple are a sacred and meaningful form of worship in Latter-day Saint religious
life." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Functions of Temples
The mormon temple is the primal central holy place dedicated to the worship
of God and the perfecting of his covenant people. In the temple faithful members of the mormon church may enter
into covenants with the Lord. Mormon temples are also a place where members can perform baptisms for the dead.
Mormon Temple Sealings
"A 'sealing,' as a generic term, means the securing, determining, or
establishment of a bond of legitimacy. Among members of the Church sealing refers to the
marriage of a husband and wife and to the joining together of children and parents in
relationships that are to endure forever."
Once a mormon temple is dedicated, ceremonies in the temple are only for members of the
Church who have a current identification card, called a temple recommend.
Why is a Temple
A discussion of the reasons that temple recommends are required to enter
the House of the Lord.
Discussing the teachings of the temple
A discussion of why some details of temple ceremonies are not discussed
outside the temple.
Latter-day Saints, who have been to the temple,
wear sacred garments under their regular clothing to remind them of the sacred covenants
that they have made with God.
The Temple Garment
Elder Carlos E. Asay discusses the importance of the temple garment.
The concept of getting a new name is symbolic of many things
including a new identity, a new life, a new beginning. It's a refreshing of
"An Endowment house is a building or place where certain temple
ordinances may be administered, outside of the temple itself." Encyclopedia of
"Among Latter-day Saints, the sacred ceremony of the Hosanna Shout is
usually reserved for temple dedications." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
I Hope You Will Teach Your Children About the Temple
President Ezra Taft Benson gives an
address given at the Logan Temple Centennial, 17 May 1984.
the Temple Blessings
At April 1999 General Conference, Elder Richard G. Scott discusses the
importance of eternal marriage.
Temple and the Atonement
Truman G. Madsen discusses the theological importance of Temples to
Make Families Forever - Church Media Kit
Salvation for the Dead
"A distinctive doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints is that the dead as well as the living may receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every man, woman, and child who has ever lived or who ever will live on this earth will
have full opportunity, if not in this life then in the next, to embrace or reject the
gospel in its purity and fulness." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Mormon Temple Ceremony
"The ordinances performed only in the temple are baptisms for the
dead, washings and anointings, endowments, and marriages or sealings for eternity. " Encyclopedia
Baptism for the Dead
"Baptism for the dead is the proxy performance of the ordinance of
baptism for one deceased. Joseph Smith taught, "If we can baptize a man in the name
of the Father [and] of the Son and of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins it is just
as much our privilege to act as an agent and be baptized for the remission of sins for and
in behalf of our dead kindred who have not heard the gospel or fulness of it" Encyclopedia
Washings and Anointings
"The washings and anointings of the biblical period have a parallel
today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Encyclopedia of
The Temple Endowment
"An Endowment generally is a gift, but in a specialized sense it is a
course of instruction, ordinances, and covenants given only in dedicated temples of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
History of Latter-day
Saint Temples From 1831 to 1990
"Latter-day Saints are a temple-building people.
Theirs is a history of temples projected and built, often under intense opposition." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
LDS Temple Dedications
"A temple dedication is a supremely sacred ceremonial enactment in
the Church, which consecrates the building to the Lord before the beginning of temple
ordinance work." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
of Mormon Temples
"The administration and internal working of a temple are designed to
reflect the faith of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that each
temple is in every way 'The House of the Lord.'"
Temples Through the Ages
"The center of the community in ancient Israel and in other parts of
the ancient Near East was the temple, an institution of the highest antiquity." Encyclopedia
"For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the
spirit of Elijah is the spirit of family kinship and unity. It is the spirit that
motivates the concern to search out ancestral family members through family history; and, on their behalf, to
perform proxy baptisms, temple
endowments, and sealing ordinances (HC 6:252)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
"In LDS temples, altars ...play a major role. Kneeling by them,
Latter-day Saints participate in covenant-making ceremonies." Encyclopedia of
Early Christian Temple
Various articles discussing similarities between early Christian temple
work and modern LDS temple worship.
Temples and Catholic Cathedrals
Thoughts about an essay written by a Catholic priest about