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What are Mormon temples used for?

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Temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred structures on the earth.

Anciently, the Lord directed Solomon to build a temple (1 Chronicles 28:1-6). This temple was a place where God could dwell, was a place of prayer, was a place of sacrifice and was a place where the principle and covenant of sacrifice was fundamental to worship.

At the time of the Restoration, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to once again build temples on the earth. Like ancient temples, today’s temples are also sacred places where God may dwell; they are places of prayer and, although we no longer offer animal sacrifices because that was done away with when Jesus Christ became the Eternal Sacrifice for our sins, the principle and covenant of sacrifice is fundamental to our temple worship.

In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God.

In the temple, members:

  • Learn eternal truths.
  • Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6).
  • Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29); 1 Peter 4:6)
  • Temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred structures on the earth. Anciently, the Lord directed Solomon to build a temple (1 Chronicles 28:1-6). This temple was a place where God could dwell, was a place of prayer, was a place of sacrifice and was a place where the principle and covenant of sacrifice was fundamental to worship. At the time of the Restoration, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to once again build temples on the earth. Like ancient temples, today’s temples are also sacred places where God may dwell; they are places of prayer and, although we no longer offer animal sacrifices because that was done away with when Jesus Christ became the Eternal Sacrifice for our sins, the principle and covenant of sacrifice is fundamental to our temple worship. In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple, members: Learn eternal truths. Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29); 1 Peter 4:6) Show more

  • A temple is a house of the Lord, a place where we may worship our Heavenly Father and feel of His presence. It is a sacred place where no unclean thing can enter. Because of the importance and sacredness of the temple, a temple recommend is required and is received based on individual worthiness within the church in order to enter its holy walls. The temple is where I go to find answers, to find peace, and to feel the Spirit. We are encouraged to go as often as possible and to attend seeking Spiritual guidance. Inside we perform sacred ordinances for ourselves and more often for others, those who are deceased. God requires that all to make covenants in order to return to His presence and many died without the opportunity to make these covenants. In the temple we perform the ordinances for them in their name giving them the opportunity to reject or accept the ordinance and thus enter into the presence of the Father. The temple is a very sacred and holy place. Show more

  • . On June 8th 2013 our family got to go through the temple Las Vegas and make our family forever. That was the most important day of my life because I was given the opportunity to be able to return to live with my heavenly father with my family. and now I can return to the temple and perform ordinances for others who have died and didn't get a chance to do them when they were alive so that everyone who has ever lived will have the chance to receive the same ordinances needed to return back to our heavenly father. Show more

  • They are peaceful, pure places, where only those who have committed to live the most discipled lives can go to ponder and pray. They are places where we learn about God's plan for all of humanity, and where we promise to do all in our power to help all of His children, and receive promises that we can be with Him as well. We wear white clothing that is simple, and remove our watches and bling, to demonstrate a willingness to let go of our day-to-day concerns to focus on the real things: people, and their worth to God. Show more

  • To a Mormon, a temple is one of the most sacred places one can go on earth. We believe the temple is God's house and that we are able to go there and receive instruction that He would want us to learn. A lot of people use the temple as a refuge from daily life. It is a place where we can go and be in a Heaven-like setting for awhile. In the temple families are united together forever. The temple is a place where we can go and receive special gifts from God. We also believe the temple is a place where we can assist our departed ancestors with eternal exaltation. The temple is sacred and not secret. Show more

  • Going to the temple and going to church are two different things. While Mormons go to church every week, they are encouraged to go to the temple "regularly". In our area, we are encouraged to go every month. I love going to the temple because there is a palpable peace in the temple. It is the Lord's house. When I lived in New York City, going to the temple was a unique experience because you step right from the noisy horns and traffic into the peace and solitude of the temple. Living in such a fast-paced and loud world-- wherever we live--, that peace is needed. I gain a better perspective of life when I go to the temple. Show more

  • Mormon temples are used to expand our knowledge of god and his son, and also to perform ordinances for the dead and seal families together for time and all eternity. Show more

  • Mormon temples are used to connect family relationships beyond the grave. When I chose to get married in the temple, I chose to be married to my husband, not just until "death do you part", but for "time and all eternity". It's not a simple difference of wording, however, that will make my marriage eternal. The ceremony is conducted by individuals who have the authority of the priesthood talked about in Matthew 16:19, where it is said: “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven...." Through the power of the priesthood authority, my husband and I will be "bound together" forever with our children if we live worthily of those blessings by living the commandments and relying on the Lord, Jesus Christ, who has the power and grace to save us. We believe that the purpose of this life is to prepare us for the next life; we have been put in specific family groups for a reason. One of our most prominent family goals is to keep our sights on Heaven, to live as close to God as we can, and one day return to His presence to be together forever with our loved ones. The temple reminds us of the bigger picture--the eternal plan. It is a place of worship that is designed to strengthen individuals in the gospel, to help bring peace and solace, and most critically, to strengthen families. Show more

  • Temples are used to perform sacred ordinances necessary for salvation. One of these is a temple marriage--making it possible to be together as a family for eternity. Since these ordinances are sacred, only members who are striving to live the gospel may enter. All members are strongly encouraged to become and/or stay worthy to enter the temple. Members also go to the temple to seek guidance, comfort, and personal revelation from God. Show more

  • Simply put, temples are places where the family is bound together for time and all eternity. The ordinance performed there are for that very purpose. Our ultimate goal is to be worthy to go to the temple and bind our families from the present generation going back. In the temple we make sacred covenants and learn of the divine nature of mankind. Show more

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