15 October 2014
Mormon temples are the holiest places of worship on earth for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within these sacred walls, participants commit to live ethical and morally upright lives and to be faithful to their spouse and family.
Latter-day saints consider temples to be "The House of The Lord," and take great care in their construction and maintenance. They are designed to fit harmoniously into the communities they call home and include beautifully kept gardens and green spaces that are open to the public.
Temples are distinct from Mormon chapels. Sunday worship services are held in community meetinghouses and are open to everyone. Temple services are attended Tuesday through Saturday at scheduled intervals by small groups of church members.
Mormons believe that through the grace of Jesus Christ all humanity can return to live with God. Religious observances such as baptism are an important part of accepting the divine gift heavenly Father wants all of his children to receive.
Some of these ordinances are sacred ceremonies performed in Temples and include making special promises, or "covenants", to put the teachings of Jesus Christ into practice. Because some people do not have the opportunity to participate in these ordinances during life, Mormons perform them by proxy for ancestors who have passed on.
Latter-day Saints also believe that having their marriage blessed or "sealed" in the temple allows family relationships to endure beyond the grave. While legal marriage is binding "until death do us part", marriages sealed in the temple can be "for time and all eternity".
Temple worship is an essential aspect of religious practice for latter-day saints. It is a source of renewal and inner peace that give meaning to life, and strengthens their commitment to love and serve others.