BYU

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Topic(s): Doctrine and Theology: Temple Worship and Ordinances
Why do Latter-day Saints build temples?

In the temple, holy truths are taught and solemn covenants are made in the name of Jesus Christ, both by the individual members on their own behalf and as proxies on behalf of others who have died (the latter have the choice in the spirit world to accept or reject such vicarious service). Various ordinances including baptisms for the dead, washings and anointings, endowments, and sealings are performed inside the temple. In the endowment, participants watch and hear figurative presentations in which scenes are acted out, depicting why the earth was created and how one may come to dwell again in God's presence. The words of the endowment set forth eternal principles to be used in solving life's dilemmas, and they mark the way to become more Christlike and progressively qualify to live with God.

Temple participants also make covenants and receive promises and blessings. Sealings consist of temple marriages and the sealings of families that are solemnized for time and eternity. Members generally receive their endowment shortly before serving a mission or being married. In order to enter a dedicated temple, members must be worthy, present a temple recommend from their Church leaders, and men must hold the Melchizedek priesthood. Latter-day Saints do not talk about the details of the temple ceremony outside the temple because they are sacred. The temple is an ideal place to worship through meditation, renewal, prayer, and quiet service.

Written By:
Immo Luschin -
He was employed in Frankfurt, Germany by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a translator of the Book of Mormon.
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