House of the Lord:
After a Mormon temple is built, but before it is dedicated with a prayer, an open house is held and anyone can come and tour these beautiful, sacred buildings. Once a temple is dedicated only worthy members of the Church (those who have a temple recommend) may enter and worship in the house of the Lord.
Ordinances and Covenants:
- Baptism and Confirmation (only for the dead)
- Endowment (a gift of power from God)
- Temple Marriage (called a sealing)
- Other Sealings (children to parents)
Entering a Mormon Temple:
A recommend is a special card showing a member's worthiness to enter the temple and must have the appropriate signatures. To receive a temporary temple recommend a person meets with their bishop, and for those receiving a regular recommend they also meet with a member of their stake presidency.
Mormon Temple Clothing:
During some of the ordinances sacred temple clothing is worn. This clothing is either purchased or rented (only available in some temples) and is sacred and symbolic to the temple covenants and ordinances. The white temple clothing symbolizes reverence and purity.
Mormon Temple Garments:
The temple garment serves as a constant reminder of the temple's sacred ordinances and covenants. Because of the sacredness of the temple garment, it is not shown or talked about with those who have not received their own temple endowment.
Temple Work for the Dead:
Members of the Church research their family history (genealogy) to seek out the names and information of their ancestors and then perform the temple ordinances in their behalf, such as baptisms for the dead. Those people in the spirit world can then accept or reject the work that has been done for them.
Temples In History:
"Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. Today the Church is heeding the Lord's call to build temples all over the world, making temple blessings more available for a great number of our Heavenly Father’s children" ("Temples," True to the Faith, 2004, 170–74).
Mormon Temples Worldwide:
"Building and properly using a temple is one of the marks of the true Church in any dispensation, and is especially so in the present day" ("Temple," Bible Dictionary, 781).As of 2009, the Church has over 146 temples worldwide that are active, announced, or under construction. There are temples in North, Central and South America, in Asia, the Middle East, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. (See the official Mormon Temple website for exact locations, photographs, and other temple facts and information.)
Preparing to Enter the Temple:
Before a person enters the temple for the first time to perform their personal ordinances, they will attend a temple preparation class. They will be given a copy of the booklet, "Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple." This booklet, adapted from The Holy Temple by Boyd K. Packer, is free from the Church's Distribution Center and anyone can order a copy for themselves. Also see 10 ways to spiritually prepare to enter the temple.
I know the temple is the house of the Lord and that the sacred, beautiful ordinances and covenants made there are promises we make with the Lord and are blessings He bestows upon us.