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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and Answers about Temples
  • What is the purpose of the temple?
  • What is it like inside the temple?
  • Will members of the public ever see the inside of the temple?
  • What is the difference between a temple and a meetinghouse?
  • Is the public allowed to stroll around the grounds of the temple?
What is the purpose of the temple?
To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the temple is the "House of the Lord." It is a sacred building, and after its dedication only faithful members of the Church may enter. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man. In addition, they participate in religious ceremonies that reach beyond mortality, such as baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors and eternal marriage.
What is it like inside the temple?
Many people are under the impression that the interior of a Latter-day Saint temple is like a great hall or cathedral. Actually, temples are made up of a number of rooms designed to accommodate certain functions such as marriages, baptisms and instructional sessions. Inside the temple, Church members change into simple, modest white clothing previous to performing their temple labors. The white temple clothing is symbolic of purity and reverence.
Will members of the public ever see the inside of the temple?
Yes. After the temple is completed, there will be an organized open house (typically multiday) for the general public. During the open house, information will be provided to explain the different functions and ceremonies performed in the temple and answer questions. After the open house, the temple will be dedicated to the Lord and open only to worthy Church members.
What is the difference between a temple and a meetinghouse?
Regular Sunday worship, instruction and other social and recreational activities occur in Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, or chapels. In temples, on the other hand, faithful members receive specific instruction about the purpose of life and their relationship to God. There they take part in family-oriented ordinances, both for themselves and in behalf of deceased ancestors. Sacred ordinances available only in temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
Will the Church use this temple as some sort of a center to proselytize our community?
No. Temples are used only for the performing of sacred ordinances and not as centers for local congregations or for proselytizing.
Is the public allowed to stroll around the grounds of the temple?
Yes. People are free to walk around the temple grounds and enjoy the scenery and beauty of the temple facade as long as they maintain the reverence that prevails in the house of the Lord. However, people are discouraged from holding picnics or social activities on temple grounds. Temples are sacred places for worship and holding such activities will disrupt the spirit of reverence in the temple.