Many are curious about the Mormon Temples. There are questions regarding the origins, theology, ceremonies and rituals. Questions such as “Can I go inside of a Mormon Temple?”, “What are Mormon weddings like?”, “Is it true Mormons baptize for the dead?”, or “What is the purpose of a Mormon Temple?” all regularly surface on the internet. Although members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are eager to answer questions and clarify misconceptions, it is a broad subject which often cannot be fully covered nor satisfied in a brief conversation.
This page is designed to more fully answer your temple questions and offers the opportunity for in-depth temple study. Additionally, this information is intended to allay any possible fears, concerns or misconceptions you may have. It is my hope that you will discover new insight, respect, reverence and understanding on this beautiful and sacred subject.
There may be much more information here than interests you. Please think of this page as a banquet table that I have set out. You may select the portions that interest you. Conversely, you may wish to feast on all of the information over several visits. I invite you to return as often as you like, as there is much to absorb.
In 2002 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a documentary about Temples called “Between Heaven and Earth”. Respected international religious scholars were invited to participate, adding fascinating commentary and insight as a part of this comprehensive film. Among the notable authorities featured are Frank Moore Cross (Harvard Divinity School), Krister Stendahl (Emeritus Lutheran Bishop of Stockholm), Lawrence Schiffman (Hebrew Studies NYU), John Lundquist, Truman Madsen, President Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, among others.
The entire length is 44 minutes. It has been broken down into five sequential segments. Headings designate subject matter covered.
Part One: Temples Ancient and Modern
Part Two: Temple Worship
Part Three: Temple Symbols and Eternal Families
Part Four: Temple Vicarious Work – baptisms for the dead
Part Five: Mormon Temples – Construction, Buildings, Open Houses & Dedication