Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where the Lord may visit. Only the home can compare with temples in sacredness.
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.
Ordinances for the Living
The principal purpose of temples is to provide the ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All we do in the Church—our meetings and activities, our missionary efforts, the lessons we teach and the hymns we sing—should point us to the Savior and the work we do in holy temples.
One ordinance we receive in the temple is the endowment. The word endowment means “gift,” and the temple endowment truly is a gift from God. The ordinance consists of a series of instructions and includes covenants we make to live righteously and comply with the requirements of the gospel. The endowment helps us focus on the Savior, His role in our Heavenly Father’s plan, and our commitment to follow Him.
Another temple ordinance is celestial marriage, in which husband and wife are sealed to one another for eternity. A sealing performed in the temple continues forever if the husband and wife are faithful to the covenants they make.
This is Brady outside the Twin Falls, Idaho temple. He was able to tour the temple before it was dedicated to the Lord.
I consider the Salt Lake City, Utah temple - "My Temple". This is the temple I went to the first time to take out my own endowments and to be married. I was married on April 6, 1993.
I really loved this picture showing a mother with her children and the temple in the back ground. I treasure the thought of being linked or sealed together forever. To have my children with me after we die in heaven is such a great blessing.
This is the Boise, Idaho temple that I can attend anytime I want to. It is a place to reflect on heavenly things. Things that really matter in life. I love the peaceful, spiritual feelings I have when I attend the temple. My time there always renews my spirit and I feel closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father.