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Questions and Answers about the Temple

What is a temple?

A temple is a sacred place to worship Heavenly Father.

It is a place to make covenants with Heavenly Father.

It is a place to feel His Spirit.

It is a place of reverence, peace, beauty, and learning.

When can I go to the temple?

You can go to see a temple at any age. Your family can walk or drive around the temple grounds.

If you are worthy, when you are 12 you can go inside the temple and be baptized for people who didn’t get baptized when they lived on earth. Baptismal fonts in temples are set on the backs of 12 oxen. The oxen represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

When you are an adult, you can go to the temple to receive your endowment. The endowment is a gift of knowledge and blessings from Heavenly Father.

What are some other rooms in the temple?

After you receive your endowment, you go into the celestial room. The beauty and reverence help you feel close to Heavenly Father.

A sealing room is where a man and a woman are sealed in marriage for eternity. They receive blessings, and if they are faithful they and their children will be together for eternity.

What is a temple recommend?

To enter another country, you need a passport to show that you are a citizen of your country. To enter the temple, you need a temple recommend to show that you are a worthy member of the Church. Beginning at age 12, young men and young women may get a temple recommend to do baptisms for the dead. Young men need to hold the Aaronic Priesthood. You can get a recommend by going to your bishop or branch president or one of his counselors. He will ask you if you keep the commandments and if you have a testimony. If you do, he will sign your recommend, showing that you are worthy to enter the house of the Lord. Children who are going to the temple to be sealed to their parents also receive recommends.

What do I wear to the temple?

You should wear the same kind of modest, clean clothes that you wear on Sundays when you go to church.

What do I wear in the temple?

After you enter the temple, you will be given white clothes to change into. In the temple everyone wears white.

Why is a statue of the angel Moroni on top of many temples?

Moroni wrote the last book of the Book of Mormon on the gold plates and buried the plates in the Hill Cumorah. Many years later, Joseph Smith translated the plates. Moroni reminds us that the gospel has been restored to the earth.

Can people who are not members of the Church go inside temples?

After a temple is built but before it is dedicated, an open house is held. Those who attend are invited to walk through the temple with a guide who explains the purpose of temples and why they are so important to members of the Church. After temples are dedicated, only Church members with temple recommends may enter.

Where in the scriptures can I read about temples?

Isaiah prophesied about temples: Isaiah 2:1–3

Jesus taught in the temple when He was 12 years old: Luke 2:42–49

Jesus taught in the temple during His ministry: John 8:2

Jesus cast people who were buying and selling out of the temple: Matthew 21:12–14

Jesus taught daily in the temple: Mark 14:49

Nephi built a temple: 2 Nephi 5:16

King Benjamin spoke to the Nephites at the temple in Zarahemla: Mosiah 1:18–2:7

Christ appeared at the temple in Bountiful: 3 Nephi 11:1–17

The Lord described what a temple is like: D&C 88:119


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A Temple Is the House of the Lord

Judy Edwards, “Sharing Time: A Temple Is the House of the Lord,” Friend, Jan 1993, 14

It is thy house, a place of thy holiness (D&C 109:13).

Have you ever wondered what Heavenly Father’s house in heaven looks like? We can only imagine how wonderful it is. As we try to imagine it, we can think about our own houses here on earth. Homes are different for different people. Some children live in houses made of brick, others in houses made of wood. Homes can be apartments, simple huts, even boats.

Whatever your home looks like, the most important thing about it is what is found inside. If a house if filled with love and kindness, it is a beautiful place.

Heavenly Father also wants to have a beautiful house here upon the earth where we can visit and feel His love. He has commanded us to build houses for Him where we can hear His messages and receive important blessings. These houses are called temples. It is in God’s temple that we may best worship and make important covenants, or promises, with Him.

Because each temple is a holy place, those who enter the temple must be worthy. They must keep Heavenly Father’s commandments. In this way love, beauty, and holiness will continue to be found there.


1. Remove page 15 from the magazine. Mount it on heavy paper or lightweight cardboard, then cut along the broken lines.

2. On page 3, draw a picture of the temple nearest your home. Color all the pictures.

3. Punch holes where indicated, and make a booklet by threading the pages together in order with yarn or heavy string. Tie the yarn in a bow on the front of the booklet. Turn the pages one by one as you sing “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, page 95).

I Love to See the Temple

By Janice Kapp Perry

1. I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday

2. To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.

3. For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.

4. I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.

5. I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.

6. I’ll covenant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.

7. For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.

8. As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A family is forever.

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Using “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, page 95) as a guide, list and discuss some of the things that a person does in the temple: feel the Holy Spirit, listen, pray, covenant with Heavenly Father, be sealed together as families.

2. Explain that in the temple, people wear special white clothing that represents purity, cleanliness, holiness, and righteousness. In your discussion, use “They shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.” (Rev. 3:4–5.) Talk about other times in our lives when we wear white (baptism, marriage, and burial).

3. Show a picture of the temple nearest you. Have younger children draw a picture of themselves standing outside the temple. Discuss with older children the history of their temple. Encourage them to write their feelings about it in their own journals.

4. Invite a Primary child who has been to the temple for a dedication or sealing to share his feelings about the experience, or invite an adult to briefly tell the Primary children of blessings he has received from going to the temple.

5. Invite the bishop or branch president to discuss temple worthiness and temple recommends with the children.

Filed under: Lesson 13: My Family Can Be Together Forever, Lesson 26: Families Can Be Together Forever, Lesson 35: Temples and Eternal Families, Temple, , , , , ,

Temples and Ordinances

Judy Edwards, “Sharing Time: Temples and Ordinances,” Friend, Mar 1993, 12

Let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people (D&C 124:40).

What is an ordinance? The word has special meaning when we use it in the Church. An ordinance is a sacred ceremony that has a spiritual meaning. When we participate in an ordinance, we often make covenants or promises to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.


Look at the pictures illustrated and see if you can identify the ordinances. Write the name of each ordinance beneath its picture, using the list below. Then read the descriptions of some of the types of ordinances we have in the Church and color the frames of the pictures as indicated. Some frames may be more than one color.

Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Blessing a baby
Celestial Marriage
Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost
Baptism for the dead

1. Some ordinances are called saving ordinances. These ordinances are necessary for salvation. Jesus described two saving ordinances when He said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Being born of water means being baptized, and being born of the Spirit means receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Other ordinances of salvation and exaltation are sealings and celestial marriage. (See D&C 131:1–2.)

Color the frames around the saving ordinances red.

2. Some ordinances are performed only in holy temples. Some of these ordinances include baptism for the dead, celestial marriage, and sealings.

Color the frames around the temple ordinances blue.

3. There are many other ordinances performed in the Church, such as partaking of the sacrament and the blessing of babies.

Color remaining frames yellow.

How grateful we should be for all the ordinances we have. We are particularly blessed to live in a time when we have holy temples upon the face of the earth and are able to receive the blessings of temples ordinances. Without temples those ordinances would not be available for us or for our loved ones who have died. Because of temples, all people who have lived upon this earth can have ordinances of salvation and exaltation performed in their behalf.

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Explain that when an ordinance is performed, we make a covenant, or promise, with Heavenly Father. (See “Covenant” in the 1993 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation Glossary and in the Bible Dictionary.) Generally discuss some of the covenants that the children may one day be blessed to make in the temple: morality, obeying the commandments, sharing with others, sacrificing, and being like Jesus.

2. Ordinances always include covenants. Have children pair each ordinance with covenants that are made when the ordinance is performed.


Sacrament (See Moro. 4; Moro. 5; D&C 20:77–79.)


Always remember Jesus
Take His name upon you
Keep His commandments


Baptism (See Mosiah 18:8–10.)


Serve the Lord
Keep His commandments
Take His name upon you
Bear one another’s burdens
Mourn with those who mourn
Comfort those in need
Stand as a witness of God

3. Invite children to tell where they were baptized. Indicate that children living in different areas of the world may be baptized in a variety of settings: baptismal fonts, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc. (See “Our Prophets’ Outdoor Baptisms,” Friend, March 1988, pages 30–31.) Explain that when we perform baptisms for the dead, it is done only in temples. (See D&C 124:29–39.) Show a picture of a temple baptismal font and explain that the design came from the Temple of Solomon and that the twelve oxen represent the twelve tribes of Israel. (See 1 Kgs. 7:23–26.)

4. Invite an older child who has performed baptisms for the dead to speak to the Primary children about his or her experience.

5. Sing “Truth from Elijah” (Children’s Songbook, page 90) and discuss family history research and how names are submitted to the temples for sealings and other temple ordinance work.

6. Invite a faithful married couple to express their feelings to the children concerning temple ordinances.

Filed under: Lesson 26: Families Can Be Together Forever, Lesson 35: Temples and Eternal Families, Temple, , , ,

The Temple Is a Happy Place


To make a mobile to remind you of happy things that happen in the temple, print and mount it on lightweight cardboard.

Illustrated by Crystal Dutson

Your Own Temple

Temple Marriage

Temple Sealings

Learning about Jesus

Baptisms for the Dead

God’s House

Next, in the space provided, draw a picture of the temple nearest your home, then color and cut out each picture, and punch holes where indicated. On the back of each picture, write about how that temple blessing makes you happy. Use string or heavy thread to tie the smaller pictures beneath the picture of your own temple and hang the mobile.

Judy Edwards, “Sharing Time: The Temple Is a Happy Place,” Friend, Jun 1993, 12

Let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have … built this house to my name (D&C 110:6).

What makes you happiest? If you choOse between something that would last for just a little while and something that would last forever, which would it be—an ice-cream cone, or a friend? a paper plane or doll, or a Book of Mormon? a baseball game, or a trip with your family?

Ice-cream cones and comic books and baseball games are all fun, but they don’t give the lasting happiness that friends, scriptures, and family do.

The temple shows us how to choose the happiest things in life—long-lasting things like love and goodness and kindness. The temple helps us learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and why we are here on earth. And temple ordinances make it possible for the best things in life to last forever.

Five Primary children said this about the temple:

“A temple is a happy place because we learn about Jesus there.” (Nicole, age 6)

“People go there to do baptisms for the dead. You have to be twelve years old, you have to go to church, and you have to live the commandments. I want to go to the temple someday.” (Melissa, age 11)

“It’s happy in the temple because you get married there. I’m going to, because that means you’ll always be sealed to your true husband.” (Amanda, age 9)

“A temple is a place where you can get a baby sealed to your family. It was pretty inside. It was quiet. I felt happy. Sometimes you have happy tears because you’re getting a baby sealed to you that you love very much.” (Corbyn, age 8)

“The temple is a place where it is always reverent. It’s a sacred place, not like any other place. It is Heavenly Father’s house.” (Joseph, age 11)

Filed under: Lesson 35: Temples and Eternal Families, Temple, , ,


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