July 24th is a state holiday in Utah called Pioneer Day. It’s celebrated each year on July 24 to mark the day Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Because one of the first thing the pioneers did when they got to Utah was build a temple, we thought we’d highlight some of the temples around the world built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
According to Mormon.org, the LDS church has more than 100 operating temples around the world. Temples are considered the holiest buildings on earth to Mormons and are places of prayer and worship. While anyone may visit a temple during its open house period right after it has been built, once a temple has been dedicated (had a special prayer said over it to dedicate it to the Lord and designate it as a sacred structure) only fully active member of the LDS church may enter it.
Inside the temple church members participate in ordinances. One ordinance performed in the temple is marriage. Another, that made headlines several months ago, is baptism for deceased persons. Mormon.org said in the temple members “learn eternal truths; receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents; and provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
In a recent television special, Barbara Walters interviewed several leaders of different faiths about heaven. During her interview she talked to William R. Walker, a leader in the LDS church who oversees the temple department. Walters and Williams talk about the temple’s celestial room and how temples help members of the LDS church think about heaven (starting at 17:55 – the pictures from inside the temple are gorgeous). He said the temple acts as a reminder “that we’re on our way back to God. We’re on our way back to heaven. That’s our objective.”
Check out the pictures in this post of some of the Mormon temples around the world, then head back to Newscom to see more.
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