If you’re familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you’ve probably at least seen pictures of Mormon temples.
Mormon chapels are where Sunday worship services and other meetings throughout the week are held. On the other hand, Mormon temples are separate buildings (typically larger) where Mormons participate in sacred ordinances, such as marriage.
Additionally, all visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend Sunday worship services at chapels. To enter a temple, however, an individual must be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing.
What ordinances are performed in temples?
There are several types of ordinances in Mormon temples:
- Baptism for the dead
- Endowment ceremony
- Marriage / sealing
Do Mormons consider temples to be secret?
No, but the ordinances performed in temples are very sacred to Mormons. Therefore, as you might expect, Mormons don’t talk lightly about these personal experiences or details. However, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invite all to prepare themselves to attend the temple by learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and being baptized.
How many temples are there?
There are approximately 130+ temples constructed with more being built each year. These temples are in diverse areas throughout the world to make it accessible for all Mormon members to attend. Recently, President Thomas S. Monson mentioned that 83% of Mormons now live within 200 miles of a temple. This percentage will continue to rise as temples are constructed.