What are Mormon Temples?

A Mormon temple is not a weekly meeting place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). As in the days of ancient Israel, temples are sacred buildings where God’s presence resides which are used for special worship services. In them, Mormons make covenants and receive ordinances for themselves and for those who have died without knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. These ordinances include baptisms for the dead, the endowment—an ordinance in which we make promises, receive a greater understanding of God’s relationship to man, and are endowed with greater power to accomplish God’s work on the Earth, to resist temptation, and to receive eternal life through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection—and marriage sealings, which makes it possible to be with our families forever.

Why Won’t My Mormon Friends Tell Me the Details of What Happens in Temples?

Contrary to popular belief, Mormons want everyone to know exactly what happens in our temples. However, the nature of temple worship is so sacred that only those who have prepared themselves spiritually can be privileged to worship in them and know what happens there. Furthermore, the knowledge received by worshiping in the temple is also so sacred that the only proper place to discuss it is within the temple. And even within the temple, Mormons rarely discuss temple ordinances, covenants, or practices.

Our Invitation to You

To all of you who wish to know what goes on within our temples, we invite you to learn more about what Mormons believe. You should learn more about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Church by talking with the Mormon missionaries. Then you may qualify yourself by having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repenting of your sins, being baptized by a man with the authority of the Priesthood, receiving the Holy Ghost, and obeying the commandments which God has revealed through His ancient and modern prophets.

Moreover, if you live in an area where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is building or has recently built a temple, take advantage of the time when the Church opens the temple to the general public. These are called temple open houses, and occur for at least several days before the temple will be dedicated as a place of worship. After the open house, the Mormon temple will close, and only qualified members will be able to enter.

For More Information
Mormon Temples - Wikipedia
Mormon Temples and Secrecy
Early Christianity and Mormonism: The LDS Temple Endowment: An Introduction