Friday, 19 April 2019

Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.



QUETZALTENANGO GUATEMALA TEMPLE

The all-white Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple

Waiting Room

A feature of Sealing Rooms in temples are the eternity mirrors - two mirrors placed on opposite walls where you can see yourselves reflecting endlessly

The temple is a place of peace, tranquility and quiet contemplation. As such, patrons are asked to maintain the reverence of the place by refraining from loud conversation and laughter. If it is necessary to speak, doing so in a discreet whisper is preferred. The beauty of the interior and atmosphere naturally persuades patrons to such reverence, similar to when you step foot into any religion's sacred temple, mosque or church.


"More holiness give me,
More strivings within,
More patience in suff'ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of his care,
More joy in his service,
More purpose in prayer."

(From Church Hymns, #131)







Thursday, 18 April 2019

Provo City Centre Temple


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.


PROVO CITY CENTRE TEMPLE

The Provo City Centre Temple

The Provo City Centre Temple has a real story of saving that which was lost, an essential element of Jesus Christ's teachings. While Jesus referred to going in search of the lost soul, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopted the same approach to a special building.

The Provo City Centre Temple used to be the Provo Tabernacle where meetings and various cultural events were held. Unfortunately, on 17th December, 2010, a fire destroyed the entire interior of the building with just the outer walls remaining like a shell.

What was left of the Provo Tabernacle after a fire ripped through it in December 2010


The Church decided to transform the Provo Tabernacle into a temple. Using great engineering skills, the structure unaffected by the fire was lifted onto stilts where extensive renovation began

Fully renovated, the Provo City Centre Temple now stands as a dedicated House of the Lord and the second in the city of Provo.

The Provo City Centre Temple with the mountains as a backdrop







Staircase in the Provo City Centre Temple


Door detail in the Provo City Centre Temple


A quite beautiful Bride's Room in the Provo City Centre Temple








Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Oakland California & Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.



OAKLAND CALIFORNIA TEMPLE

The Oakland California Temple illuminated at night


The Oakland Californa Temple





"High on the mountain top
A banner is unfurled.
Ye nations now look up;
It waves to all the world."

(From Church Hymns, #5)







OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN UTAH TEMPLE

Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

Staircase in the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple Baptistry

Sealing Room in the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple

In temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there are special rooms called Sealing Rooms. Here, the most glorious ordinance of the gospel revealed to man is performed. A sealing is where a husband and wife are married, or 'sealed' for time and all eternity. Also known as 'Eternal Marriage,' it is performed by an officiator who has been conferred the Priesthood of God by one in authority and given the sealing power, the same power which Jesus gave to his disciple, Peter: 

"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19)

We claim that same power has been restored to men on earth in modern times and is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eternal promises and blessings are made to couples during a sealing. I am fortunate enough to have been sealed to my wife in a temple. As long as we remain faithful to our covenants, not even death can separate us.

My wife and I on the steps of the London England Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after being married for time and all eternity in a Sealing Room by the sealing power of the Priesthood


"How beautiful thy promise, Lord,
That we may grow in truth,
And live, exalted by thy word,
In endless, glorious youth.
With loved ones sealed in holiness
By sacred temple rites,
Worlds without end we may progress
From heights to greater heights."

(From Church Hymns, #288)






Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Nauvoo Illinois Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.


NAUVOO ILLINOIS TEMPLE

The Nauvoo Illinois Temple


The Nauvoo Illinois Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds emotional and historical significance to its members. The current temple is a faithful reconstruction of the original Nauvoo Temple built by early Saints in the 1840s. Extensive research was conducted to make the new version as similar to the former as possible. The first full endowments were administered to the pioneer church members before their forced westward movement which took them to the Salt Lake Valley in often treacherous conditions.

Indeed, the original beloved Nauvoo Temple was razed by arson in 1848 and then pummeled by tornado-force winds in 1850. Opposition to the church was fierce, and prophet-leader Joseph Smith was martyred during the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. His statue, along with his brother Hyrum's, are tenderly placed outside the Nauvoo Illinois Temple as a reminder of their work and sacrifice, and ultimately their death as a testament to the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Statues of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on horseback outside the Nauvoo Illinois Temple

The Nauvoo Illinois Temple at sunset





"Holy temples on Mount Zion
In a lofty splendor shine,
Avenues to exultation,
Symbols of a love divine.
And their kindly portals beckon
To serenity and prayer,
Valiant children of the promise,
Pledged to sacred service there."

(From Church Hymns, #289)





Monday, 15 April 2019

Mexico City Mexico Temple


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.


MEXICO CITY MEXICO TEMPLE

The Mexico City Mexico Temple

Mexico City Mexico Temple

The Mexico City Mexico Temple is one of the most fascinating of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It incorporates ornate adaptations of ancient Mayan design and has been renovated twice since its original dedication. It looks like something straight of the Mayan jungle.










The Church tries to design and construct temples with very local flavours and themes so that most of them are different to each other and unique to the area in which they sit. The Mexico City Mexico Temple is one of the most striking examples.








Saturday, 13 April 2019

Logan Utah & Las Vegas Nevada Temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.


LOGAN UTAH TEMPLE

The legendary Logan Utah Temple

The Logan Utah Temple is a commanding brick fortress

The Logan Utah Temple


Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon itfrom En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
(Ezekiel 47:1-5, 8-10, 12)
Yes, the waters that Ezekiel saw gushing out from the temple represent the Living Water, or the gospel of Jesus Christ and the glorious ordinances that have been restored and are performed in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These 'waters' have the power to 'heal' every person they touch, every land they stand in. We are invited to fully immerse ourselves in these 'waters', not only go ankle deep.







LAS VEGAS NEVADA TEMPLE

A view of the Las Vegas Nevada Temple


Away from The Strip which is full of hotels and casinos, the Las Vegas Nevada Temple also shines brightly at night

Las Vegas Nevada Temple








Friday, 12 April 2019

Kansas City Missouri Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds temples all around the world where faithful members go to learn more of Jesus Christ and his plan, receive ordinances for themselves, and perform vicarious work for their deceased ancestors. These temples are beautifully constructed both inside and out. They are designed to direct our thoughts heavenward and seal families together for eternity. The redemptive work that is performed here is not to be found anywhere else on the earth. All people are invited to experience for themselves the grandeur and blessings of temple work by qualifying themselves to enter the House of the Lord.  In the meantime, I'll be taking you through the A to Z of our temples.


KANSAS CITY MISSOURI TEMPLE

Kansas City Missouri Temple


Kansas City Missouri Temple and the surrounding grounds

A temple is not only the eye-catching structure, but also includes the grounds surrounding it. The vast majority of temples have delicately and precisely landscaped grounds, as you can see in the picture above with the Kansas City Missouri Temple. No detail is wasted in the landscaping. Temple-goers also spend time around the grounds, and of course, they make for perfect photographs. The grounds provide a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere too, for non-member relatives and friends who can't go inside the temple, but are still free to admire the beauty outside the temple.





"I love to see the temple,
I'm going there someday,
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray."

(From the Children's Songbook)