"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord, that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord, that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High"

Doctrine & Covenants 88: 119-120
submit to reddit
Draper, Utah Temple Entrance

Welcome to The Latter-Day Saint Temple Interior Tour

A pictorial look inside temples of the LDS Church

The temple is a hallowed place for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Temples are sacred space where the covenants that seal families through the eternities are established. Latter-day Saints feel that temples are literally God's house, and revere the edifices as such.

LDS Church temples differ from church meeting houses where Sunday worship services are held. These services include a sacrament meeting, which entails singing hymns, sermons given by congregation members, and receiving the sacrament remembering the body and blood of Christ. Church services also include Sunday school classes, where scriptures and church doctrines are taught; and priesthood and relief society meetings. Baptisms and confirmations of new LDS Church members, which can be attended by any family member, friend or associate of the new member, are also performed in local church buildings that have a baptismal font.

Temples, however, are reserved and set apart for the higher priesthood blessings of the church that tie and bind families together for eternity. These blessings are conferred through ceremonies that include baptisms for the dead, endowments and sealings. After death and resurrection, couples and families will no longer by related and joined together by blood, legal pronouncements or verbal commitments. We won't have blood, governments don't have jurisdiction in Heaven, and verbal agreements have always been as valid as the paper they're written on. All those relationships are null and void at death. The only power and authority in effect and recognized in Heaven is the power and authority of God's priesthood. The same priesthood that Christ conferred to Peter with the power to "bind on earth and in Heaven". (Matthew 18:18) The purpose, significance and symbolism of these temple ordinances, and of the temple itself, is explained further on each of the pages of this temple tour.

Once a LDS temple is completed and dedicated, only church members who have been interviewed by both their bishop and stake president and hold valid temple recommends may enter. This is done to sustain the reverent spirit that should prevail in the House of God.

However, after a temple is completed and prior to the dedication the temples are open for the public to view and tour. Since many people I know across the Internet have not had the opportunity to tour through a Mormon temple and see how beautiful the various rooms inside are, I'm providing this pictorial temple tour. I still highly recommended attending an actual temple tour at a public open house. The pictures are nice, but you miss feeling the spirit that's present there.

There are temples planned or under construction at Barranquilla, Colombia; Concepcíon, Chile; Durban, South Africa; Fort Collins, Colorado; Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil; Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Lisbon, Portugal; Meridian, Idaho; Provo, Utah; Paris, France; Star Valley, Wyoming; Cedar City, Utah; Tijuana, Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Urdaneta, Philippines; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cordoba, Argentina; Payson, Utah; Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Rome, Italy; Sappora, Japan; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Arequipa and Trujillo, Peru. Check back for Temple Open House information.

Inside The Salt Lake Temple
See interior pictures and read information of the historic Salt Lake Temple

See Pictures

Symbols on the Salt Lake Temple
See pictures of the symbols carved on the Salt Lake Temple walls and learn about their meanings

See Pictures

Ogden Temple Renovation
See comparison pictures of the Ogden Temple interior and exterior from 1971 and 2014

See Pictures

Temple Foyers
and Recommend Desks

See pictures of temple entries

See Pictures

Temple Waiting Rooms
See pictures of temple waiting areas

See Pictures

Temple Main Hallways
See pictures of some temple main hallways

See Pictures

Temple Grand Stairways
and Stained Glass

See pictures of some of my favorite stained glass and grand staircases within various temples

See Pictures

Temple Baptismal Fonts
See pictures of temple baptistries and learn more about the LDS practice of vicarious baptisms for the dead

See Pictures

Temple Endowment Rooms
See pictures of temple ordinance rooms and learn about what is taught inside

See Pictures

Temple Celestial Room
See pictures of the celestial room in various temples and read about its significance

See Pictures

Temple Bride's Room
See pictures of the rooms where brides prepare for their temple weddings

See Pictures

Temple Sealing Rooms
See pictures of sealing rooms where temple marriage are solemnized, and learn about the symbolism

See Pictures

Temple Information Videos