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.