Mormon Temple Study

Many are curious about the Mormon Temples. There are questions regarding the origins, theology, ceremonies and rituals. Questions such as “Can I go inside of a Mormon Temple?”, “What are Mormon weddings like?”, “Is it true Mormons baptize for the dead?”, or “What is the purpose of a Mormon Temple?” all regularly surface on the internet. Although members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are eager to answer questions and clarify misconceptions, it is a broad subject which often cannot be fully covered nor satisfied in a brief conversation.

LDS Bountiful Utah Temple

This page is designed to more fully answer your temple questions and offers the opportunity for in-depth temple study. Additionally, this information is intended to allay any possible fears, concerns or misconceptions you may have. It is my hope that you will discover new insight, respect, reverence and understanding on this beautiful and sacred subject.

There may be much more information here than interests you. Please think of this page as a banquet table that I have set out. You may select the portions that interest you. Conversely, you may wish to feast on all of the information over several visits. I invite you to return as often as you like, as there is much to absorb.

Between Heaven and Earth video

In 2002 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a documentary about Temples called “Between Heaven and Earth”. Respected international religious scholars were invited to participate, adding fascinating commentary and insight as a part of this comprehensive film. Among the notable authorities featured are Frank Moore Cross (Harvard Divinity School), Krister Stendahl (Emeritus Lutheran Bishop of Stockholm), Lawrence Schiffman (Hebrew Studies NYU), John Lundquist, Truman MadsenPresident Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, among others.

The entire length is 44 minutes. It has been broken down into five sequential segments. Headings designate subject matter covered.

Part One: Temples Ancient and Modern


Part Two: Temple Worship

Part Three: Temple Symbols and Eternal Families

Part Four: Temple Vicarious Work – baptisms for the dead


Part Five: Mormon Temples – Construction, Buildings, Open Houses & Dedication

This film can be ordered online for a minimal fee. I give thanks to the authors of Millenial Star and to the marvelous Temple Study folk for posting this information previously.


  1. Thanks for the link to TempleStudy!

    This is a very well-done video. One of the best I’ve seen the Church produce on the temple. I’m particularly glad to see members of other faiths express their knowledge and feelings about temples on earth, and their purpose.


  2. Thanks for this post! We just got back from Salt Lake this past weekend. The cause of going down was to be sealed in the Salt Lake temple.. it was gorgeous! Such a wonderful ceremony. And ofcourse Lagoon and Lonestar steakhouse for dinner was pretty good too. Its really amazing how going to the temples for whatever reason really ads to your testimony. I enjoy your site!


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