Things Pertaining to This House

"Things Pertaining to This House", Ensign, Oct. 2010, 60–67


The temple’s baptismal font rests on the backs of twelve oxen (see 2 Chronicles 4:2–4), symbolically representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Following the Savior’s example of selfless service, we can perform baptisms for our ancestors who died without receiving this ordinance.

In ordinance rooms an overview is given of God’s plan for His children. Latter-day Saints learn of their premortal and mortal lives, the creation of the world and the Fall of man, the central role of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of all God’s children, and the blessings they can receive in the next life.

The celestial room symbolizes the exalted and peaceful state that all may achieve through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. This room represents the contentment, inner harmony, and peace available to eternal families in the presence of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

In a sealing room, a bride and bridegroom are married not only for this life but also for eternity.

Stained glass, Nauvoo Illinois Temple (far left).

Baptismal font, Draper Utah Temple.

Baptismal font, The Gila Valley Arizona Temple.

Ordinance room, Manhattan New York Temple.

Ordinance room, Newport Beach California Temple.

Celestial room, San Antonio Texas Temple.

Grand staircase, Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple.

Inlaid wood table, Mexico City Mexico Temple.

Sealing room, Vancouver British Columbia Temple.