A History of Temples


In both ancient and modern times, the covenant people of the Lord have built temples. These temples are sacred structures dedicated to the Lord where ordinances are performed that are binding on earth and beyond the grave.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . . . is invested with divine commission to erect and maintain temples dedicated to the name and service of the true and living God.”

—James E. Talmage (1862–1933)

Nauvoo Temple

Read or listen to “A History of Temples” by Elder James E. Talmage (1862–1933) in the October 2010 Ensign or Liahona to learn more about ancient and modern temples.