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What happens inside temples?

What happens inside temples is sacred and can be experienced by all who prepare themselves. In the temple, you will learn through instruction, symbolism, and personal revelation about the plan of salvation, the Atonement, and patterns of Christlike living. You will make covenants to live the laws of the gospel, including obedience, personal sacrifice, love, chastity, and giving of yourself to build the kingdom of God. You also receive ordinances necessary for exaltation in the celestial kingdom, both for yourself and in behalf those who died without receiving these ordinances.

Ideas to Help Me Learn


Watch the video “Temples: A Conversation with a Church Leader.” What makes a temple unique from other Church buildings? What does this suggest to you about the way you should prepare to enter the temple? What other thoughts and feelings does the Spirit bring to your mind as you watch this video? What do you feel inspired to do because of what you have felt?

Baptisms and Confirmations for the Dead

To participate in temple work, plan a trip to the temple to perform baptisms and confirmations for the dead. If possible, take names of your own ancestors to receive ordinances. After your experience, record the feelings and impressions you had while participating in the work of salvation.

Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple

For a wonderful description of what happens inside the temple, read Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple. Pay special attention to the sections “Taught from on High,” “Dressed in White,” and “Sacred Covenants.” Discuss what you learn with a family member or friend.

Look for Symbolism

Read “Symbolism” in the Bible Dictionary. In your personal study of the scriptures and words of the prophets, make note of instances of the Lord or His servants using symbols or metaphors to teach. Ponder why spiritual truths are so often taught through symbolism.

Learn about Covenants

Study Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s article “Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission.” As you read, underline the things he teaches about covenants that are meaningful to you. What do you learn about the endowment and the power that comes from keeping covenants?

Study more

D&C 84:19–22 (The power of godliness is in the ordinances of the priesthood)

D&C 109:13 (In the temple we feel the Lord’s power)

Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 34–36

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Keeping Covenants: A Message for Those Who Will Serve a Mission,” New Era, Jan. 2012, 2–5, or Liahona, Jan. 2012, 48–51

Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple

Video: “Temples: A Conversation with a Church Leader