I’m a Mormon, So…

I’m a Mormon, so I hold a temple recommend and attend the temple when I can.

Medford Oregon Temple ©LDS Media Library

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attends an LDS Meetinghouse (or equivalent) every Sunday for regular services, like taking the Sacrament; and for social events outside of religious services. Anyone may attend services at these buildings,* even those who are not members. Temples, on the other hand, are special. They are sacred.

Temples have a more specific purpose. They are places specially set apart for sacred service and ceremonies. They are designated by the Lord and dedicated to His purposes. Temples are the only places where some priesthood ordinances are authorized to be performed. These sacred ceremonies lift and inspire participants as they make commitments to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

Churchofjesuschrist.org, “Why Latter-day Saints Build Temples

The work done in the temple is for eternal purposes: receiving one’s endowment, sealing a couple and/or their family together forever, baptizing oneself on behalf of those who died before being able to be baptized (and receive the Holy Ghost), and performing an endowment or sealing for those who are no longer living and did not have that chance in life.

This work is necessary for our progression in life and in life after death.

The ordinances and covenants of the temple are not merely important to our exaltation—they are essential. President [Boyd K.] Packer …explained, “Ordinances and covenants become our credentials for admission into [God’s] presence. To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality” (Boyd K. Packer, “Covenants,” Ensign, May 1987). Faithfully obeying covenants made with God is the most important goal we can pursue in this life. In the words of President Russell M. Nelson, “The greatest compliment that can be earned here in this life is to be known as a covenant keeper. The rewards for a covenant keeper will be realized both here and hereafter” (Russell M. Nelson, “Covenants,” Ensign, Nov. 2011).

Churchofjesuschrist.org, “Why Ordinances and Covenants Matter

Because these sacred practices come after initial steps like baptism, a faithful member may only attend an LDS temple after receiving a temple recommend: a pass signed by that member’s bishop or counselor, then that member’s stake president or stake counselor. Those men only sign the recommend if the member answers specific questions in a satisfactory manner:

  1. Do you have faith in and a testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost?
  2. Do you have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer?
  3. Do you have a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  4. Do you sustain the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the prophet, seer, and revelator and as the only person on the earth authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local leaders of the Church?
  5. The Lord has said that all things are to be “done in cleanliness” before Him (Doctrine and Covenants 42:41). Do you strive for moral cleanliness in your thoughts and behavior? Do you obey the law of chastity?
  6. Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others?
  7. Do you support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
  8. Do you strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, both at home and at church; attend your meetings; prepare for and worthily partake of the sacrament; and live your life in harmony with the laws and commandments of the gospel?
  9. Do you strive to be honest in all that you do?
  10. Are you a full-tithe payer?
  11. Do you understand and obey the Word of Wisdom?
  12. Do you have any financial or other obligations to a former spouse or to children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?
  13. Do you keep the covenants that you made in the temple, including wearing the temple garment as instructed in the endowment?
  14. Are there serious sins in your life that need to be resolved with priesthood authorities as part of your repentance?
  15. Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the Lord’s house and participate in temple ordinances?

    Ensign Magazine, “Church Updates Temple Recommend Interview Questions,” January, 2020

Besides attending the temple for completing sacred ordinances, a member may go for a break from the world and to receive personal revelation.

Manti Utah Temple, ©LDS Media Library

As of initially posting this, “The Church of Jesus Christ currently has 168 operating temples and another 68 announced, 41 under construction and five undergoing renovation” (LDS Newsroom, “The Church of Jesus Christ Will Build 18 New Houses of the Lord“). They span from Utah to Ukraine to Australia to Argentina.

©2022 Chel Owens

*so long as the person isn’t breaking local laws on noxious or inappropriate behavior.


We Mormons are officially members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are to drop any name but that. Since many recognize the nickname of ‘Mormon’ and it works with the alliteration so well, however, I will use the term.

My other note is that I will keep to official doctrinal practices. I will add my own application of them, especially in response to comments.

My final note is that I LOVE discussing anything I write. Don’t be rude, obviously, but any and all queries or responses are welcome.

My final note beyond the final note is that I do not seek to convert anyone. I am motivated by forming connections, answering curiosity, and straightening pictures. So, you’re safe.

23 thoughts on “I’m a Mormon, So…

  1. obbverse November 21, 2022 / 11:27 pm

    The ‘baptising on behalf,’ if that is what it is- and I hope I’ve got that wrong, and if I have, forgive my ignorance- seems a bit presumptuous.


    • Chel Owens November 22, 2022 / 12:10 am

      How presumptuous of you to assume… j/k.

      What really throws people is the nickname: baptisms for the dead. It makes one think we’re chucking corpses into baths.

      The work is done for everyone, and that soul can determine (for himself or herself) if he or she wishes to accept the ordinances.

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  2. petespringerauthor November 21, 2022 / 11:51 pm

    Pretty sure I saw the Medford Temple when we were in Medford a few months back.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chel Owens November 22, 2022 / 7:35 am

      It looks lovely. I’m fond of the older ones that the early members of the church started as well, like that last picture. I love old buildings.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam November 22, 2022 / 12:47 am

    It seems very self assessing, do you think, have you done … Makes me wonder if people perhaps do not answer as honestly as they are expected too. I know that I sometimes assess my actions in a better light than they should be scrutinized under

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    • Chel Owens November 22, 2022 / 7:56 am

      Excellent point, and one I know has been questioned on other posts. Really, though, it comes back to human behavior. Who is the ultimate authority in an interaction like that? We’re all people. Your bishop is just your neighbor. Everyone – everyone – only has authority because we choose to give it to him.

      As such; in the end, each person needs to govern himself or herself. In the end, it needs to be that way for everything.

      I’m with you, though. I see how easily anarchy takes over with some. :/

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      • Nope, Not Pam November 22, 2022 / 12:18 pm

        It’s that moral compass concept.

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  4. Matt November 22, 2022 / 3:48 am

    So, is the meeting house for people on the fence about fully committing or is the meeting house more like a social hall as opposed to a place of worship ? You can only go to temple unless you are deemed worthy ? A lot of churches accept all people into their places of worship regardless of their belief system, sounds like being a Mormon is an elite organization that not everyone can become.

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    • Chel Owens November 22, 2022 / 7:58 am

      The meeting house is church. Regular church is there, every week, and anyone can go.

      The temple is, by your definition, an elite experience. Even a member of the LDS Church needs to meet the requirements to attend.

      As a side note, some are not interested in attending. It’s not like your arm gets twisted. 🙂

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    • Chel Owens November 22, 2022 / 7:59 am

      ❤️ Great! I’m a very curious person, so I enjoy that angle of it.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Tippy Gnu November 22, 2022 / 8:38 am

    That’s a mighty long list. I’ve heard it’s beautiful inside those temples.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Tippy Gnu November 22, 2022 / 5:44 pm

        I’ve heard of those, but I thought they were for new temples, before they’ve been consecrated.

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        • Chel Owens November 23, 2022 / 2:09 am

          Yes, or when an old one gets remodeled. Either way, it’s a good way to see the inside.

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          • Tippy Gnu November 23, 2022 / 7:21 am

            I might visit one, someday. I know a little about the Mormon religion, because my daughter was Mormon, when she was alive. My wife was baptized as a Mormon, but only so she could do church-related things with our daughter. She was never serious about it.

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