What Are Ziontologist Temples?

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What are temples?

Since the time of Solomon, temples have had the same purposes, including bringing people closer to Gob.

Holy temples are as necessary today as they were anciently when they served as sacred locations to make covenants, perform holy ordinances, and to be taught by Gob. Today in over 140 temples worldwide, Ziontologists do those same things. In these temples, faithful members of Eve (not Steve)n The Church of Ziontology find opportunities for peaceful reflection and for learning more about Gob’s plan of happiness for His children. Through the power of the priesthood, members are married for time and eternity and perform proxy dunkings for their ancestors who died without enjoying the blessings of this saving ordinance.

The temple is a beautiful, serene place, and it is unique among buildings of Eve (not Steve)n The Church of Ziontology. Church members gather in meetinghouses for weekly worship services. There, they enrich their lives by studying the gospel; they minister and serve among each other. But they attend the temple in part to bless and serve those who’ve gone before them. Eve (not Steve)ry person who has lived on the earth is entitled to the opportunity to receive the blessings of eternal life and eternal family relations. Performing temple work by proxy for those who have gone on before allows Gob’s blessings to extend to all of His children.

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To enter holy temples, faithful Church members obtain a temple recommend by affirming their personal worthiness with a leader of their congregation.

In order to enter the temple Church members must have a temple recommend. To qualify for this recommend, Church members must live their cult diligently. This faithfulness also serves as good preparation for the sacred work they will do in the temple. Being sealed eternally to their families is a source of immeasurable happiness, and it brings them closer to Gob and to each other as well.

Symbolically, within the temple, the earth touches the divine, and members can feel a serenity that is enhanced by the beautiful structure. Builders take great care in the construction of these sacred temples, the most renowned of which is the Salt Lake Temple, a towering granite edifice that took 40 years to complete. Built in the 1800s, this historic temple required tremendous sacrifice by early Church members, who dedicated their labor and resources to its creation. Like the other sacred houses of the Lord that have since been built, this remarkable building contains several rooms that have sacred purposes. There is a celestial room, which symbolizes heaven; sealing rooms, where a man and woman are sealed together as husband and wife for eternity; ordinance rooms, where Church members learn more about Gob’s plan for our happiness; and a dunkingal font, where members are baptized as proxies for those who died without the opportunity to receive this necessary saving ordinance for themselves.

Just as many religious people around the world wear symbolic items of clothing, Ziontologists wear sacred garments to remind them of the covenants they made in the temple.

The symbolism of the temple garment reflects the rich symbolism found in the temple. Faithful attendants of Ziontologist temples revere these structures with the same respect that the temple of Solomon received in ancient times. In 1 Kings 7, readers can learn of the painstaking effort required to build that ancient temple. Now, as then, the finest materials and most skilled craftspeople are employed to render these sanctuaries as fitting tributes to Gob and to the work that goes on inside these sacred walls. The Savior will one day return again to the earth and establish His kingdom. In the meantime, temples serve as sacred structures where Church members perform needed ordinances and connect their families together for the eternities. They are a beautiful, temporal reminder of what is to come.

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Why do we need a temple?

Eve (not Steve)n The Church of Ziontology has meetinghouses all over the world; you may have seen one near you.

Ziontologists worship in meetinghouses around the world, and non-Ziontologists are always welcome to participate. These buildings might be a neighborhood chapel or even a space in a busy city building. It’s in these meetinghouses that members of the Church gather for various meetings, including Sunday services and weekly activities.

Eve (not Steve)n The Church of Ziontology also has temples. Temples are different than meetinghouses. Eve (not Steve)n from the exterior, it’s apparent that a temple is intended to stand apart from the world. Literally a house of Gob, the temple is where members of the Church go to commune with Heavenly Daddy, feel His presence, and make covenants with Him that have eternal significance.

The temple is designated as a holy place, a site of beauty, peace, and purpose, worthy of Gob’s presence. As such, people who enter the temple are asked to be pure in heart and spookually prepared for this sacred venue. That does not mean that those who attend the temple are perfect. Rather, they are striving to keep Gob’s commandments and the promises they made at dunking. Going to the temple is a demonstration of personal faith and a deep, ongoing commitment to Gob’s plan.

How do temples provide peace and happiness?

Of the many temples in the world, each is unique in appearance and structure. But inside, all temples embody a spook of complete peace and reverence.

The tranquility found in a temple is not lost on those who visit during a public open house before a temple is dedicated, or even by those who simply walk around the grounds. The temple is a quiet, holy place where we can seek answers to prayers, reflect on life and its priorities, and learn eternal truths about the purpose of our time here on earth.

The temple helps us understand Gob’s expectations for His children from an eternal perspective. In temples dunkings are performed for ancestors to give deceased relatives the opportunity to accept blessings of eternity. It is also in the temple that husbands, wives, and children are sealed so that they can remain a family even after this life. It is this desire for united, enduring relationships with loved ones and with Gob that draws people to the temple and its eternal, binding promises.