Mormon Temples Around the World
To a faithful Mormon, temples are very sacred, special places. Mormons attend temples as a way to worship God and Jesus Christ. Temples are a blessing in the lives of faithful Mormons, and they want the same blessings to be available to all people. While it is possible for everyone to qualify to enter the temple (when they meet the criteria to enter a temple), it may not be possible for all people to physically make it to a temple, particularly if they live in remote areas far removed from a temple. It is not uncommon for Church members to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to visit a temple.
To make the burden of visiting temples easier on Mormons, the Church tries to build temples all over the world so that the blessings of the temple can be available to the largest number of the faithful. It is expected that the building of temples will continue, as part of the Church’s preparation for the return of the Savior at the Second Coming:
We expect to see the day when Mormon temples will dot the earth, each one a house of the Lord; each one built in the mountains of the lord; each one a sacred sanctuary to which Israel and the Gentiles shall gather to receive the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Perhaps they will number in the hundreds, or even in the thousands, before the Lord returns. [Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 277.]
The Newport Beach Mormon temple is not the only Mormon temple; there are over 125 other Mormon temples, all over the world. Here are just a few sites where you can get information about other Mormon temples:
- Las Vegas Temple (Nevada, USA). Situated on the side of a mountain overlooking Las Vegas, this temple is a spirtual oasis in the desert, beckoning all to look unto God.
- Oakland Temple (California, USA). Nestled in the Berkeley Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the Oakland temple has become a well-known area landmark.
- San Diego Temple (California, USA). This dazzling white temple provides a breathtaking sight for travelers down I-5 just north of San Diego.