A Sacred House of the Lord | Washington D.C. Temple

A Sacred House of the Lord | Washington D.C. Temple

Take a look inside the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Learn more about how each person is truly a son or daughter of God, how families can live together forever, and how we all can be united with Jesus Christ. The tour is hosted by Elder and Sister Stevenson and Elder and Sister Renlund.

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as Latter-day Saints), the temple is the most sacred place of worship on earth—it is the house of the Lord. It is a place set apart from the rest of the world where members seek to draw closer to God.

Temples are different than the thousands of Church meetinghouses located around the world. Meetinghouses are where Sunday worship services, youth gatherings, service projects, and other community events take place. All are welcome to join in these activities. 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 religious ceremonies, called ordinances, are authorized to be performed. These ordinances lift and inspire participants as they promise to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

A free public open house is held after each temple is built or renovated. During that time, people of all ages and faiths are welcome to enter and tour the temple. Once dedicated, entrance into the temple is reserved for members of the Church who have committed to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and are ready to participate in sacred ordinances.

Why Latter-day Saints Build Temples: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/why-latter-day-saints-build-temples?lang=eng

Learn about temples: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/inside-temples?lang=eng&lang=eng

Temple Open Houses and Dedications: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/open-houses?lang=eng

What is a Temple Wedding Like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA6aTiMDYho

What Are Baptisms for the Dead? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzCSrMJhWeQ

What is a Temple Endowment? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd8tVXN9y6Q

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  1. Sydney Whitbred on October 18, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Kinda looks like the jedi temple

  2. The Buick man archives on October 18, 2022 at 2:14 am

    you know there are two temples coming to Davis County in Utah Syracuse and Layton I am touring them both during the open house

  3. Harper Smith on October 18, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Yes, well done. Thank you!

  4. Juan Mendoza on October 18, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Beautiful! Clear and simply explained. Thank you!

  5. Big City Bus Lines on October 18, 2022 at 2:15 am

    separation of church and state, please.

  6. Elizabeth Schreffler on October 18, 2022 at 2:16 am

    God bless President Russell M. Nelson and everyone who had the opportunity of assisting with the open house of the DC Temple.

  7. Lupe Sanchez on October 18, 2022 at 2:18 am

    So what happened when your husband leaves you .. cause he’s lusting what do u do with a man that leave and weman left can I find some one else

  8. Tetón Cletero on October 18, 2022 at 2:20 am

    “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) I know i’m and ignorant, but can you show me where Jesus said that God needed Worship within such an incredible and execive display of wealthness?

  9. JerusalemDollar99 on October 18, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Jesus is God? Where’s the virgin mary? Is this church the new covenant after catholosium?

  10. DanTheChristian on October 18, 2022 at 2:21 am

    A month ago I burned the temple picture collection that I’ve had for 26 years. I’ve been immersed in God’s word lately concerning idol worship and occultic pagan practices. I realize now that I was contacted a few years ago in the Fort Lauderdale temple not by an appreciative ancestor but by a demon. It’s demonic.

  11. Flaming Robin on October 18, 2022 at 2:21 am

    they build temples to control peoples money plain and simple. they lie about the historical and biblical jesus. mormonism is a perfect satanic counterfit of biblical christianity and the gospel

  12. Bill Holt on October 18, 2022 at 2:23 am

    I went to the Washington DC Temple the year after it opened, to receive my Endowments prior to my mission in 1975. It was my first experience in a temple. Everyone was so helpful and kind, and I had a wonderful experience. I have attended other temples, but this one holds a special place in my heart.

  13. California Karen789 on October 18, 2022 at 2:25 am

    I pray often that you find Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Jesus said in John 10:10 I am come that ye may have life. With out Jesus there is no life. In John 3:16 the bible reads that believing on Jesus is the only way to heaven. God bless.

  14. yeshuaistheway! on October 18, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Jesus declares that body of those who are born again , are temple of the Lord. These temple, yes beautiful are very demonic and full of occultism and freemasony. Joseph Smith himself was a freemason . Wolves in sheep’s clothing. Stay away from this church . Read your Bible !

  15. *Big Country" on October 18, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Matthew 22

    Inasmuch as Latter-day Saints believe in marriage for eternity, how do we explain Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 22:29–30? 

    When my Mom passed in 2016 my Dad passed shortly there after. 

    I had a dream of them finding each other in the Eternity’s of the Heavens I never believed for one moment or even a second as a Pen·te·cos·tal.

    That Our Eternal Father of the Heavens would separate us at our deaths, especially ones who as my parents where. At that time married 50 years before they left this life of mortality.

    "Families can be together again forever after thier mortal life is done with". I believe this with every once of my beating breathe. .

    Remember these following words please— "I’ll love you…. Always forever and no matter what".

    To understand these verses, we need to understand the context in which the Sadducees asked their question and the context in which Jesus answered it.

    First, it should be emphasized that this is a hypothetical situation presented to the Lord by the Sadducees, who, as the scripture itself asserts, did not even believe in the resurrection. They were simply doing what both they and the Pharisees so often did—asking the Lord questions simply to bait him, to see if they could catch him contradicting what Moses, the great Lawgiver, had said.

    The question itself was based upon the teachings of Moses: “If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.” (Matt. 22:24; see also Deut. 25:5–10.) In the hypothetical case suggested by the Sadducees, in which seven brothers each had been married to a woman in turn, the question was, “In the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven?”

    According to Dummelow’s A Commentary on The Holy Bible, “The point raised by the Sadducees was often debated by the Jewish doctors, who decided that a ‘woman who married two husbands in this world is restored to the first in the next.’” (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1927, p. 698.) Most Jews at the time believed in a material resurrection, and so the question had some importance to them. (Ibid.)

    On the other hand, although the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection, they were more than happy to use it to try to “bring Jesus into contempt and ridicule with the multitude by asking Him a question which they thought He could not answer.” (Ibid., p. 697.)

    But Jesus did answer them, and he began with a mild rebuke: “Ye do err,” he said, “not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Consider the handicap the Sadducees had placed upon themselves. They did not really understand the scriptures—and probably had no wish to do so on this point. They were steeped in false doctrine, and without the gift of the Holy Ghost had no access to the revelatory power of the Spirit. The Savior’s answer, therefore, was not a full doctrinal explanation of the doctrine of eternal marriage. Instead, he quickly defused their argument and then testified of the resurrection using the scriptures that the Sadducees held most sacred.

    The Savior effectively dismissed their question on marriage by stating that “in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” In that way, the Savior turned to the more fundamental issue of the Sadducee’s disbelief in resurrection. Of the resurrection, the Savior bore certain testimony:

    “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

    “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matt. 22:31–32.)

    At this point, the Sadducees were silenced. In Mark’s account of the episode, the Lord adds, “Ye therefore do greatly err.” (Mark 12:27.) The Savior had made their error painfully clear by referring to the Law—Exodus 6:3 [Ex. 6:3]—for support. The Law was considered by all Jews, Sadducees included, as the highest authority in the canon of scripture. They couldn’t very well argue with the scriptures they held in highest esteem.

    What, then, do we make of the Savior’s statement that “in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage?”

    First, we see that it was made in response to an attempt by the Sadducees to trap the Lord. Consequently, it would not have been the Lord’s final word on the subject. Why should the Lord scatter pearls before them that they would only trample underfoot? (See Matt. 7:6.) They were no more prepared to listen to a discourse on eternal marriage than they were prepared to accept the reality of the resurrection.

    Second, the Lord did not say there would be no people in the married state in the resurrection, but that there would be no marriages made in the resurrection.

    Third, we must be clear about the “they” who are neither marrying nor being given in marriage. The context of the scriptures just cited suggests a generic rather than a specific meaning. Simply put, that means no marriages are made in the resurrection. The Lord was warning the Sadducees. They were Jews of the day who had rejected him and therefore had no access to the higher ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood. How could these men, whom Jesus had called a “generation of vipers” (Matt. 3:7), qualify for the highest blessings of the celestial kingdom?

    What the Savior declared of the Sadducees who would later have part in his death is hardly applicable to his Saints who, through the ordinances of the priesthood and their righteousness, qualify for exaltation in the celestial kingdom, which the Lord equates with eternal marriage. (See D&C 132:19–24.)

    The Savior made statements on other occasions that support the idea of eternal marriage. To the Pharisees, who at least believed in the resurrection, he said: “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

    “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

    “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matt. 19:4–7; italics added.)

    The marriage of Adam and Eve, performed prior to the Fall, was certainly done in an eternal context (see Gen. 2:18–24), and the authority to bind on earth and in heaven was given to Peter and the other Apostles. (See Matt. 16:19; Matt. 18:18.)

    Although this authority was lost with the priesthood through apostasy, it has been restored in our day. The Lord’s promise is that those marriages performed by his authority and “sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood” (D&C 132:19) shall endure forever.

  16. Dirk Hoekstra on October 18, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Idols, idols, idols, idols, idols, and more idols!!!! This video is one big worship of a building made by human hands! Don’t you guys realize that this is what caused the destruction of the Israelites? And by the way, you guys don’t follow the teachings from Jesus Christ. You follow the teachings of a confused and deceived man called Joseph Smith.

  17. G H on October 18, 2022 at 2:34 am


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  19. Kiana Amenell on October 18, 2022 at 2:35 am

    I love the temple so much! The D.C. Temple is my favorite is the one I grew up going to. I am so thankful for the opportunities we have to participate in proxy ordinances for our ancestors 🙂 I love this gospel and am thankful for the blessings that I’ve received by attending the temple!

  20. Flaming Robin on October 18, 2022 at 2:35 am

    mormonism is a false religion. God doesn’t dwell in temples but in the human body. there is no priest but Christ in the new covenant.

  21. steven .brayman on October 18, 2022 at 2:36 am

    What a beautiful Temple.

  22. Carlee Rose Te rangi on October 18, 2022 at 2:39 am

    House of the lord.pastor from nz,.Hamilton. Church.temple.

  23. Sirpa Overton-Fox on October 18, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Well i just love jesus!!

  24. S M on October 18, 2022 at 2:40 am

    You cannot be baptized on behalf of a deceased family members! False teachers.

  25. Judy Dawes on October 18, 2022 at 2:43 am

    My husband and I were hoping to return for the open house but are unable to do so. This virtual tour was wonderful and reminded both of us of our 18 years of service in this beautiful House of the Lord.

  26. tigergreg8 on October 18, 2022 at 2:45 am

    This Temple at night from the Beltway is a sight to behold. It is so majestic and powerful looking.

  27. James KJV on October 18, 2022 at 2:47 am

    A C T S 7:48-50
    Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

    Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

    Hath not my hand made all these things?

  28. Kirii Staicy on October 18, 2022 at 2:48 am

    I like to join where in Kenya will i find the church

  29. ظفوري on October 18, 2022 at 2:48 am

    اتمنى يكون فيه ترجمة باللغه العربيه

  30. Camilo Quiao on October 18, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Love to see the temple. I will visit the temple someday.

  31. Laura Stevenson’s Life on October 18, 2022 at 2:52 am

    This goes AGAINST the Bible!!!!!!

  32. darlene harris on October 18, 2022 at 2:53 am

    the temple pictured is the Hawai’i Temple, near Waikiki . . . not the washington DC temple, which has spires, maybe 6 of them, i forgot and it surrounded by much forestation …

  33. Kenneth sheptoff on October 18, 2022 at 2:55 am

    Beautiful may G’d bless you all

  34. Lets explore nature on October 18, 2022 at 3:00 am

    I’m a little late I fell away from the lord for months due to pornography. I was in the hospital and felt the prompting of the Lord to go back to church at my pace. I’m still recovering from my surgeries and my infection from my colon to my brain I plan to go every Sunday to eventually get my endowments and to be sealed to my parents. I truly love this church so much. I testify that it is the true church I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

  35. Stegyre on October 18, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Is there a Spanish language version of this? (Asking for a friend.)

  36. Mats Langgard on October 18, 2022 at 3:01 am

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  (Matthew 7:15)

  37. Revbone450 on October 18, 2022 at 3:02 am

    International House of Handshakes…

  38. Carlee Rose Te rangi on October 18, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Washington’s. D.c.

  39. Devar Skinnee on October 18, 2022 at 3:05 am

    For the lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob amen. Elder skinner

  40. Neal Fry on October 18, 2022 at 3:06 am

    " Thank You Jesus Christ above All, amen."

  41. Katt winchest on October 18, 2022 at 3:08 am

    I sat in celestial room, and asked god for forgiveness. The second I asked, I was hit with goosebumps and wanted to cry. I know the lord is real, and I know that he loves me. I hope one day, to be with him once again.

  42. The Varangian Guard on October 18, 2022 at 3:09 am

    I am admittedly surprised at how much respect for ancestors and for oaths and honor I see.. A very good message, and one which I am sure my Gods and Goddesses support! Blessings to you and honor to your faith.

    Hail to Odin and Health to All.

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