Is it okay to go to the temple to just sit and ponder?

Question   Hi Gramps. I was just wondering if it is okay to go to the temple and just sit and ponder without having to go thru a session?  Sometimes I really feel the need to be out of the world for just a quiet moment.  Is the temple appropriate for this use?...

Why do temples seem to be built in rich areas?

Question   Gramps, Why does it seem like temples are built in “rich” areas? I realize that the Church wants the temples visible from afar, but it’s frustrating to see temples built in affluent areas. Why can’t they be built in more...

What happens at a temple dedication?

Question   Gramps, What happens at a temple dedication? Sara   Answer   Dear Sara, Our modern temple dedications follow the pattern and agenda Joseph Smith set with the dedication of the Kirtland House of the Lord. At that dedication, the meeting...

Did Moroni dedicate sites for temples in Utah?

Question   Dear Gramps, I’ve heard the stories in Mormon lore about how Moroni hiked out west and dedicated some future temple sites in Utah.  Are these stories credible?  Or are they just the fabrication of someone with a dramatic imagination?  How can one...

Why can’t we talk about what goes on in the temple?

Question   Gramps, What are all the reasons why we, as members, can’t tell others about what goes on in the temple?  Besides the fact that we are commanded, and the fact that those things are sacred.  Also why is it not allowed to take pictures or videos in...

Why do we put names on prayer rolls in the temples?

Question   Gramps, Why do we put names on the altars of the temple? It seems like some sort of magical wish-making. We are supposed to write a few markings that represent the phoneticism of someone’s name, which gets anonymously prayed over by people who...

Why are unworthy Saints allowed access to the temple?

Question   Gramps, Why are unworthy Saints or people who use fake temple recommends able to gain access to the temple? D&C 97:15-17 says no unclean thing shall enter or his presence won’t be there. This is a tough issue for me right now as an LDS...

Did women work in the ancient temples?

Question   Gramps, Did women work in the Old Testament temples or in the Book of Mormon temples? Were baptism or endowments done in these temples? Karen   Answer   Dear Karen, There is much we don’t know about these ancient temples, but there are...
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