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A question about baptismal fonts in the temples came up in our Family Home Evening group. Are all the fonts in the new smaller temples built below ground level like in the older temples?  Explain the significance of them being built in the basement below ground level.  Thank you.





Dear Marian,

I don’t know about the details of the baptismal fonts in the newer temples. However, although they are normally placed below the ground level, that is not always the case. It is my understanding that the baptismal font in the temple in Buenos Aires Argentina, for instance, is on the ground floor. As to why the baptismal fonts are normally built below the ground level, we may refer to D&C 128:13

Consequently, the baptismal font was instituted as a similitude of the grave, and was commanded to be in a place underneath where the living are wont to assemble, to show forth the living and the dead, and that all things may have their likeness, and that they may accord one with another–that which is earthly conforming to that which is heavenly.





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