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Detroit Michigan Temple

Detroit Michigan the capital of automobiles is now home to a Mormon Temple. The temple is located near Woodward Avenue, a road built in 1815 by the Prophet Joseph Smith's uncle. Joseph Smith probably traveled along this same road on his way to Pontiac, Michigan, where relatives lived. Maybe he knew that the site would one-day house a beautiful house of the Lord. The temple features a classic modern single spire design constructed with Imperial Danby White marble quarried in Vermont.

At the Detroit Michigan temple groundbreaking, on October 10,1998, Elder Jay E. Jensen of the Seventy talked about families, explaining that they are "ordained by God."1 It is through the LDS (Mormon temple) ordinances that families can be together forever.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that every person lived with Heavenly Parents before they were born here on earth. We came to earth to receive a mortal body and be tested. "By obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, each of us may return to the presence of God, where we will live eternally in a family organization." 2

The eternal family is made possible through a special temple ordinance called a sealing. A sealing marriage is performed in the temple through the power of the priesthood and seals a man and wife as well as their children together for not only time but for eternity. But a sealing ordinance doesn't guarantee that a family will be forever. The Mormon Church explains that, "For sealing ordinances to remain in effect, a husband and wife must love and be faithful to each other throughout their marriage and continue to follow a course of Christian service and commitment throughout their lives."

During the Detroit Michigan temple groundbreaking Elder Jensen gave four suggestions for families that attended. He suggested that families: "Pray that temple construction will progress on time and without injuries or undue delays; hang a picture of a temple in the home where children will see it and think, Someday I will go there; gather family histories, perhaps starting simply by asking family members questions and writing down the answers; and obtain a temple recommend and always carry it worthily." 1

At the groundbreaking Elder Sorenson of the Presidency of the Seventy explained that temples are important not only because of what people see and hear during the temple ordinances, but also because of the feeling that people receive while in the temple. That feeling is the Holy Ghost testifying that the things learned in the temple are true.

Before the dedication of the Detroit Michigan temple, the sacred building was opened to all those who wished to see it. About 28,000 people toured the temple seeing the beautiful architecture and furnishings as well as learning about the purpose of Mormon temples.

President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Detroit Michigan temple on October 23, 1999. The Mormons in the Michigan area are so grateful to have a temple close. President Hinckley said, “We too are happy that it has been erected here and dedicated and that the work of the Lord now goes forward here in this part of the earth.” 3

In his dedicatory prayer President Hinckley blessed that all those that entered may feel the Spirit and have their thoughts turned to God and His Son. “May this structure shine as a bright and welcome light, a refuge from the storms and stresses of the world. May it be a house of peace and love and faith, where Thy children may find respite from the toil of their daily lives.” 3

For more information about Mormon temples visit the sites below:

History of Mormon Temples

LDS (Mormon) Temple resources  

BBC - Religion & Ethics - Mormon Temples

Manhattan Mormon Temple New York City.com : Arts & Attractions ...

LDS Temples - Mormon Temples - Salt Lake Temple 

Teachings About Mormon Temples

USATODAY.com - Mormons open temple doors to share beliefs

(1) News of the Church, Ensign, Jan. 1999, 77

(2) Church Newsroom. Families Can Be Together Forever. http://www.lds.org/newsroom/mediabook/0,15571,3881-1---1-43,00.html

(4) News of the Church, Ensign, Jan. 2000, 74

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