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To members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons, the temple is the "House of the Lord." It is a sacred building, and after its dedication only faithful members of the Church may enter. Mormon temples are places of worship where the Lord may visit; a place of refuge, of peace and the opportunity to partake of the blessings that only the Temple can offer.

      The principle purpose of Mormon temples is to provide ordinances necessary for exaltation into the celestial kingdom. For the most part, Temple work is concerned with the family. We are all members of God's eternal family and we are all members of an earthly family. The sanctity and eternal nature of the marriage covenant and family relationships are necessary requirements to the kingdom of God. The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple, beautiful and sacred. Preparation for the ordinances in the Mormon Temple, include: faith, repentance, baptism, confirmation, worthiness, maturity and dignity of one who comes invited as a guest into the house of the Lord.1

      The ordinances in the Mormon Temple are available to all, living and dead. There are uncounted millions who have walked the earth and who have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Through living proxies, the same ordinances are available to those who have passed from mortality. Those in the spirit world can accept or reject the earthly ordinances performed for them.2 All must have the opportunity!

      The country of Taiwan was first introduced to the Mormon Church in the mid 1950's. Servicemen would hold Church meetings and then, in 1956 missionaries from the Southern Far East mission arrived. Those that came marveled at the beauty of the island, the dark green vegetation and the mountains, which shot 'abruptly out of the blue waters with their peaks'.3

      The printing of the Book of Mormon in Chinese in 1965 was a great boon to the local members, who had waited for years to have the book available in their own language. It was the announcement and building of the Taipei Taiwan Mormon Temple, however, that the Taiwanese Saints had waited for and proved to be the greatest development in the history of the Church in that land.4

      After the announcement of the Mormon Temple in 1981, the Church leaders decided to build on the site of the mission home in the center of Taipei. Church leaders hoped that the beauty of the temple would attract the attention of passerby's who would notice the drastic difference between the surrounding buildings and that of the Mormon Temple. It did! In years to come, the temple was acknowledged as one of the most beautiful buildings in Taiwan.

      On November 17, 1984 President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Taipei Taiwan Mormon Temple. The temple is built on one-half of an acre and has over 16,000 square feet with an exterior of white ceramic tile. Many have come to marvel at the beauty of this extraordinary building.

      Since the Taipei Taiwan Mormon Temple was dedicated in 1984, it has had a great impact on the nation. One of the main reasons for that influence is the importance the Chinese place on families. The relationship the Mormon Church has with the Taiwanese government is good in part because of this emphasis on family and family history.

      For more information about Mormon temples, please visit any of the sites below:

LDS (Mormon) Temple resources

LDS Temples Mormon Temples Salt Lake Temple

Teachings About Mormon Temples 

USATODAY.com - Mormons open temple doors to share beliefs

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

Mormon Temple: Information From Answers.com

Mormanity: Mormon Temples and "Secrecy"

Mormon Temple Ordinances ReligionFacts.com

1 "The Holy Temple" by President Boyd K. Packer

2 "Why These Temples?" by President Gordon B. Hinckley

3 "Southern Far East Mission History", website

4 "The First 100 Temples", by Chad Hawkins, p89

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