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Washington D.C. Temple

Washington D.C. Temple

9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD 20895

(301) 587-0144

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Free Parking available.

The Washington D.C. Temple is considered a literal house of the Lord by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The principal purpose of the temple is to provide ordinances and blessings to members near and far. Ordinances include endowment, marriage, and baptisms for the dead.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens, calming fountains, and the views of the temple. While you’re visiting, stop by the visitors’ center for a personalized tour. Learn more >>

Many locals call it the Mormon Temple, but the actual name is the Washington D.C. Temple. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The temple is not where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are different than the regular chapels which the Church has around the world. Members of the Church worship in meetinghouses around the world, and visitors are always welcome to participate. Several chapels are located near the temple grounds. See local worship service times and locations.

Temples are a “place where the highest sacraments of the faith” can occur. In the temple, you learn more about the plan of salvation and how to follow Christ’s perfect example. God’s greatest blessings are available in His temples. While inside, members wear white clothing that symbolizes both purity and equality.

The practice of building temples goes back to the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. The Washington D.C. Temple is one of 174+ modern operating temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Besides existing in Bibical times in Jerusalem, temples existed anciently in the Americas. The Book of Mormon, a companion book of scripture to the Bible, clarifies more about temples and their eternal purposes and significance.

Learn more about the Book of Mormon.

Only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an active temple recommend are allowed to enter the inside of the Washington D.C. Temple.

Anyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to visit the temple grounds, tour the visitors’ center, and use the other facilities.

Place of Peace & Learning

For members of the Church, the Washington D.C. Temple is meant to be a place of learning and a place of peace. It is meant to be a place where members can receive spiritual guidance for decisions in their lives. Members who go to the temple have the chance to sit in the celestial room–a beautiful room meant for members to take a chance to ponder and pray.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform several ordinances in the Washington D.C. Temple. Ordinances are sacred acts that create a binding two-way promise between God and a person who wishes to return to God’s presence.

Endowment

The celestial room in the Washington D.C. Temple.

The endowment ordinance “consists of a series of instructions and includes covenants to live righteously and follow the requirements of the gospel.” The member going through the ceremony makes promises to follow the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marriage

The bride’s room in the Washington D.C. Temple.

Marriages performed in the Washington D.C. Temple are considered eternal and continue beyond death. However, this forever-lasting marriage is conditional upon both the husband and wife staying faithful to the promises they make in the temple and keeping the standards of Christ’s teachings.

Baptism

The baptistry in the Washington D.C. Temple.

Baptisms in the Washington D.C. Temple are performed on behalf of deceased ancestors who didn’t have a chance to be baptized. They then have the opportunity to accept or reject that baptism.

2022 Open House & Dedication

After four and half years of renovation, the Washington D.C. Temple was rededicated on August 14, 2022, by the Prophet Russell M. Nelson.

Nearly every corner section of the temple had to be redone and updated with modern utilities.

Over 340,000 people from around the world visited the Washington D.C. Temple during its open house, which lasted for just under two months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an active temple recommend are allowed to enter the inside the Washington D.C. Temple. Everyone, regardless of religion, background, or beliefs, is more than welcome to enjoy the peaceful fountains and gardens, take a tour in the visitors’ center, learn about the life of Christ through art and murals, attend devotionals and performances held in the visitors’ center auditorium, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services. 

Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are places where individuals can go to make sacred promises with God, feel His spirit, and learn how “to overcome the temptations and challenges of mortality and to do and become good,” David A. Bednar taught in a General Conference address. Temples have been around for a long time. Moses had a tabernacle, Solomon built a beautiful temple, and Jesus taught at the temple in Jerusalem. Today, temples are built all over the worldInside temples, couples can be married for eternity, not just “’til death do you part.” Members of the Church can also perform baptisms and other ordinances for their loved ones who died without receiving these blessings within temples. We understand that those who have passed on and have had a baptism performed on their behalf in the temple then have the opportunity to accept or reject the promises made with Heavenly Father at baptism. Members of the Church worship in meetinghouses around the world, and visitors are always welcome to participate. These buildings might include a neighborhood chapel or even a rented space in a city building. In any case, these meetinghouses are where members of the Church gather together regularly for Sunday worship services and weekly activities. 

While you can’t go inside the temple itself, you’re more than welcome to enjoy the fountains and gardens, take a tour in the visitors’ center, learn about the life of Christ through art and murals, attend devotionals and performances held in the visitors’ center auditorium, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services. 

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.

Temples are a place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to worship, pray, and participate in sacred ceremonies called ordinances. One of these ordinances is baptism for the dead. These baptisms performed on behalf of our ancestors make it possible for those who didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized on earth to accept the Savior, Jesus Christ, too.

Temples are a place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to worship, pray, and participate in sacred ceremonies called ordinances. The endowment ceremony teaches about God’s plan and His love for us. The word endowment means gift—in this case, blessings from God.

When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints get married, or “sealed”, in the temple, that marriage is for eternity, not simply our time here on earth. This promise of an eternal bond between husbands and wives and parents and children is a source of joy and peace to many Latter-day Saints who have lost loved ones but have faith they will be together again someday.  

 

 

The temple garment helps members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remember God and express their devotion to Him. These garments are worn by adult members of the church as a private, personal reminder of their commitment to God.

A common nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “mormon.” Another common nickname is the “LDS Church.” Thus the Washington D.C. Temple is sometimes refered to as the “Mormon Temple” or “LDS Temple.” Calling it the Washington D.C. Temple is accepted and preferred. The nickname “mormon” stems from a book of scripture known as The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Learn more about The Book of Mormon. While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use. Thus, we ask all to please avoid using the abbreviation “LDS” or the nickname “Mormon” as substitutes for the true name of the Church. When referring to Church members, the terms “members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” or “Latter-day Saints,” are preferred.

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