Washington D.C. Temple
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 in the Washington D.C. area. Ordinances include endowment, marriage, and baptism.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens, calming fountains, and enjoy the views of the stunning architecture. While you’re visiting, stop by the Visitors’ Center for a personalized tour.
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 sits on a prominent site in Kensington and has become a local landmark for motorists, who have come to call it the beltway temple.
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 on the Temple grounds. Click here for more information about 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 166+ modern temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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, attend worship services in the chapel, 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 ponder and pray.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints perform several ordinances in the D.C. Temple. Ordinances are sacred acts that create a binding promise between God and a person who wishes to return to God’s presence.
The endowment ordinance “consists of a series of instructions and includes covenants to live righteously and follow the requirements of the gospel.” The member makes promises to follow the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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.
Baptisms in the Washington D.C. Temple are performed on behalf of ancestors of members that are deceased and didn’t have a chance to be baptized.
Frequently Asked Questions
Only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with an active temple recommend are currently 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, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services.
Yes. 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 at the visitors’ center, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services.
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 people sometimes refer to the Washington D.C. Temple as the “mormon temple” or “LDS Temple.”
The nickname “mormon” stems from a book of scripture we have called 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 that all please avoid using the abbreviation “LDS” or the nickname “Mormon” as substitutes for the 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.