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The House of the Lord

Is Gods Temple on earth today? When we talk about temples today we often think of holy buildings, built thousand of years ago, while Prophets of God still lived on earth. As part of the restoration. however, The House of the Lord is again on earth! In connection with the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to build a house to His name. This has always been the case when the Lords people have been gathered. In a revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith given April the 26th 1838, the Lord said:

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God." ( D&C 109:8 )

The first temple that was built in this Gospel dispensation was dedicated by Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio, March the 27th, 1836.

As fulfilment of Prophecy the Lord appeared in the Kirtland Temple
While Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were in the Tempel, April 3rd 1836, the Lord Jesus Christ personally appeared to them and approved the Temple as His House ( D&C 110:1-8 ). After the appearance of the Lord, the heavens opened again and thereafter Moses and then Elias appeared and committed unto them the keys of the gathering of Israel, and to the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham. As a partial fulfilment of Malachi's prophecy ( Mal. 3:1 ) Elijah, the Prophet, appeared to them. The same Elijah who was taken up to heaven ( 2 Kgs 2:1,11) ) without tasting death. He said:

"Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi� testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come� To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse� Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors." ( D&C 110:14-16 )

The Purpose of The House of the Lord
In The House of the Lord faithful members of the church can enter into covenants with God, by receiving the holy ordinances of Salvation for themselves. They can also perform proxy ordinances on behalf of members of their own family, who have passed away. Married couples are sealed to each other for time and eternity. Parents and their children are sealed to each other so they belong to each other in the life hereafter. Members also attend the Temple to worship the Lord, to learn eternal truths and to build up their faith and to feel the peace of God.

Earlier President of the church, Gordon B. Hinckley, said the following in his talk, This Peaceful House of God:

"Each temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands as an expression of the testimony of this people that God our Eternal Father lives, that He has a plan for the blessing of His sons and daughters of all generations, that His Beloved Son, Jesus the Christ, who was born in Bethlehem of Judea and crucified on the cross of Golgotha, is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, whose atoning sacrifice makes possible the fulfilment of that plan in the eternal life of each who accepts and lives the gospel. Every temple, be it large or small, old or new, is an expression of our testimony that life beyond the grave is as real and certain as is mortality. There would be no need for temples if the human spirit and soul were not eternal. Every ordinance performed in these sacred houses is everlasting in its consequences. While upon the earth the Lord conferred upon His chosen disciples the eternal priesthood, saying:

"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." ( Matt. 16:19 )

The Melchisedek Priesthood were restored by the early Apostles Peter, James and John.

This same authority was bestowed in this generation under the hands of Peter, James, and John, who had received it directly from the Lord. This power to seal in the heavens that which is sealed upon the earth is exercised in these holy houses. Every one of us is subject to mortal death. But through the eternal plan made possible by the sacrifice of the Redeemer, all may go on to glories infinitely greater than any of the wondrous things of this life. This is why those of an earlier generation struggled so hard with such tremendous faith to build a house worthy to be dedicated to God our Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ." ( Ensign, May 1993 )

Mission of the Prophet