Mormon Temples to ‘Dot the Earth’
Mormons believe that temples are very sacred, very special places. The blessings available through the temple are held in the highest of esteem by Mormons, and they want those blessings to be available to all people. While it is possible for everyone to qualify to enter the temple, it may not be possible for all people to make it to the temples, particularly if they live in areas that are far from a temple.
For this reason, the Church continually tries to build temples all over the world so that the blessings of the temple can be available to the largest number of Mormons. It is expected that the building of temples will continue, as part of our preparation for the return of the Savior at the Second Coming:
We expect to see the day when temples will dot the earth, each one a house of the Lord; each one built in the mountains of the lord; each one a sacred sanctuary to which Israel and the Gentiles shall gather to receive the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Perhaps they will number in the hundreds, or even in the thousands, before the Lord returns. [Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 277.]
The San Diego Mormon temple is not, therefore, the only Mormon temple. There are over 125 other temples, in all corners of the globe. Here are just a few sites where you can get some more information about specific temples:
- Las Vegas Temple (Nevada, USA). Situated on the side of a mountain overlooking Las Vegas, this temple is a spirtual oasis in the desert, beckoning all to look unto God.
- Oakland Temple (California, USA). Nestled in the Berkeley Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the Oakland temple has become a well-known area landmark.
If you want to know more about temples in general, consider visiting the temples site sponsored by the Mormon Church.