WHAT IS A TEMPLE
Why Latter-day Saints Build Temples
” Temples Through Time “
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Each temple stands as a beacon to the world, an expression of our testimony that God, our Eternal Father, lives, that He desires to bless us and, indeed, to bless His sons and daughters of all generations. Each of our temples is an expression of our testimony that life beyond the grave is as real and as certain as is our life here on earth.
Families Can Be Forever
Latter-day Saint doctrine teaches that family relationships on earth continue after death, which is distinctive among Christian faiths. To live as families beyond mortality, marriage sealing ordinances are performed in temples. Couples who join the Church after they are already married may also be sealed to each other, and to their children as well. For the covenants of the temple to remain in effect, individuals and couples must continue to follow a course of Christian service and commitment throughout their lives.
History of the Tokyo Japan Temple
President Spencer W. Kimball announced the building of the temple at a Tokyo area conference held August 9, 1975. Before the prophet could complete his announcement, the congregation broke into spontaneous applause. They lifted their hands high in support of the proposal and wiped away tears of gratitude.
Mission President Harrison T. Price, who was present as a missionary for Elder Cowley’s dedication of the mission home and prophecy of the temple in 1949, was called to supervise demolition of mission headquarters to make way for the temple.
One of the contractors was surprised to learn the building project was a temple. He recognized that the Buddhist and Shinto religions built shrines and temples and that Christian churches built meetinghouses and cathedrals, but he had never heard of a Christian church building a temple. He was told the temple would be “a sacred building, a holy house, where the glorious work of salvation for the living and the dead would be carried out, where baptisms for the dead and other ordinances would be performed to bring about the joining of wife to husband, children to parents, for the living as well as the dead, and where families would be sealed together for time and for all eternity.”
On December 10, 2004, an angel Moroni statue was added to the spire of the temple, as witnessed by hundreds of applauding onlookers. Although rain was forecasted for the 10th, the day was beautiful and clear. The scaffolding was taken down the following week, revealing a more beautiful and magnificent temple than before.
Today, Japan is home to more than 130,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in approximately 260 congregations.
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9 August 1975
10 April 1978
Public Open House:
15 September–18 October 1980
27–29 October 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball
0.46 acres | 0.2 hectares
Structural steel and reinforced concrete faced with 289 panels of precast stone, having the appearance of light gray granite
Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue
Two instruction rooms, five sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:
52,590 square feet | 4,886 square meters
5-8-10 Minami Azabu,
106-0047 , Japan