Religion: Behind the Temple Walls

To people of other faiths, the Mormon temple is an impenetrable place of mystery. Whether it is the Gothic-spired colossus in Salt Lake City, the bone white cruciform on Hawaii's Oahu island or any of the other temples that serve the 3.3 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the curious outsider invariably meets a closed door. Only Mormons in good standing can participate in the holy "ordinances" that are performed in the temple precincts, or even visit the rooms where they are performed.

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