Practical Information for Those Going to the Temple
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To be admitted to the temple you must possess a current recommend. This recommend must be signed by the bishop of your ward and the president of your stake. In the mission field the branch president and the mission president have responsibility for issuing temple recommends. Only those who are worthy should go to the temple. The bishop has the responsibility of making inquiries into our personal worthiness.
When we do ordinance work in the temple, we wear white clothing. This clothing is symbolic of purity, worthiness and cleanliness. Upon entering the temple, you exchange your street clothing for the white clothing of the temple. This change of clothing takes place in the locker room, where each individual is provided with a locker and a dressing space that is completely private. If you are going to the temple for the first time, counsel with your bishop. When he issues you a recommend he will explain something of the nature of the clothing that will be required in the temple. Obtaining this clothing need not be a worry to you. You can either buy it through Church Distribution Services or rent it at the temple. In the latter case, a very modest fee is required, which covers only the cost of laundering the clothing.
Care should also be in the the pressing and cleaning of your own clothes. You would feel uncomfortable if you were not properly attired. It is pleasing to the Lord when we bathe our bodies and put on clean clothing, however inexpensive that clothing may be. We should dress in such a way that we might comfortably attend a sacrament meeting or a gathering that is proper and dignified. When you have the opportunity to go to the temple to participate in the temple ceremonies or to witness a sealing, remember where you are. You are a guest in the house of the Lord. You should groom yourself and clothe yourself in such a way that you would feel comfortable should your Host appear. There is only one occasion when members of the Church are invited into the temple proper in “street” clothing, and that is when they witness a temple marriage. In that case, only the shoes are removed, and these may be replaced with white footwear. Brides and grooms enter the temple to be married for time and all eternity. There brides wear white dresses that are long-sleeved, modest in design and fabric, and free of elaborate ornamentation. Grooms also dress in white. Brethren who come to witness temple marriages do not wear tuxedos.
Patrons who occupy the temple patron housing are expected to attend the temple every day when the temple is open.
Patron Housing Information
Address: 5a Jubilee Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
Phone: (27) 011-645-1418
Childcare is the responsibility of the parents during the temple visit. Children should not be left unattended or unsupervised. Childcare is provided only on the day of the sealing.
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