Indianapolis Mormon Temple

Indianapolis Mormon Temple

Indianapolis Mormon Temple

August was a busy month for me, filled with fun things. One of my treats was touring the new Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Temple, built in Indianapolis. My friend, Melissa, is Mormon, and to clear the elephant out of the room — no, I am not Mormon; and no, she did not try to convert me 🙂 She was just understandably proud of this beautiful place and wanted to share it with friends. It was a treat to see!

Indianapolis Mormon Temple

Melissa was happy to have a Temple in our state — prior to this, there was not one in Indiana. She and her family had needed to travel to Chicago or another state when they visited a temple.

I have to say, you won’t find a friendlier or more wholesome group anywhere than at a Mormon place. We were directed toward parking and into the building by men neatly dressed in dress shirts and pants. Everyone smiled and was friendly. We were shown a brief video about the temple and its significance, and then we got into line for our tour.

During the weeks prior to the Temple’s official opening, it was open to the general public for tours, and that is when we went. Now that it is officially opened, you can no longer visit it, although this video tour is great. You can see many of the same sights we saw.

I was amazed at the Temple. It was truly like stepping inside one of King Ludwig’s palaces, or maybe one of Donald Trump’s homes: opulent. Lots of gold. Rich woods. It is obvious that church members want their Temple to be a very special place.

Some facts:

  • You might think the limestone on the building is from Indiana. Wrong! It is actually from Turkey. Why? The Turkish limestone will last longer than Indiana’s.
  • The Temple includes several features unique to Indiana: the landscaping includes many Hoosier plants, including the tulip poplar tree (Indiana’s state tree); the tulip poplar flower motif is seen throughout the building as well. The “steeple” on the Temple also echoes Indy’s Soldiers and Sailors monument.
  • See the golden guy atop the Temple? That’s the angel Moroni (if you haven’t heard of him, that’s probably because he’s a Mormon thing).
  • Beautiful, full-wall murals are found in several places in the building. One features scenes from Indiana, along with special touches like the state bird, the cardinal.
  • See the circle-within-a-square design on the huge doors behind us? This design was found in the original 1821 street and block platting of Indianapolis.


Indianapolis Mormon Temple

So, what happens in the Temple? If you’re Mormon, this where you get married. Melissa share that she had been married in a Temple. She invited her family — but any relatives who aren’t Mormon can’t enter the Temple, so her in-laws could not attend. Mormons also are baptized here on behalf of ancestors who died without being members of the faith (again, this is a Mormon belief). The baptismal pool was amazing; it sat atop 12 large bronze oxen.

More beautiful photos from the Indianapolis Temple.

Have you ever visited a Mormon Temple?





5 thoughts on “Indianapolis Mormon Temple

  1. I have never visited a Morman temple. My closest brush with a Morman was the years I spent watching Beverly Nye on TV. She had a show on around the noon hour where she cooked and gave many practical tips. I have at least 3 of her cookbooks. She was awesome.
    I have a healthy respect for the clean lifestyle that Mormans lead.
    A close friend, today, is flying to Salt Lake City Utah to attend her Morman brother’s funeral there. She is not Morman so she was boning up on the faith before leaving.

  2. What a beautiful building! I have never been inside a Mormon temple but would love to do a tour like you did. Thanks, Susan, for sharing with us.

  3. We toured a temple in Salt Lake City, I believe, years ago when my parents and I were traveling out west. I remember my dad saying Mormon missionaries would be at our house following that. He was right! We’d barely gotten home before they came to the door to proselytize.

  4. The only Mormon Temple that I have ever visited is the big one in Salt Lake City, Utah. We lucked out and were thrilled to get to watch and hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practicing while we were going through on a self-guided tour as I remember it.

  5. My husband is from southern Idaho, where there is a heavy Mormon population. When we used to go visit his folks, it cost a mint to fly right into their small town, so we often flew into SLC and drove the rest of the way. One of those times we toured the temple there. Interesting! And sad in some ways. Years ago on an online forum I ran into another lady who sounded like a Christian, and we began to communicate outside of the forum. It turned out that she was Mormon, and as we talked about our various beliefs, it was sad that she was so sincere and so close in many ways, but so far in others, mainly in who they believe Jesus is and isn’t. When confronted with clear Scripture, such as many passages where God proclaims He is the only God (they believe everyone can become a god and that Jesus was a human who became god, not the only begotten Son of God), there was just a wall there, a blindness to the truth.

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