The Oakland California Temple is considered a literal house of the Lord by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The principal purpose of the temple is to provide ordinances and blessings to members in the Oakland area. Ordinances include endowment, marriage, and baptism.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the botanical gardens, calming fountains, and enjoys the views of the San Francisco Bay Area. While you’re visiting, stop by the visitors’ center for a personalized tour. 了解更多>>
Many locals call it the Mormon Temple, but the actual name is the Oakland California Temple. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The temple is not where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are different than the regular chapels which the Church has around the world. Members of the Church worship in meetinghouses around the world, and visitors are always welcome to participate. Several chapels are located on the Temple Hill grounds. Click here for more information about 教会聚会时间及地点.
The practice of building temples goes back to the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. The Oakland California temple is one of 166+ modern temples built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an active temple recommend are allowed to enter the inside of the Oakland California Temple.
Anyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to visit the temple grounds, attend worship services in the chapel, research in the FamilySearch Library, tour the visitors’ center, and use the other facilities.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perform several ordinances in the Oakland Temple. Ordinances are sacred acts that create a binding two-way promise between God and a person who wishes to return to God’s presence.
The endowment ordinance “consists of a series of instructions and includes covenants to live righteously and follow the requirements of the gospel.” The member makes promises to follow the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marriages performed in the Oakland California temple are considered eternal and continue beyond death. However, this forever-lasting marriage is conditional upon both the husband and wife staying faithful to the promises they make in the temple and keeping the standards of Christ’s teachings.
At night, the exterior of the building is illuminated by over one million lumens of light. The FAA uses the Oakland California Temple as a navigation beacon.
Designed by architect Harold W. Burton in 1962, the temple features a combination of Art Deco, Asian, and mid-century elements. In a recent 2019 renovation, architect David Hunter & interior designer Karen Willardson. The building has many Asian-inspired elements represented in the structure of the building along with the interior design.
The north face of the building features a relief sculpture that depicts Christ teaching His disciples, which includes both men and women.
Artwork includes paintings, murals, and relief artworks. The lobby has a relief artwork representing Adam and Eve and another with Christ in the garden at Gethsemane. Other paintings throughout the building feature scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and nature scenes of California landscapes.
Several rooms include full-length mirrors, opulent crystal sconces, and refined oriental-designed seating. The baptistry features gold leaf decorations on the ceiling, marble columns, and bronze railings. The sealing rooms are adorned with dark cherry wood paneling, backlit marble altars, and mirrors that create an infinite reflection. Some of the sealing rooms feature barrel vaulted ceilings.
After 2 years of renovation, the Oakland California temple was rededicated on Jun 16, 2019, by Dallin H. Oaks.
A new visitor waiting area was added that features added windows that gather light reflected from the reflection pool outside.
Only members of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an active temple recommend are allowed to enter the inside the Oakland California Temple.
Everyone, regardless of religion, background, or beliefs, is more than welcome to enjoy the peaceful fountains and gardens, take a tour in the visitors’ center, learn about the life of Christ through art and murals, attend devotionals and performances held in the Temple Hill Auditorium, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services.
Temples have been around for a long time. Moses had a tabernacle, Solomon built a beautiful temple, and Jesus taught at the temple in Jerusalem. Today, temples are built all over the world. Inside temples, couples can be married for eternity, not just “’til death do you part.” Members of the Church can also perform baptisms and other ordinances for their loved ones who died without receiving these blessings within temples. We understand that those who have passed on and have had a baptism performed on their behalf in the temple then have the opportunity to accept or reject the promises made with Heavenly Father at baptism.
Yes. While you can’t go inside the temple itself, you’re more than welcome to enjoy the fountains and gardens, take a tour in the visitors’ center, learn about the life of Christ through art and murals, attend devotionals and performances held in the Temple Hill Auditorium, and join us on Sunday for uplifting worship services.
A common nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “mormon.” Another common nickname is the “LDS Church.” Thus the Oakland Temple is sometimes refered to as the “Mormon Temple” or “LDS Temple.” Calling it the Oakland Temple is accepted and preferred.
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While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use. Thus, we ask all to please avoid using the abbreviation “LDS” or the nickname “Mormon” as substitutes for the true name of the Church.