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The Powerful Symbolism of the Temple as The Mountain of the Lord

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In the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide, temples hold a profound significance as “The Mountain of the Lord.” This symbolism, deeply rooted in ancient scripture and modern revelation, reveals profound truths about the purpose and nature of temples in the Latter-day Saint faith.

The Mountain as a Place of Revelation

Nephi praying while on a mountain

Throughout history, mountains have often been associated with divine revelation and communion with God. In the Bible, Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the law and commune with Jehovah. Similarly, the Book of Mormon recounts the experiences of prophets like Nephi and Alma, who received divine instruction and guidance on mountaintops.

In the Latter-day Saint tradition, temples serve as modern-day mountains where individuals can ascend spiritually to commune with God and receive personal revelation. Just as Moses and other ancient prophets received divine guidance on mountaintops, Latter-day Saints believe that temples are places where they can draw closer to God and receive answers to their prayers.

Symbolism of Ascent and Preparation

Taylorsville Utah Temple

In many religious traditions, the act of ascending a mountain is symbolic of spiritual progression and preparation. The journey to the summit requires effort, perseverance, and sacrifice, mirroring the spiritual journey of discipleship.

Similarly, Latter-day Saints view the journey to the temple as a symbolic ascent toward spiritual refinement and preparation. As individuals enter the temple, they leave behind the distractions and cares of the world, symbolically ascending to a higher plane of spiritual focus. Through sacred ordinances and covenants performed within the temple, individuals are prepared to receive blessings and guidance from the Lord.

The Mountain as a Place of Holiness

Mountains have long been regarded as places of holiness and divine presence. In many cultures, mountains are revered as sacred sites where the veil between heaven and earth is thin, and mortals can experience a glimpse of the divine.

Likewise, Latter-day Saint temples are considered holy sanctuaries where God’s presence is manifest. The temple is a place where individuals can feel the Spirit more acutely and experience a profound sense of peace and reverence. Within the temple’s walls, sacred ordinances are performed that bind families together for eternity and enable individuals to draw closer to God.

The Mountain as a Symbol of Zion

In Latter-day Saint theology, the concept of Zion is closely associated with the image of a mountain. Isaiah prophesied of a time when “the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains” (Isaiah 2:2), symbolizing the establishment of a righteous society where God’s presence dwells among His people.

Latter-day Saints believe that temples are physical manifestations of Zion, serving as gathering places for the faithful and symbols of God’s kingdom on earth. As temples are constructed and dedicated throughout the world, they stand as beacons of light and symbols of hope for all who seek to draw closer to the Lord.


The symbolism of the temple as “The Mountain of the Lord” holds deep spiritual significance for Latter-day Saints. As individuals enter these sacred edifices, they embark on a journey of spiritual ascent, drawing closer to God and receiving divine guidance and blessings. Just as ancient prophets communed with God on mountaintops, Latter-day Saints believe that temples are places where heaven and earth meet, and mortals can experience the presence of the divine. May we cherish and honor these sacred spaces, recognizing them as symbols of God’s love and mercy toward His children.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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