Inside the Manhattan New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Five years ago next month, on Friday, 29 February 2008, Susan and I took the 1 train uptown from Times Square-42nd Street to 66th Street-Lincoln Center and entered the Manhattan New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There we were married for time and eternity by the authority of the priesthood.
The Manhattan temple was dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley on 13 June 2004, the Church’s 119th operating temple. Like all temples, it is distinct from other structures, including the Church’s meetinghouses, as a House of the Lord. It is a place set apart from the rest of the world—and the noise and tumult of the Midtown streets that surround it—where His Spirit dwells in great abundance and where all God’s children may receive the highest ordinances of the priesthood, including sealing as husbands and wives, parents and children, families for eternity.
But even among the temples of the Restoration the Manhattan temple is unique. It is one of only two temples—the other is the Hong Kong China Temple—that is inside a larger structure. Other facilities within the temple building include a meetinghouse for three wards and a Family History Center, as well as the Church’s New York Public Affairs Office.
On these pages we present photos of the interior of the Manhattan temple made available by the Church when the temple was dedicated. We hope they convey the peace and reverence that can be felt in the House of the Lord and the beauty of this place that means so much to us because it is where our family began.
This article appeared on pages 16–21 of Issue 9 | January 2013.