BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the first time in more than 40 years, the Mormon Temple in Montgomery County will allow non-Mormons to see the inside of the building.

Many commuters catch a glimpse of the castle-like structure in Kensington daily while traveling along the Capital Beltway. That is the most anyone who isn’t a member of the Mormon faith has seen of the church in years, because it is not open to the public.

The last open house at the temple was on November 2, 1974. According to, the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spencer W. Kimball, dedicated the 160,000-square-foot facility that month.

Now, because of upgrades needed within the temple’s mechanical system, the building is scheduled to close in March 2018. It will not reopen until 2020. Also during that time, the building’s furnishings will be “refreshed,” according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The temple will be rededicated once the project is complete. More details will be provided on the planned open house and rededication closer to the project’s completion.

The Oakland California Temple will also be undergoing construction beginning in March of next year.

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Comments (28)
  1. Bill Turner says:

    It looks even better on the inside.

  2. “… However, it is not a place that is open to all for Sunday worship.”

    Actually, the temple isn’t open to anyone on Sunday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) hold Sunday services in chapels. Chapels are open to all. Temples, the purposes of which is to perform sacred ordinances, are only open those who are able to participate in those ordinances — but not on Sunday!

  3. Actually, non-members are permitted to enter LDS temples during open houses conducted prior to its formal dedication. It’s only after dedication that only recommend-holders may enter.

  4. Paul Higley says:

    Poor reporting. I guess we should expect that when you consider how far the industry has fallen in the last 30 years.

    The Temple is not a Churh. As a member even I have not been inside because I don’t have a Temple Recommend. Anyone is welcome to attend any Sunday meeting. Only worthy members are allowed in the Temple as it is a Holy place.

    1. Greg Coe says:

      If you are not worthy of worshiping in the temple, then you surely won’t be found worthy of getting to create your own planet, then populating it with spirit babies, that you would have made with your many many wives. Darn it! Read Section 132 Doctrine & Covenants.

      1. There is nothing in section 132 about our own planets, or spirit BABIES with multiple wives.

  5. “Know ye not that you are the temple…”
    My wife is a Mormon but I don’t understand the church.

  6. Len Den says:

    Not open if your family member is getting married. Very divisive. Tax exempt. You tube videos will definitely shed light but wont show the oaths and blood rituals that use to take place. Sorry this cult exists.

    1. And if getting married in the temple is going to cause rifts in families, that is the families’ problem, not the church’s. No one is obligated to marry in the temple.

  7. Packy Skates says:

    So do I have to bring magic underwear or will it be provided? When do I get my own planet?

    1. There is no such thing as “magic underwear”.

      And we don’t know anything about getting a planet.

  8. Billy Barooh says:

    Let’s see, stupid magic underwear comment? Check. Calling a Cult? Check. Lazy jokes about polygamy although it’s been outlawed in the mormon church for 127 years? Check. Ominous insinuations of what goes on in mormon temples? Check. References to youtube to find the truth out about mormons (like a dude in a double-wide trailer with a video camera and an ax to grind with the LDS faith somehow is the gold standard of truth about a church he’s not a part of). Check.

    Mormons care about family, their neighbors, and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Honest efforts to get to know mormons or their religion will uplift your soul, not drag it down. Classic lazy stereotypes and uneducated statements by morons online should be taken as laughable musings of mean-spirited individuals trolling the faith of our well-meaning neighbors.

    1. Sam Eugene says:

      Mormon is just one m away from MORON. SEX Pervert Joe smith re-wrote the true gospel …. There is a special place in hell for that. He re wrote it to give credibility to his perverated sexual behaviour and then claim moron men will be gods with their own planets … Just like satan aspired to become God and got booted from heaven because of that.

  9. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  10. Steve Adams says:

    Well… the only not new scenario I know of, is that all temples allow tours before their dedications. And, prior to new dedications after renovations.

    Temple are special places, and they are all beautiful.

  11. Sam Eugene says:

    Temples are where satanic occult rituals take place ….. that is why it’s all secretive. But enough ex morons are out there now who have exposed the dirty secrets. Morons have much more in common with Islam than any other religious cults.

  12. David Davis says:

    Cue the Mormon bashing in 3…2….1…