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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, colloquially known as Mormons, pray and worship in Temple buildings much like those of other religions. Similar to the historic churches of the past, LDS Temples are known for their elaborate edifice, skilled artwork, and imposing architecture. Temples are separated from church meetinghouses, which are intended for daily and/or weekly devotional services; Temples are intended for specific rituals and larger-scale services, or for holiday services.
Temples are often larger than other denominational churches or synagogues, and serve multiple purposes. They are intended to be: places of worship and refuge for LDS members in good standing; places of education and learning; an architectural example in the community of LDS principles and morals; places where baptisms and endowments are performed; headquarters for the local LDS officials; and, of course, the place where God manifests to His followers, or "A House of The Lord."
Architecturally, LDS Temples follow several common themes, such as orientation towards the East, triple spires, and astronomical symbols. These follow LDS tradition and offer a unifying theme as well as deeper religious meaning for those in attendance. LDS Temples tend to be large, literally for their congregations and symbolically for the presence of God. Aside from the LDS-specific symbolism present in many Temples, they share characteristics with other places of worship, and are normally closed to the public except on special occasions such as their initial completion.
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