Keep Oakland Beautiful Points of Interest remind us of how interesting and beautiful Oakland is and why we should care about protecting it.
Sitting on 18 acres, atop a hill in East Oakland (4770 Lincoln Avenue), the 170-foot Oakland California Temple is one of the most visible landmarks in the Bay Area. Dedicated in 1964, this temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is made of reinforced concrete, faced with Sierra white granite. The structure includes a central tower, surrounded by four corner towers. It is especially stunning at night, with the granite lit from below and the tall, pyramidal towers glowing from within. The grounds around the temple are also quite beautiful.
The Oakland California Temple is one of seven LDS temples in California and one of 143 LDS temples currently in existence worldwide. It is a house of the Lord, existing as a holy place of worship where individuals make sacred promises with God. In the temple, the LDS congregation is taught, makes covenants, and receives sacred rites and ceremonies called ‘ordinances’ that enable them to live in the presence of God.
One ordinance is called ‘endowment,’ in which individuals are taught the purpose of life, the mission of Jesus Christ, and God’s plans for His children. Another ordinance is called ‘sealing,’ in which husbands and wives are sealed to one another and children are sealed to their parents in eternal families. Individuals can also receive these ordinances on behalf of deceased ancestors, so that the deceased, who may not have been granted these gifts during their lives, have an opportunity to accept them posthumously.
The 50-year-old Oakland California Temple is uniquely beautiful, visible from near and far, its towers pointing heavenward. It’s both a place of worship for people of the Mormon faith and a gem for all of us to enjoy.
Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everybody’s business.
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