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Oakland California Temple, Oakland

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Must see · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, is a nontrinitarian, Christian restorationist church that considers itself to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 16.5 million members and 67,000 full-time volunteer missionaries. In 2012, the National Council of Churches ranked the church as the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States, with over 6.5 million members there as of January 2018. It is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the early 19th century period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening.

Adherents view faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement as fundamental principles of their religion. Church theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus Christ, though church doctrines regarding the nature of God and the potential of mankind differ significantly from mainstream Christianity. The church has an open canon which includes four scriptural texts: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Other than the Bible, the majority of the church's canon constitutes revelations received by Joseph Smith; these include commentary and exegesis about the Bible, texts described as lost parts of the Bible, and other works believed to be written by ancient prophets, including the Book of Mormon. Because of some of the doctrinal differences, Catholic, Orthodox, and several Protestant churches consider the church to be distinct and separate from mainstream Christianity.
Under the doctrine of continuing revelation, Latter-day Saints believe that the church president is a modern-day "prophet, seer, and revelator" and that Jesus Christ, under the direction of God the Father, leads the church by revealing his will to its president. Individual members of the church believe that they can also receive personal revelation from God in conducting their lives. The president heads a hierarchical structure with various levels reaching down to local congregations, known as wards. Bishops, drawn from the laity, lead the wards. Male members, beginning in January of the year they reach age 12, may be ordained to the priesthood, provided they are living the standards of the church. Women are not ordained to the priesthood, but occupy leadership roles in some church organizations.
Both men and women may serve as missionaries and the church maintains a large missionary program that proselytizes and conducts humanitarian services worldwide. Faithful members adhere to church laws of sexual purity, health, fasting, and Sabbath observance, and contribute ten percent of their income to the church in tithing. The church also teaches about sacred ordinances through which adherents make covenants with God, including baptism, confirmation, the sacrament , priesthood ordination, endowment, and celestial marriage.
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  • The missionaries in the visitors center are wonderful. The garden on the rooftop of the temple is also gorgeous with the best view of the Bay I've ever encountered. A great place to spend some quite.....  more »
  • This is a beautiful temple! There were nice views of Oakland and San Francisco that could be seen from the back of the temple grounds. Missionaries there were awesome, and gave great insightful tours....  more »
  • I'm reading the architecture here. it is pretty nice in there and it seems like they spend a lot of money to make it look the way it looks. it's all pretty weird though it's definitely gives inside view of the life and the beliefs of the Mormon people, but to each their own and they want to join a cult. they definitely use the visiting times as a form of recruitment and explaining themselves to the community and but it's kind of gives an eerie feeling if you're not into the religion and if you're not easily persuaded. But architectures pretty good and it was a nice view
  • A beautiful church and complex. The visitors center is warm and inviting, even if you are not a practicing Mormon. The people working here truly are kind and understanding, and were very friendly and excited that I was there to see the church. Visiting for the architecture alone is worth it. The church was closed on a Monday, so I recommend coming on other days or calling to see if the interior is open. Absolutely a must see in Oakland.
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