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Master of Science (MS)




George Ellsworth


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, is one of the few religious organizations in the world today that constructs temples, since its founding in the year 1830 these sacred edifices have exerted a definite influence upon its members, and have played an important part in the religious activities of the church and fulfilled a definite role in its gospel teachings. A number of these temples have been constructed under varying circumstances in different parts of the country where the need has arisen. These buildings were more than houses of worship, for the erection of churches has taken place concurrently with the construction of these temples, to understand the relationship which these edifices hold to the doctrine and teachings of the church one must go back to the early days of the church and note the origin and development of the temple idea, as well as the place which it holds in the hearts of the members of the church.

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