Many people tell me that we Latter-day Saints are silly to build temples, and the there is no need for temples anymore now that Christ has come. I would encourage them to reconsider their viewpoint in light of scripture. For example, when the Lord returns in glory, guess where He is going to go, according to Malachi 3:1-3? And after that, during the great Millennium, guess where the saints will be serving God day and night, according to Revelation 7:15? And before all that, in the last days, guess what will be established in the tops of the mountains as a focal point of the international gathering of people following the Lord, according to Isaiah 2:2-4? And after Christ came, guess where the early Christians were daily, according to Acts 2:46 and Acts 5:42? And for good measure, you may want to ponder on other passages like Rev. 15:5-8; Matt. 23:21; Luke 24:53; Psalms 27:4; and Psalm 26:8.
According to the Bible, the temple, the sacred house of the Lord, was a place of covenant making, worship, and instruction that was important before Christ came, during the ministry of Christ, and during the days of the early Christian Church. Prophets foretold that it would still play a critical role in the last days before the coming of the Messiah, during the coming of the Messiah, and after the coming of the Messiah in the Millennium.
One can offer lots of reasons to explain why the temple is not needed, but it’s a case of special pleading to justify the troubling absence of the temple. Regrettably, the mainstream Christian world (and Jewish world) has lost the temple and an understanding of what the temple is. One can justify that fact with all sorts of arguments, but the Bible is pretty clear that the Lord will continue to use the Holy Temple right up to the end. This would be a terribly puzzling thing if it weren’t for the wonderful news that we have: the Temple is back. The ancient temple concept has been restored, established not just in the tops of the mountains at the focal point of the gathering, but also throughout the world.