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Members of the Fort Collins Colorado stake are blessed to be able to worship in the Denver Colorado Temple, located roughly 12 miles south of downtown. It was dedicated by President Ezra Taft Benson in 1986, at which time he described the temple as a "beacon to members and nonmembers alike…a constant, visible symbol that God has not left man to grope in darkness."
President Boyd K. Packer stated, "If you understand why we build temples, you must understand first that we believe in revelation, and in the restoration of the gospel."
"The temple lifts us, it exhalts us. It stands as a beacon for all to see, and points us towards celestial glory. It is the house of God. All that occurs within the walls of the temples is uplifting and ennobling," said President Thomas S. Monson in the following video addressing why the Church builds temples.
Visitors are welcome to visit the temple grounds at any temple and attend open houses prior to dedication. During the public open house of the Denver Colorado temple, more than 140,000 visitors toured the building. Only baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are qualified and prepared are allowed to enter a temple after it is dedicated.
The Denver Colorado temple is the 40th operating temple of the Church. As of this writing there are more than 130 temples in operation. You can find out more about this temple and other temples of the Church around the world, and learn more about temples and family history. Also, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about temples in general.