If you have read my blog much, you have probably noticed I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormon). With all the media hoopla around Mitt Romney's campaign for president, the spotlight has been turned on the LDS Church, including our sacred temples.
This is the Salt Lake Temple, where my husband and I were married. The LDS/Mormon term is "sealed" because we believe that by the power of the holy priesthood of God, we are sealed together for time and all eternity, not just "til death do us part."
In our sacred temples we also perform proxy baptisms for our ancestors who have died. This is not to automatically make them posthumous Mormons. It is more our way of extending an invitation. We believe that the spirits of those who die are in heaven, and they should have the opportunity to choose what we have to offer. (See above "time and all eternity" reference.)
Anyone who wants to see the inside of an LDS temple is welcome to take a tour of a newly built temple before it is dedicated, or of an older temple after a renovation, before it is rededicated. Check out the link below for an unbiased opinion from someone not of our faith who recently toured the new Kansas City temple. After a temple is dedicated, only members of the LDS Church in good standing are allowed to go inside. However, anyone and everyone in the world is more than welcome, if they desire, to join our religion and qualify themselves to go to the temple. It's the most accessible exclusive club in the world. Just flag down some LDS/Mormon missionaries. They will be happy to give you more details.