The iconic Mormon temple visible from Highway 13 in Oakland is open to the public for a limited time through early June.
According to the website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the temple will be rededicated on June 16, after which only Mormons with a special ticket from their spiritual leaders will be allowed to enter the sacred space. That's the way it's been since the temple opened in 1964.
We were lucky enough to get a tour of the temple on May 6, and will be sharing that experience in coming days.
At right: The exterior of the Mormon temple in Oakland. Below: The baptismal font. Mormons are known for their practice of baptism by proxy. They have worked with Jewish organizations to cease baptisms of victims of the Holocaust.
During the media tour of the temple in early May, KRCB news director Steve Mencher spoke with two members of the church leadership.