The Los Angeles Temple

A Beacon on a Hill

By Richard O. Cowan

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President David O. McKay was intimately involved with the planning and construction of this largest temple that the Church had ever built. Its operation reflects some of the challenges the Church faced in the changing cultural climate of Southern California. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Los Angeles Temple. The text is illustrated with more than a hundred photographs of the construction, groundbreaking, installation of the angel Moroni, and cornerstone ceremony—many of which have not been previously published. This book is also enhanced with beautiful illustrations using modern artwork and photographs. Among the more notable artwork is the exquisite cover painting of the Los Angeles Temple by Kendall Davenport titled "A More Excellent Hope" (see more of Kendall's artwork online at