The Los Angeles Temple

by Richard O. Cowan

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President David O. McKay was intimately involved with the planning and construction of the Los Angels Temple, the largest temple that the Church has 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 beloved 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.

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Pages376
Size8.25 x 10.5
ISBN9781944394356
PublishedDeseret Book and RSC BYU 2018

About the Author

Richard O. Cowan

After earning his doctorate in history at Stanford University in 1961, RICHARD O. COWAN taught Church history at Brigham Young University for fifty-three years. His research focused on Latter-day Saint history during the twentieth century. He has authored more than a dozen books related to this topic.

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This book draws people to the temple
By , Submitted on 2018-08-19

I started this book not knowing anything about the history of the church's establishment in California or the Los Angeles Temple. It was very intriguing and informative to learn so much about the history of the Saints in California. I loved learning about the history of the temple building process for the Los Angeles Temple. It made me more interested in learning about this process for the other temples that now dot the earth. I also didn't know that it was one of the largest temples built at the time, which made it's construction unique. As the author said, this book is "icing on the cake" for anyone with connections or history with the Los Angeles temple. My favorite chapter was the last, entitled, "The temple as a source of blessing" that tells many different miracles and experiences people had in that temple. I felt the spirit strongly as I read each story. It has strengthened my testimony of temples, seeking our ancestors, and the Lord's hand in guiding our lives. Anyone who reads this book will strengthen their own testimony and be drawn to have the blessings of the temple more in their life.

AMAZING BOOK!!!!
By , Submitted on 2018-07-16

The book, “The Los Angeles Temple: A Beacon on a Hill” written by Dr. Richard O. Cowan is one book that everyone will want to read. The author comes very well prepared. He grew up in Los Angeles, received a PH.D. and taught Church history at BYU for years. He had previously written books on the history of Temple work, a history of the two Temples in Provo Utah and a book about the Oakland, California Temple, in addition to the many articles and lectures about Temples. Cowan is more than qualified to be writing a book of this magnitude. In its over 300 pages you go through the history of Temple work, the history of the Church in California with the beginnings of the Temple right up until the present day, just so to place the Los Angeles Temple in historical context. There is no stone unturned as to present to the public the best book that could be written about the Los Angeles Temple. The pictures and resources utilized are simply amazing and the layout of the book is breathtaking. Cowan really dug into the sources to tell the story. It’s very readable and includes a glossary of terms to those not familiar with words that LDS members utilize. My favourite part was the chapter on “The Temple as a source of blessing”, in that it talks about the individuals who were touched by the Temple and share their stories. I very highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about Temples!!!!!

A new appreciation for the temple building process...
By , Submitted on 2018-07-08

A Beacon on a Hill is the first book I've read about the temple building process. It's fascinating, mainly because, unlike with other buildings, there is a great amount of prayer involved. I loved learning about finding the building site, the fund raising, and the involvement of local stakes. They were so excited to finally have a local temple! This was a very interesting book that belongs in any LDS home library.

A new appreciation for the temple building process...
By , Submitted on 2018-07-06

This is both an informative and visually beautiful book on the Los Angeles Temple. It is the first book I've read on the building of a temple and I found it fascinating. From finding a site, to fund-raising efforts during war time, to the tireless attempts to make the building unique and an appropriate House of the Lord, to the spiritual effect it had on those involved with its design and construction--all of these things were meticulously documented and included here. Whether or not you have visited the Los Angeles Temple specifically, you will have new appreciation for the work that goes into building any temple. Unlike regular city buildings, so much is done through prayer and revelation. A Beacon on a Hill would make an excellent addition to any home library.

If you love the temple, you will love this book!
By , Submitted on 2018-07-03

Richard Cowan’s "The Los Angeles Temple: A Beacon on a Hill" is a wonderful read for anyone who holds temples close to their hearts. Cowan presents readers with stunning photographs and a detailed, rich history that instructs the mind and warms the spirit. As I read, I learned not only about the Los Angeles temple, but also about the vast undertaking that is constructing a temple in general. I had no idea the immense work that goes on behind the scenes, and I am grateful for the opportunity this book gave me to grow my own testimony of the importance and sacredness of temples. My heart was touched by the numerous stories and testimonies Cowan collected from people who had wonderful experiences with this special temple—especially the story of a young man who fell in love with an LDS girl who introduced him to the temple on their first date, later leading him to a lifelong love of the gospel and of the temple. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to everyone who has any connection to the Los Angeles Temple, or anyone with any interest in temples at all, because Cowan does so well in capturing the special spirit of this extraordinary building.

A new appreciation for the temple building process...
By , Submitted on 2018-07-03

This is both an informative and visually beautiful book on the Los Angeles Temple. It is the first book I've read on the building of a temple and I found it fascinating. From finding a site, to fund-raising efforts during war time, to the tireless attempts to make the building unique and an appropriate House of the Lord, to the spiritual effect it had on those involved with its design and construction--all of these things were meticulously documented and included here. Whether or not you have visited the Los Angeles Temple specifically, you will have new appreciation for the work that goes into building any temple. Unlike regular city buildings, so much is done through prayer and revelation. A Beacon on a Hill would make an excellent addition to any home library.

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