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LDS in Los Angeles, California

LDS in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is the most extense and most populatrd city that belongs to the state of California. It is also the second most populated in number of inhabitants of the entire country. According to the last census in 2010, L. A. has up to 3.792,621 inhabitants.

The city was founded in 1781 by the Spanish governor Felipe de Neve naming the city “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de lo Angeles de Porciúncula” which would mean the Town of our Mother the Queen of the angels. In 1821,this territory became part of Mexico after their independence from Spain. In 1848, after the US intervention, the city was incorporated to the US as part of the California state.

This city is not only known to be a highly cultural and artistic centre for the whole world, but also the home to thousands of member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Saints with one of the top 10 cities in the whole world with the highest population of members. It is also the home to the 10th official temple in the US.

The first missionaries to assigned to the city arrived in March 1895, Ekder John R. Smith and Moroni H. Thomas. That same year on October, the first branch with 70 members was organized and officially recognized by the Church. By 1913, the first chapel was built on Adams Boulevard for the branches organized in Long Beach and Santa Monica.

The Los Angeles Temple was announced when the church purchased 24.23 acres (98,000 m²) from the Harold Lloyd Motion Picture Company on March 23, 1937, by president Heber J. Grant. Construction was to begin soon thereafter, but financial difficulties relating to the Great Depression and World War II delayed the groundbreaking until 1951.

The temple plans were revised at this time to include a priesthood assembly room, an unusual feature in temples built after the Salt Lake Temple. It was also expanded to accommodate an unprecedented 300 patrons per session.

This was the first temple with an angel Moroni statue since the Salt Lake Temple. When the statue was installed, it faced southeast as the temple does. It was later turned to face due east at the request of then  President David O. McKay.

This was the last temple designed to use live actors instead of a film to present the endowment. The motion-picture presentation soon replaced the live actor presentation, and the progressive presentation (in which patrons moved from one room to another) was replaced with stationary ordinance rooms (i.e., patrons remained in a single room for the entire ceremony).