Los Angeles, California Temple

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Los Angeles, California, USA Temple

History

The Saints in California craved a temple, their hopes were raised in 1847 when they received a letter from President Brigham Young and Elder Willard Richards saying, “…the shores of the Pacific may yet be overlooked from the temple of the Lord.”* Ninety years later, in 1937, President Heber J. Grant announced land had been purchased for a temple. Due to World War II, groundbreaking did not occur until September 22, 1951. On March 11, 1956, the Los Angeles temple, the largest temple at that time, was dedicated. It is built on the highest point between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean where it can be seen from ships twenty-five miles out to sea. This is one of only a handful of temples that is topped with an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates in his left hand and an eight-foot trumpet to his lips with his right hand. In recognition of the blessings of the temple which enable “prison doors” to “be opened and deliverance proclaimed to those who will accept the truth and be set free”, the dedicatory prayer states, “For this purpose Thou hast revealed that the gospel is to be preached to those who have passed beyond the veil, as well as to the millions now living whose faith in Thee and in Thy gospel is faltering and unstable, who are now being influenced by false ideologies, which are disturbing the peace of mind and distorting the thinking of honest men and women. May the temples, … declare even in silence that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the light, and that ‘…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)”. This temple never hesitates to stand tall as a testament of Jesus Christ.

How Temple Coins are Made

Dave started creating jewelry using metals in 1992, ten years later he had worked with nearly every metal in the jewelry industry! Moving to Thailand, he spent the next nine years perfecting his skills with various metals, 3D models and 3D printers. He dreamed of producing something that would bring delight to purchasers and carry with it positive feelings that would touch the souls of those who owned them. In 2014 he was able to realize his dream. Returning to the US, he uses Lost-wax casting to create a metal master from brass alloy for each temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, depicting, in the highest degree of definition possible, a coin with a 3D image of a temple. The reverse of each coin is cast with the words “Stand ye in holy places.”

Purchase one or two of the temples that hold special meaning to you. Commemorate your visit to a temple by picking up the corresponding coin. Celebrate a milestone in a loved one’s life by gifting them a temple coin to inspire them. Collect them all or just a few. Some are cast in precious metals, making each coin an investment that will be a treasure in every sense of the word.

Additional Information

  • Free Shipping on orders over $35.
  • All coins are 1 1/4 in.
  • Pewter Coins are cast from lead free alloys.
  • Brass Coins cast from a silicone, brass alloy.  Giving our brass coins a rich yellow gold color for a fraction of the cost of gold coins.
  • Silver Coins are cast from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
  • Gold Coins cast in 14K Gold are 58.5% pure gold.  The remaining alloy consists of a copper and silver mix.
  • All of our coins are developed, cast, and finished locally in our facility in Logan, UT, U.S.A.

*Source note: “Latter-day Temples”, page 30.