Los Angeles Temple to Reopen
By Abbey Olsen, Church Magazines
The Los Angeles California Temple will reopen July 11, resuming its regular operating schedule. The temple closed in November 2005 for renovations and a seismic overhaul.
“It is our desire that stakes and wards continue to find ways to encourage all worthy temple recommend holders to participate in the blessings of the temple as often as their schedules allow,” stated Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy in a letter to Church leaders dated June 22, 2006.
In addition to a retrofitting to make it more earthquake-safe, the Los Angeles Temple had its electrical system redone. A crossbeam in the 115-foot (35-m) tower, bent by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1994, was repaired.
During renovations, members of the Los Angeles Temple district attended other temples in California, including the Newport Beach, San Diego, Redlands, and Fresno Temples. After having to drive through “horrendous” traffic to attend the other temples during the months of renovation, members are excited and anxiously awaiting the reopening of the temple, said Keith Atkinson, Church public affairs representative in California.
The Los Angeles Temple was dedicated on March 11, 1956, by President David O. McKay, making it the 11th temple of the Church, and the first of what would be seven temples operating or under construction 50 years later in California. California is home to more than 756,000 members in more than 1,300 congregations.
President Hinckley has counseled members to attend the temple: “You will be blessed for so doing. Every man or woman who goes into the house of the Lord leaves there a better man or woman than he or she was when he or she entered the house of the Lord. The house of the Lord will have a refining effect upon you. It will cultivate unselfishness within your lives. It will build righteousness. It will impress upon you the importance of doing what you ought to do. Go to the house of the Lord” (“Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign, Mar. 2006, 6).