Contents of the Cornerstone Box

Richard O. Cowan, "Contents of the Cornerstone Box" in A Beacon on A Hill: The Los Angeles Temple (Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2018), 314–315.

President Stephen L Richards listed the articles deposited in the copper cornerstone box:[1]

One copy, Deseret News, December 5, 1953, issue

One copy, Deseret News, Church Section, September 26, 1951, showing the First Presidency at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Los Angeles Temple

One copy, Salt Lake Tribune, December 10, 1953

Photographs of each of the General Authorities

Photostatic copy of the first issue of the Deseret News 1850

Photographs of stake presidents in the Southern California Temple Region

One directory, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1953 issue

One report of the Annual General Conference, April 1953

One Bible, missionary edition

One triple combination—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price

One book of Mutual Improvement Association Recreational Hymns

One Primary and Junior Sunday School song book, entitled The Children Sing

One pamphlet, “Church Welfare Plan,” by Albert E. Bowen, 1946

One Improvement Era, April 1953, temple edition

One Improvement Era, December 1953 issue

One copy of The Instructor, December 1953 issue

Coins in denominations of one dollar, fifty cents, twenty-five cents, ten cents, five cents, and one cent.

One copy of the Los Angeles Times

One copy of the Los Angeles Examiner

One copy of the Los Angeles Herald-Express

One copy of the Los Angeles Daily News

One copy of the Los Angeles Daily Mirror

One copy of the California Intermountain News

One copy of the Santa Monica Outlook

One copy of the Westwood Independent

Photographs of workmen on the temple

Photographs showing progress of construction on temple

Photographs of Los Angeles city and county officials

Copy of construction plans

Statement of temple contributions to date

One set Century of Mormon Activities in California, a two-volume book by Elder Leo J. Muir

“Gospel Ideals” by President David O. McKay

Photographs of the President of the United States of America


[1] “President Richards Dedicates Stone; Reveals Contents,” Church News, December 19, 1953, 7.