This week in Church history

50 years ago

The cornerstone of the London England Temple was placed by Elder Richard L. Evans of the Quorum of the Twelve during ceremonies May 11, 1957, according to the May 18, 1957, Church News.

More than 1,000 people attended the event dampened by intermittent rain showers, according to the article. Elder Evans presided over the ceremonies and offered the dedicatory address and prayer.

The article stated: "(Elder Evans) pointed out the difference between chapels and temples and noted that this is the 14th temple to be built by the Church in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times — the first to be built in Great Britain, the second in Europe, and the third in the British Empire, there being one also in Canada and another now under construction in New Zealand."

He also said there were 95 branches of the Church in Great Britain at the time, along with 60 Church-owned meetinghouses.

The article continued: "The temple, designed by Elder Edward O. Anderson, temple architect, is now about 20 percent completed."

It was dedicated by President David O. McKay in six sessions Sept. 7-9, 1958.