Stake presidents from the surrounding temple district shared a packed multi-purpose theater with leaders of local government, foreign service representatives and a tapestry of religious leadership from faiths such as Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Catholicism and Baptist congregations. An abundance of visiting non-LDS guests were also invited, hosted by full-time missionaries from the California Los Angeles Mission.
Already fulfilling part of the promises that were to be heard in Elder Nelson's dedicatory prayer, the new facility garnered praise and nods of admiration from virtually every visitor in attendance. Peaceful prelude music welcomed guests. Quiet reverence and anxious smiles of the gathering assembly reflected the peaceful tone permeating the new center.