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THIS WEEK IN CHURCH HISTORY

25 years ago

Between 5 and 6 million people were expected to visit the Mormon Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, as larger-than-expected crowds thronged the exhibition soon after it opened, reported the April 18, 1970, issue of the Church News.

Under the direction of Elder Bernard P. Brockbank, an Assistant to the Twelve, the exhibition was patterned after those done at previous world's fairs in New York City, Montreal and San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to displays of various aspects of the gospel and the Church, a central feature of the exhibition was the film "Man's Search For Happiness," which had been remade for the occasion in Japanese with Japanese characters.

Church leaders noted that the site of the pavilion - adjacent to the popular Japanese Pavilion and Japanese Garden, Russian Pavilion, a large lake frequented by picnickers and a monorail loading platform - was a significant factor in attracting the large crowds. Interestingly, the site had been only the fourth choice when the fair was in its planning stages.

"But there was a delay, and one by one our sites were taken by others," said a Church official who had helped procure the site. "Now we realize that this is the site the Lord wanted us to have. We couldn't ask for a better one."

Quote from the past

"Our young people should also be ladies and gentlemen, and we should educate them in all the sciences of the day that they may not be behind in any good thing." - Elmina Shepherd Taylor, in her first address as the first general president (1880-1904) of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association