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Mormon - Expo Osaka 1970

Mormon at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970
© Expo'70
Architect(s) : Masao Shiina

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church, believed that the Expo'70 theme of "Progress and Harmony for Mankind" could not be achieved without spirituality. It was in this spirit that the Mormon pavilion presented the theme "Man's Search for Happiness".

As visitors approached the pavilion, they saw a four-metre high statue of the Angel Moroni at the top of a pole. This statue was a replica of the 117-year-old temple statue in Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Church. Mormons believe that Moroni was sent by their Lord in 1823 to reveal to Joseph Smith the existence of a book written on gold plates. This Book of Mormon, engraved with ancient writings resembling a form of Egyptian hieroglyphics, had been translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Mormons certified that it was only by the inspiration of the Lord that a young man of 23 could make such a translation.

This Book of Mormon could be purchased for 80 yen in the pavilion.

The visitor entering the Mormon pavilion was greeted by a 4-metre high statue of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, carved in Italian marble by famous Italian sculptors from Milan.

Upstairs, the guides explained the murals and transparent colours showing the writings of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to "every tribe, tongue and person" today.

The highlight of the exhibition, a 12-minute film on "Man's Search for Happiness" answered: Where do we come from? Why are we on earth? Is there life after death? Visitors were invited to reflect on the answers proposed by the Mormon Church.