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This week in Church history

25 years ago

On March 27, 1963, Elder Harold B. Lee of the Council of the Twelve mounted the cab of a pile driver and sank one of the piles for the foundation of the Church Pavilion, being constructed for 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.

"With more than 2 million members around the world it is fitting that the Church be represented at the World's Fair, which will dramatize the interrelation of peoples of the world," Elder Lee said.

The theme of the Church's exhibit was "Man's Search for Happiness." It included replicas of the east spires of the Salt Lake Temple, towering 127 feet high with a gilded statue of the Angel Moroni on the main tower.

Quotes from the past

"Someone has said it takes more courage to say `No' than it does to face a bear with a pistol. That is sometimes true, because no one likes to be made the subject of ridicule. No one likes to be conspicuous because he stands out by himself, apart from his associates.

"But it so happens that our young people have been given their allegiance to a great cause that bids them to stand out by themselves. They, with all of us, are called out of the world. . . . So our young people have today a mission that transcends any other mission that has ever been given to youth. It is a mission to stand for these high things that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ give us. To succeed in it, they require courage. They require the constant support, too, and the sympathetic and loving and affectionate encouragement of their elders." - Elder Stephen L. Richards of the Council of the Twelve, M.I.A. and Primary Association Conference, Salt Lake Tabernacle, June 12, 1938.