Man's Search for Happiness
From The Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Author: Johnson, Peter N.
"Man's Search for Happiness" (1964) is a motion picture noted for its skillful blending of aesthetic and spiritual qualities. The film was produced by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio. It is less than fifteen minutes long, yet explores every man's search for meaning in life: the whence, the why, and the whither.
Narrated by Elder Richard L. Evans, longtime announcer of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts, the film stresses the gifts of life, freedom, and time, and the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is climaxed by a poignant family reunion scene in the life to come.
Over 5 million people saw the film at the Mormon Pavilion in the 1964 New York's World Fair, and over 6.5 million at the Japan World Exposition in 1970. It has since been shown daily at the Temple Square Visitors Center in Salt Lake City and has had special screenings elsewhere. In 1986 the Church commissioned an updated version of the film for worldwide use. The remake retains the original narration by Elder Richard L. Evans.
Top, Brent L. "Legacy of the Mormon Pavilion." Ensign 19 (Oct. 1989):22-28.
PETER N. JOHNSON