Sun Myung Moon

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The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was born in 1920 in what is now North Korea. He established the Unification Church on May 1, 1954, in Seoul, South Korea.

The Chinese character "Moon" means "word" or "truth" in Korean. The character "myung" means bright or shining, and is composed of the Chinese characters for sun and moon, so word play on Rev. Moon's name provides a source of innocent merriment.

As a youngster, Moon was known for his cheerful attitude, as well as his intolerance of injustice, characteristics he maintains into his eighties.

When he was 15 years old (16 by Korean reckoning), he had a vision or revelation of Jesus Christ while praying on top of a tall hill. In this vision, he says Jesus passed on to him the mission to be the Messiah.

To be continued . . .

Needs more personal history. What did he do before starting the church? Education, work, Korean War, escape from work camp.

Needs religious background. Parents' religion, pre-church ministry, decision to create a church.

Then the ticklish task of describing his leadership of the Unification Church, with the subtask of dividing this into the church and Moon articles.

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