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The Infamous Rape Website

Dear fellow returned missionaries from Japan,

When I do a Google Search for Morumon Kyou, what I get is printed below in Japanese. (I have added the numbers in parenthesis.) Here is a rough translation of the list in order.  

1. The Japanese Wikipedia entry for Morumon Kyou

2. The Wikipedia entry for Matsu Jitsu Seito Iesu Kirisuto Kyokai

3. Another site which on the surface appears it might be objective, but lists all of links to the anti-Mormon sites at the bottom and no links to official Church sites.

4. The Rape Website

5.  Mormonism Unmasked site

6.  Matsu Jitsu Seito no Michi using characters for Michi which mean uninformed

7. Is believing Mormonism sufficient? Anti-Mormon site

8. The Church’s official Japan Country website on which Sister Fillmore and I worked on our last mission.

9. Anti-Mormon site by Hiroo Yamagata comparing the Church to the infamous cult, Oumu Shinri Kyou, which put the Saran gas into the subway some years ago.

10. This is a blog which I think is from a member of the Church in Japan. It has links to official Church sites, but also lists Michael Quinn’s works, Fawn Brodie’s biography of Joseph Smith as well as Jon Krakauer’s infamous Under the Banner of Heaven apparently in a attempt to appear objective.

(Meridian Japanese is not on the top ten list yet. There is more I have to do to get it there at a high level.)  

Please imagine yourself as a parent in Japan who has a high school student being taught by LDS missionaries. Curious, you do an Internet search using what you know best, “Morumon Kyou” as the keyword. This is what you would see. Checking out the Rape website, what would you think? What fears would arise in your heart? Would you feel comfortable about having your children continue with the missionaries?

So far there have been over 337,000 hits on this site if the counter on the site is accurate. How much damage has been done, we cannot accurately know, but however little, it has been too much for me.

The Rape Website reports on an incident that happened about ten years ago. Apparently, a missionary about to return home had sexual relations with a new member sister who was estranged and separated from her husband.  According to Kent Gilbert who carefully read this website, no rape was proved. Nevertheless, the red headline on the website is Re-pu in katakana.

According to information I have, ex-Bishop and ex-member, Hideki Mori is responsible for this website. I have been fasting and praying for him. I invite you to join me. My heartaches for him who is so bitter as to try openly to hinder the work of the Lord in Japan in this manner. I put his name on the prayer roll in the Temple, pleading with the Lord that his heart will be softened and he will choose to remove this awful website.

I think it completely inaccurate to imply that this incident is typical of LDS missionaries. It is an insult to all returned missionaries from Japan. Here is something which I wrote after I first saw this website while we serving in Japan as missionaries .

Answer to the Rape Website:

About 23,000 young men and young women have served as full-time missionaries in Japan since missionary work began after the war in 1948. The ratio has averaged about 80% young men and 20% young women. Most of these young missionaries have come from North America, but over four thousand of them are Japanese. Almost all of those who have returned to North America still retain their love for the land of Japan and the beloved people they served. They continue to speak nostalgically about Japan to their families and friends. They are among the best friends Japan has in the United States. 

The Church has always carefully screened those who are called on missions. Recently this screening has increased in its strictness to select only those who are spiritually, physically, and mentally strong. This increased strictness in missionary selection is called, “raising the bar,” referring the height of the bar on a high jump. Missionaries are now required to meet an even higher standard of worthiness. Occasionally a missionary will violate the promises he or she has made and act beneath the level of his or her noble calling. When this happens, especially because it happens so infrequently, it is a time of great sadness for all concerned.    

As a Church, we deeply apologize for the misbehavior of any of our missionaries. Missionaries are required to go two-by-two for their own protection from false accusations as well as to help each other remember their individual commitments to obey mission rules. These rules strictly forbid any illegal or immoral behavior.  Missionaries are carefully supervised by three levels of fellow missionaries and by a full-time mission president and his wife who serve for a three-year term. Missionaries are interviewed regularly by the mission president. They write weekly reports to their mission president and meet with missionary leaders at least weekly. For the most part, these faithful, devoted young missionaries are examples of personal behavior that would make any parent proud. Occasionally one will misbehave. When that happens, depending on the severity of the misbehavior, a missionary may be returned to his home or even lose his membership in the Church. 

We are very proud of our missionaries who gladly interrupt their schooling and jobs to serve two years at their own expense in the service of God and for the benefit of the people in the areas to which they are assigned. We also appreciate the kindness which most of the people show to our missionaries. They tolerate their weaknesses in the local languages and misunderstanding of local customs. Though they don’t always understand the fervor with which these missionaries approach their work, most people, when they refuse to hear the message, do so politely. Occasionally, missionaries are mistreated. Some are beaten; more are taunted and ridiculed. A few of them lose their lives in accidents each year as they serve. Once in a while a few have even suffered violent deaths.   

Nevertheless, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is committed to continue its missionary program as part of its divinely appointed mission to the world. We thank all of you who try to understand.  

モルモン教 List from Google:

(1) モルモン教 - Wikipedia

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モルモン教は、末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会の俗称。また、ジョセフ・スミスの妻、エマ・スミスが設立した復元末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会(現・コミュニティ・ ...
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(2) 末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会 - Wikipedia

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は、一般にはモルモン教会、あるいはモルモン教として知られている。 .... モルモン教の宗教勧誘は非常に熱心で、モルモン宣教師はもちろん、教会員個人にも義務である ...
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(3) 末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会(モルモン教 - Aug 1

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俗称モルモン教としてよく知られていますが、正式名称は末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会といいます。キリストの文字が入ってますが、カトリックでもプロテスタントでも ...
park8.wakwak.com/~kasa/Religion/morumonkyo.html - 17k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

(4) モルモン教関連性暴力告発ページ - Aug 1

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被害者達の手記、教団責任者の言い分、告発団体による直接交渉などの活動報告。
www.interq.or.jp/tokyo/jamnet/ - 1k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

(5) 素顔のモルモン教

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最近になって、ここに紹介する「素顔のモルモン教」の存在を知りました。まず驚いたのは、この本には、まさに私が「聖徒の未知ホームページ」でこれからとりあげたいと ...
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(6) 聖徒の未知ホームページ

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モルモン教の歴史や構造を色々な観点から捉え、問題点を指摘。
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(7) モルモン教は信じるに足るか - Aug 1

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モルモン教は信じるに足る宗教か考えるサイトです。 ... 「ぜみなーるモルモン」はモルモン教の真実を語り合う会議室です。だれでも参加できます。 ...
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(8) 末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会(

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モルモン教公式サイト。ニュース及びメディア用資料。
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(9) What's Mormon?

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またいわゆる「外人」テレビタレントにもモルモン教伝道師の出身者が数名いる ... モルモン教は、本インタビューにもある通り、自らをキリスト教の一派と考えている。 ...
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(10) モルモン教会の考察 - Study of Mormonism

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モルモン教会の歴史や教義について様々な観点から検討する.
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