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日本の末日聖徒  

イエス・キリスト教会歴史

 Improvement Era

 About  Japan  

 

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The LDS Church magazine, The Improvement Era, originally established for the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association from which organization it took its name, later became the official magazine of the Church until the Ensign replaced it in 1970. The Era, as it was called, included international news as well as local Utah and LDS Church news. Many of the issues, especially during the period of 1901 until 1920, included articles about Japan. The most lengthy were reports about, and then later, from the Japan Mission. which was opened in 1901. Additionally Japan was becoming a more powerful nation and made the International News section from time to time. For the next several months, we will provide some of this interesting information from about 110 years ago.

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Improvement Era 1914

Confucius uttered the watchword of Far Eastern chivalry 500 B. C., "Honor the prince, and break the heathen" (enemy), and this loyal precept, applied in its true meaning, has made the Japan of today.

Improvement Era 1914

So Confucius, the Light of the East, has passed into the lives of the millions who have dwelt and who now dwell in China and Japan,  shedding his splendid rays along their winding paths. He was the champion of the imperfect, the apostle of the human. And while the bigness of earth's problems and man's relations exhausted his pen and tongue to the exclusion of Godward thoughts, yet, even in the spirit of Christ's teachings, we are led to believe that he who is earnest and true in the performance of manward duties is not far from God.

Improvement Era 1914

The Dowager Empress Haruko, of Japan,  died April 9, at the imperial villa, Namazu, Tokyo. She was the widow of Emperor Mutsuito, who died April 30, 1912. She was born on May 28, 1850, and in 1869 married the late emperor and was declared empress. She watched with curious interest, during her later life, the opening of the country to foreign commerce, its departure from old world customs and its adoption of western civilization. She experienced the turmoil of the Japanese-Russian war, and witnessed the evolution of Japan into a world power.

Improvement Era 1914

Elder Lloyd O. Ivie, Kofu, Japan,  March 13: "The Japanese Mission is divided into four conferences of which Kofu is one. Until last January four elders labored here. We are now only two. The Yamanashi Valley, in which Kofu is situated, often reminds us of our home among the mountains. Last January a Mutual was organized with a membership of twenty-five. Native Saints and investigators are in charge. Since it was organized, about ten new members have joined. Half the time is spent in studying Church history. The remainder is devoted to various current topics. We have two Sunday schools, two preaching meetings and four study classes and we do considerable tracting and visiting. Our force is too small to do justice to the work before us. The enclosed picture was taken at Tashin Grove where the elders had gone on an outing to Mitake, a beautiful canyon stream, about eight miles north of Kofu. Incidentally, they filled their pockets with tracts and distributed them among the villagers along the way. Those in the picture are left to right: Lloyd, O. Ivie, Brother Suketomo Nonogaki, Ether Spackman and Amasy W. Clark."