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日本の末日聖徒  

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 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 1915

 Elder J. Vernon Adams, writing recently from Tokyo, Japan,  calls attention to a short missionary letter which appeared in the ERA some time ago to which the criticism last named applies. He says that the letter itself "carries a good thought, but loses its forcefulness when one realizes that the greater part of it including different striking sentences are copied from six to eight different pages of Marden's Pushing to the Front, 1911, enlarged edition." He then calls attention to an article in the Seventies' Year Book, 1907, pages 166-167, in which the pernicious habit of plagiarism is condemned, and the Seventies warned against it. It is there stated by the author, B. H. Roberts:

Improvement Era 1915

Amasa W. Clark, Tokyo, Japan,  March 10, 1915: "JAPAN is a country from whose missionaries the people in Zion hear very little.

Improvement Era 1915

 "The Japan mission is one in which any elder can work just as much as he desires, and he will find that the people among whom he labors, as a rule, are willing to listen to what he has to tell them. Few tracts are refused. It takes some time before a missionary learns enough Japanese to tell the people what he desires to tell. The new missionaries are encouraged to begin tracting as soon as possible, learning, at first, sentences with which to tell the people who he is, and what he has for them.

Improvement Era 1915

 "There is one thing which greatly hinders the work in Japan,  and that is the scarcity of missionaries. We have only eleven missionaries to preach the gospel to more than fifty-six millions of people. There are three of us laboring here in Tokyo; the fourth largest city in the world.