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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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Japan Conference

Improvement Era 1915

 Amasa W. Clark, Tokyo, Japan: "The April conference of the Japanese mission met April 7. Twelve elders and one lady missionary were present. The first session was devoted to testimony in which all the elders expressed their thankfulness for the goodness of the Lord to them, their testimonies of the truthfulness of the gospel and their desire to live nearer to its principles that they might merit the Spirit of the Lord so as to make the Japanese mission one of the best in the world.

The elders who are able to read Japanese spoke for the benefit of the younger elders, on the literature now being distributed, so that all might familiarize themselves with the tracts, pamphlets and books to be distributed in the mission. Others of the elders spoke upon gospel topics. Special meeting was held in which all questions were discussed and answered.

There were other meetings in which the elders had opportunities of expressing themselves upon the literature in the mission, the needs of the mission, and to make any suggestions that would in their opinion help to make the work more successful. The elders were very free in their expressions as to the needs of the mission.

Each conference was reported by the presiding elder, and affairs look prosperous for the coming year. Missionaries that were present are: C Ralph Amott, Salt Lake City, Utah; Harold Kingsford, Franklin, Idaho; Arthur Cutler, Salt Lake City; Mission Secretary Amasa W. Clark, Rexburg, Idaho; Arthur F. Crowther, Provo; Ether Spackman, Lewiston; Lloyd O. Ivie, Salina, Utah; George A. Turner, Lago, Idaho; J. Vernon Adams, Logan; Mission President H. Grant Ivins, Salt Lake City; Mary E. Stimpson, Joseph H. Stimpson, Riverdale; Edward J. Allen, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah.

Change of Presidency in Japan

Improvement Era 1915

 Elder Joseph H. Stimpson, of Ogden, who succeeded President Ivins as president of the mission is a man whose whole life has been spent in the work of the Lord. Previous to Elder Stimpson being called to the Presidency he had already filled a five and a half years mission in Japan,  during which time he had gained an excellent knowledge of the language. President Stimpson will be a great boost to the Japan mission. He shoulders his new duty with a perfect knowledge of the needs and requirements that he must face. He has gained the love and esteem of all the elders and Saints, and enters upon his duties with their faith and prayers. J. Vernon Adams, Tokyo, Japan.

Improvement Era 1915

During the past six months there have been changes made in the presidency of the Tahitian Mission, Ernest C. Rossiter succeeding Franklin J. Fullmer; and in the Japan Mission, Joseph H. Stimpson succeeding Heber Grant Ivins.