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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 1916

Mrs. Mary Whitney Ensign, wife of Horace S. Ensign Jr., secretary of the State Fair Association, died April 27, 1916, at her home in Salt Lake City. She was the daughter of Horace K. and Mary Cravath Whitney, and was born in Salt Lake City August 17, 1872. She married Horace S. Ensign, June 21, 1894. She accompanied her husband on two missions, one to Colorado, in 1897, and the other to Japan, in 1902. She was an active Church worker all her life, and at the time of her death held the position of president of the Primary association of the eighteenth ward. She was a great lover of music, and a member of the tabernacle and eighteenth ward choirs. Of a sunny and lovable disposition, she had a wide circle of friends who learned to love her because of her sympathy, tact and cheerfulness. 

Improvement Era 1916

Japan, awakened by the voice of America in the middle of last century, thundered at her through the saluting guns of the American navy, commanded by Commodore Perry, awoke from her slumber of ages. She arose from the isolation of centuries; and a few decades later changed her form of absolute government to a constitutional monarchy, with a parliament in which is expressed the will of her people, and has steadily forged to the front as one of the modern world powers.

In Far Away Japan

Improvement Era 1916

Joseph H. Stimpson, President Japanese Mission, Tokyo, Japan, May 23: "Our recent conference began May 4 and lasted to May 11. Thirteen meetings were held, two to consider the reports of the missionaries, four were devoted to the consideration of the "Articles of Faith" by Elder James E. Talmage, recently printed in Japanese, and others to general instructions. Besides the fast meeting held on the 7th, Sunday, two sessions were held as a general conference for Saints and investigators. This is the first time such a conference has been held here, and it was not as largely attended as it was hoped it would be. A spirited testimony meeting was one of the most enjoyable of the conference. All bore strong testimonies and were built up in their faith by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in their meetings. At the priesthood meeting the duties and responsibilities of the authorities were considered and one of the local brethren was advanced in the priesthood. All returned to their labors determined to magnify to the best of their ability the calling resting upon them as ministers of life and salvation to the people of this land. We expect much good to come from this conference. We welcome the ERA for the good that it does, and the clean, uplifting material printed in your magazine is a power for good wherever it goes. The missionaries of Japan all join in wishing you success in your work of doing good. Elders laboring here are: George A. Turner, Joseph Raj Stoddard, C. Ralph Amott, president of the Osaka conference, Arthur F. Crowther, president of the Sappora conference, Ether Spackman, retiring president Osaka conference, Harold Kingsford, Val. W. Palmer; Varsell L. Cowley, Lafayette C. Lee, Pearl M. Lee, Joseph H. Stimpson, mission president, Mary E. Stimpson, Edwin J. Allen, Jr., president Kofu conference, J. Vernon Adams."