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 Improvement Era

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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 1917

Osaka, Japan.

There is, however, a substantial reason for the restriction of submarine attacks. The reason is that which applied to the old form of buccaneering in earlier days; that it was not a means of bringing about any decisive results, but simply a means of the useless destruction of human life and property. So obnoxious did that form of naval conduct become that the nations finally agreed to do away with it, and it is not unlikely that at some future time, when the nations are at peace, they will agree to abolish the submarine as an instrument of war for the same reason that buccaneering was abolished. The submarine is not wholly effective as an instrument of blockade; it is not wholly effective in the destruction of a nation's navy. It is, however, a means of great destruction to life and property without decisive results. Germany believed that an unrestricted submarine war could be the means of an effective blockade. But to date the argument and the facts are all against her. Her change of policy, however, led to a rupture with the United States, and it will be a miracle of good luck if it does not lead to war. The situation was aggravated furthermore by the fact that soon after the severance of diplomatic relations it was discovered that Germany was proposing an alliance with Mexico which in turn was to bring Japan on the side of the central powers against the United States. This right of alliance certainly could not be denied the Germans. It is a right that all the powers have exercised. The German proposition, however, though rightful in its general aspects, carried with it a sting in the nature of a proposition to give Mexico, in the event of victory, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Perhaps the most unfortunate denouement of the intrigue with Mexico was the discovery that German agents had been active for a long time in Mexico in creating hostility to the United States and in using Mexican territory as a base of operations unfavorable to this country.

Improvement Era 1917

The revelation of Germany's proposition to Mexico led to considerable excitement throughout the country, and to anti-German feeling more pronounced than ever. The most astounding fact connected with this whole undertaking was the proposition that Germany under certain eventualities should give Mexico certain states of the Union. Germany was helpless to give any substantial aid. Japan's advantages were as far as possible away from the German proposition. Mexico could not conquer Texas single-handed, to say nothing of the whole United States. That Japan would abandon her rights and opportunities in Asia for any advantages that would come to her from American colonies in the Pacific, or from even western states of the Union, was entirely unlikely.

Improvement Era 1917

"The call to labor in the mission field," writes Lloyd O. Ivie, Kofu, Japan, "is to men full of the Holy Ghost, without this no one can effectively act, without it no good can be done,-no, none at all. Men have gone without friends, without raiment, without money,-but if without the Holy Ghost, they have gone to their sorrow, and to the Church's injury. While crying to the sinner, 'make good, make good,' there is to be remembered a higher call to those who have kept the faith; remember the joy, the light that comes from never 'making bad.' It is just as necessary to keep the good from 'making bad,' as it is to have the bad make good. The power of the Holy Spirit, which leads to all things good, is to be sought by all,-and Zion must lead. Else there is no Zion. They of all others must be filled with this Spirit. No man can go out from Zion to get it,-goodness! he isn't going to get anything,-he is going to give, to bestow, to sacrifice his all-for the sake of the people among whom he is sent. Get the Spirit of God-this and this only will stand you up facing an ideal mission."