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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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The Work in Japan

Improvement Era 1917

C. Ralph Amott, writing from Osaka, Japan, March 31, says: "The preaching of the gospel is progressing favorably in Japan. Each month the glad tidings are being carried to a greater number of people. The Era, besides being a great comfort to us missionaries, affords a basis for many good talks with the people, because of the splendid articles it contains. Those of our Saints and friends, who understand English sufficiently to read, enjoy the articles greatly, and thus its field of doing good is ever widening; may its influence for good ever grow greater."

Improvement Era 1917

The rice crops of India and Japan are exceptionally large this year. Rice is one of the few articles of food that has not been soaring in price lately.

Improvement Era 1917

The missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints laboring in Japan met about two months ago and held a very interesting and profitable conference. There were ten sessions held, besides the regular Sunday meetings and priesthood meetings. At four of these sessions Elder Talmage's valuable work, Jesus the Christ, was considered. Each missionary gave a 30-minute talk covering about 55 pages of the work. It was necessarily a brief consideration of the work, but served as an introduction to a more thorough study to be taken up individually. The remaining sessions were devoted to the discussion of the conditions and necessities of the mission.

Improvement Era 1917

A slight departure from the usual was taken during the conference when the missionaries went for a one-day's trip to Kamakura and Enoshima, two scenic spots just about thirty-two miles from Tokyo. At the former is the Daibutsu or Great Buddha, the second largest in Japan. It represents Amida and stands on an elevated site sheltered by hills and overshadowed by lofty pines and cryptomerias. The height of the bronze image is about 50 feet. The length of the face is 81/2 feet and from knee to knee it measures 36 feet. The features of the great image are very good considering the great size. In the picture the missionaries are standing in front of the Buddha. They are, from left to right: Harold Kingsford, C. Ralph Amott, Sister Lillian L. Broadbent, George A. Turner, Val. W. Palmer, Bryan L. Wright. Middle row: Varsall L. Cowley, J. Vernon Adams, Sister Ei Nachie, President Joseph H. Stimpson and Sister Mary E. Stimpson, Sister Pearl M. Lee and child. Bottom row: Jos. Ray Stoddard, President Stimpson's child, and A. Ray Olpin.

Improvement Era 1917

The Japan mission has 23 members enrolled in Tokio, and have held 36 meetings with an average attendance of 23.

Improvement Era 1917

The mission from Japan, headed by Viscount Ishii, arrived in the United States August 13 to discuss the closer cooperation of the two countries in war activities. Involved in the issues are ship construction, and the increasing of the ship tonnage in the Atlantic and Pacific by the Japanese.