モルモン

とは?

What of the

Mormons?

帰還宣教師から

From Returned Missionaries

Alma O. Taylor's Journal Excerpts-195

 

 

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Editor's Note: 1910 - In Korea and China. I copied and pasted from the transcription of the journals in the BYU Library. I cannot always tell which of the errors are because of poor transcription or just spelling irregularities common at that time in our history. I have made some corrections, but not all to give a flavor of the original journals and because I am lazy.

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After the long expected greeting and embrace, we boarded the train for Salt Lake. We arrived at 3:35 and with father Bro. Caine and John T. Caine and I went to the First Presidency's office where Elder Caine and I reported and received the President's blessing. Father and I walked from the President's house home where mother greeted me with kisses and tears. Sisters Ruth and Lucile were at mother's. It was a strange home into which I was received - one that has been built since I went to Japan. The wonderful changes in the city made me feel anything but like being home. Dear old father has aged and weakened considerably in the last nine years. Mother also shows the marks of the passing years. But I need write no more as I can't describe things as I saw them. I felt glad and then sad. I felt homesick for Japan, but rejoiced in being at my aged parents' side. I felt almost like being in an unknown world.

In the evening Aunt Clara and her children, Aunt Hattie, Bp & Sister Hatt, Horace & Sister Ensign and one or two others came in to welcome me home. I retired with a heart filled with gratitude for the preservation of my life and the lives of my parents and brothers and sisters during our long separations. Truly "God is good."

Salt Lake City, Utah From Wednesday April 27th to Saturday April 30th 1910 Wednesday forenoon Elder Caine and I visited the First Presidency and reported to them our trip through China and Corea. They asked a great many questions. We did not get on to our report of conditions in Japan so we went again Friday morning according to appointment and spoke of Japan and the Japan Mission. The meeting was adjurned before I got to a statement of the needs of the mission so we made an appointment for Monday morning. Both the interviews on Wednesday and Friday lasted three hours each. The Presidency desired our reports on China and Corea written and submitted These were prepared and Sister Irvine of the Presidency's Office wrote them on the typewriter. Wednesday evening I attended a Welcome reception given in honor of Elder Caine in the 2nd Ward. It was a very enthusiastic and love begetting affair. Apostle Grant, Elder Lewis A. Kelsch and Bro. Horace S. Ensign were present making the first reunion of the original pioneers of the Japan Mission since the summer of 1902. Friends have kept calling at our home to meet me. I have met many old acquaintances on the streets and Thursday night at a missionary farewell in the Twelfth-Thirteenth Ward I met many of the old ward folk, but the great majority of the faces were entirely strange. I have also called on a number of my dearest friends and I have visited some of the relatives of elders in Japan.