Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924

Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924

by Reid L Neilson

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Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924 by Reid L Neilson

In 1901 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent its first missionaries to Japan. Just over 20 years later, the church temporarily retreated from evangelizing in Asia. Author Reid L. Neilson sheds light on why those first representatives were sent to Japan and what led to the church's brief withdrawal from Japan and the rest of East Asia. He argues that the same nineteenth-century LDS theology, practices, and traditions that gave rise to the early LDS Japan Mission in 1901 were paradoxically also responsible for the eventual demise of the mission in 1924. The unvaried sense of evangelic propriety and practices hindered Mormon missionaries from adapting their message to the new and incredibly different cultures encountered in East Asia. This floundering on the part of church leaders and laity to adapt to the linguistic and cultural differences of Japan resulted in fewer conversions than in other contemporary LDS mission fields, and caused the LDS Japan Mission to struggle in comparison with other Protestant missionary efforts among the Japanese.

Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924 offers an extensive account of an infrequently discussed point in Mormon history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874809893
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Reid L. Neilson is an assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University and has edited over a dozen academic books on Mormon history.

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