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Books:Religion:Mormon:Church History:Asia

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

Neilson, Reid LNew, University of Utah Press, 2010, 


Brand new softcover book! ; 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. In Early Mormon Activities in Japan, 1901-1924, author Reid L. Neilson sheds light on why those first representatives were sent to Japan, how they functioned as “strangers in a strange land, ” 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.

Utilizing a case study of the equally ill-fated 1854 LDS mission to China, Neilson works to provide an understanding of why the standard LDS missionary approach of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was so poorly suited for evangelizing non-Christian, non-Western peoples. 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.

Those interested in comparative mission history, the rise of Mormonism and the international LDS church, or early modern East Asian history will find that Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924 offers an extensive account of a not oft-mentioned point in Mormon history.

Contents includes
Part I: Nineteenth-Century Explorations in Asia
1. Mormon Mappings of Asian Religions
2. Mormon Encounters with Asians
3. Euro-American Mormon Missionary Model
Part II: Twentieth-Century Challenges in Japan
4. Opening the Japan Mission
5. Mormon Missionary Practices in Japan
6. Temporary Retreat from Japan
Epilogue; 0.5 x 8.9 x 6 Inches; 280 pages, 


Price: 29.95 USD 26.96 USD 
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The Trek East,  Mormonism Meets Japan, 1901-1968, Takagi, Shinji
2 The Trek East, Mormonism Meets Japan, 1901-1968

Takagi, ShinjiNew, Greg Kofford Books, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new softcover book!

; The Trek East represents Mormonism’s ongoing search for a haven in Japan that began at the turn of the twentieth century. This effort to evangelize and grow in Japan occurred with the backdrop of three forces of history that had emerged in the previous century. First, with the aspirations of Manifest Destiny achieved in conquering the western frontier, the United States was becoming a Pacific military and economic power. Second, Japan was opening up its borders after 220 years of national seclusion, allowing its enterprising young men to travel abroad, foreign missionaries to enter the country, and its citizens eventually to practice a religion of their choice. Third, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been freed from government harassment for the practice of polygamy, was beginning to think of going beyond the then established missions. Author Shinji Takagi takes a distinctively “macro” approach, focusing on the logic behind the narrative—why certain decisions were made and their historical significance. The Trek East is therefore as much about Japan as it is about Mormonism. Readers will observe, through the eyes of Mormonism, the intellectual, legal, political, religious, and social aspects of Japan as the country evolved across history.

; 9 X 6 X 1.50 inches; 608 pages, 


Price: 39.95 USD 35.96 USD 
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