The Japanese Missionary Journal of Elder Alma O. Taylor 1901-10
Neilson, Reid L.
BYU Studies: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History
July 24, 1901 to January 9, 1910. Taylor records the events of his nine-year mission to Japan. He notes several encounters with non-Japanese foreigners, revealing the diverse non-American perception of Momons. Taylor notes the heavy debate on Mormonism which commences with his arrival. He relates a prayer he had with his brother, Grant, which included a request that the Three Nephites would assist them in their work and a belief that the Japanese were of Lamanite lineage. Taylor writes of his efforts to combat the lingering stigma of polygamy. Taylor notes the materialistic bent he sees in the Japanese and how it affects their view of Mormons. Heber J. Grant visits Japan. Taylor translates the Book of Mormon into Japanese. He notes a letter from Anthon Lund discussing B.H. Robert's theory on Joseph Smith's method of translating. Taylor gives copies of his translation to the imperial family of Japan. The journal ends with his departure for his Korea-China tour in January 1910.