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3 January 1909
Sunday School convened as usual at 10:00 A.M. Nearly all that attended at Fujikawacho came to our new home. This was very gratifying.
Sacrament Meeting commenced at 1:00 P.M. Elder William R. Fairbourn presided. Opened by singing, “Beautiful Day Of Rest.” Invocation was offered by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. Continued by singing, “For Our Devotions Father.” The Sacrament was administered by Elders J.H. Stimpson and E.C. Taylor.
Elder Wm R. Fairbourn was the first to speak telling all to speak if they felt in the spirit of so doing and then warning all present to be careful of boasting. We should never think that God is under obligation to bestow his blessings upon us for he is not and if we think so we are on dangerous ground. He bore his testimony of the truth.
Elder J.H. Stimpson then spoke saying he was pleased to have had the privilege to be born of “Mormon” parentage who had taught him the gospel from childhood he thereby having gained a testimony when very young. Every saint should try to bring up the children correctly.
Elder E.C. Taylor expressed his joy in bearing his testimony wherever he was and then admonished the saints to teach their children the plan of life and salvation.
Brother Maraji Yoneyama spoke next. He is happy to have a testimony and hope to live much better during the coming year than he has done in the past.
Sister Hana Yoneyama was the last speaker she bearing a humble but brief testimony desiring to live better hereafter.
Closed by singing, “Our Everlasting Friend.” Benediction was pronounced by Bro Maraji Yoneyama.
The elders spent the afternoon conversing with saints and investigators.
Preaching Meeting commenced at 7:10 P.M. 12 Japanese were present. The Opening song was, “God Is Love.” Invocation was offered by E.C. Taylor. Song, “Do What Is Right.”
Elder Wm R. Fairbourn spoke on regeneration. In every function of life there is a time for rest, he said, and the spirit is not excepted. Inasmuch as the New Year is just beginning, we should examine our past and make resolutions to improve over the same. Especially should we guard our lips as words cut deeper than the sword. We should not worry, nor think it a honor to have noted ancestors. Be better than they. We should obey the golden rule, as we will find it will bring us great joy. In order to have our sins remitted, we must do as Christ says, be born of the water and the spirit, John 3. In doing this we regenerate and receive new life. We are here to progress and therefore regeneration is essential. Earth can be made a heaven or hell just as we strive to do.
Closed by singing, “Come Hither All Ye Weary Souls.” Benediction was offered by Elder J.H. Stimpson.
10 January 1909
Sunday School convened at 10:00 A.M. with a very large attendance. The boys class was organized with Elder W.R. Fairbourn as teacher.
Sacrament Meeting commenced at 1:15 P.M. Elder Fairbourn presided. The Opening song was “O My Father.” Invocation was offered by Elder E.C. Taylor. Song, “While Of These Emblems We Partake.” The Sacrament was then administered by Elders J.H. Stimpson and Wm. R. Fairbourn.
Bro. Yoneyama was called to speak but he asked to be excused as he could think of nothing on which to speak.
Elder Fairbourn then spoke briefly, reading Ephesians 6:10-18 and telling what the saints require to build them up in faith and works.
The Closing song was, “Come Listen To A Prophet’s Voice. Benediction was pronounced by Elder J.H. Stimpson.
Japanese Bible Class was held at 3:00 P.M. by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. Baptism being the subject, a very interesting session was held. Eleven Japanese were present.
Preaching Meeting commenced at 7:05 P.M. The opening song was, “We’re Not Ashamed To Own Our Lord.” Prayer was offered by Elder J.H. Stimpson. Singing, “See The Mighty Angel Flying.”
Elder Wm R. Fairbourn spoke on Revelation. Paul’s conversion was related in detail. He received the gospel through revelation and not from man. Adam saw and talked with God. Noah and family were saved by obedience to a revelation from God. Revelations have been given in every dispensation according to the needs of the people. The revelation to Noah is practically useless to us. The teachings of Christ were given through the power of God. Man today is spiritually far behind the people of antiquity. We should not tempt God for a sign. The Church is founded on Revelation and Joseph Smith had the privilege of seeing God, receiving many important revelations. Many things will be revealed in the future as in the past, and always to the chosen ones of God.
The closing song was “The Spirit Of God.” Benediction was offered by Elder E.C. Taylor.
17 January 1909
Sunday School was held at 10:00 A.M. there being about 90 in attendance. A new cook came quite early and settled herself in the house.
Sacrament Meeting commenced at 1:00 P.M.
The Opening song was “Join The Children Of The Lord.” Prayer was offered by Elder Joseph H. Stimpson. Song, “Tis Sweet To Sing The Matchless Love.” The sacrament was then administered by Elders Wm R. Fairbourn and E.C. Taylor.
Elder Joseph H. Stimpson spoke of the philosophers and prophets that have lived on the earth showing how Christ was the greatest he being the Son of God and by giving his death for mankind’s sake, brought salvation into the world. The philosophers teach many truths but Christ’s teachings include all truth.
Song, “Parting Hymn.” Benediction was pronounced by Elder E.C. Taylor.
Bible Class was held at 3:00 P.M. by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. The lesson was taken from John 4: where Jesus talked with the woman of Samaria. 6 Japanese were present.
Preaching meeting commenced at 7:00 P.M. 26 Japanese were present. Opened by singing, “Improve The Shining Moments.” Invocation was offered by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. Song, “God Is Love.”
Elder Wm Fairbourn took up a great many of the teachings of Christ and deliberated on the same. Christ taught the plan of salvation by example as well as by precept and when we practise his teachings, we can make this earth a heaven. The resurrection was mention[ed] briefly. We should be careful to be not deceived as there are many false prophets in sheep’s clothing about and not all who say “Lord, Lord,” will enter the Kingdom Of Heaven. We must obey God’s laws to obtain salvation as we cannot climb a fence to enter heaven. Song, “Marching Homeward.” We should be careful not to make light of God nor his teachings as he is kind to all.
The Closing song was “Let The Holy Spirit Guide.” Benediction was pronounced by Elder E.C. Taylor.
24 January 1909
At 10:00 A.M. Sunday School convened, there being a good attendance in each class the lessons of which were interesting.
Sacrament meeting began at 1:00 P.M. under the direction of Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. No Japanese saints were present. Meeting was commenced by singing “Beautiful Words Of Love.” Invocation was pronounced by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn. Continued by singing, “Jesus Once Of Humble Birth.” The Sacrament was administered by Elders J.H. Stimpson and E.C. Taylor.
Elder E.C. Taylor read a piece on “Education” from Vol. 6 #24 of the “Liahona, The Elders Journal.” Song, “Join The Children Of The Lord.” Benediction was pronounced by Elder J.H. Stimpson.
A very interesting and instructive bible class was held by Elder Wm R. Fairbourn at 3:00 P.M. 11 Japanese were present and all took an interest in the lesson which was John 5:1-35.
Preaching Meeting commenced at 7:00 P.M. 22 Japanese attended. Opened by singing “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer.” Invocation was offered by Sister Iso. Song, “See The Mighty Angel Flying.”
Elder J.H. Stimpson spoke on the apostacy from and restoration of the gospel. He explained the organization of the church set up by Christ plainly showing that it was greatly different from those of the modern Christian Churches. The apostacy and restoration were seen by the prophets of antiquity and Christ and his apostles were continually warning the saints of the apostacy. We need only to study history to find that the prophecies have been literally fulfilled. The angel seen by John the Revelator on the Isle of Patmos appeared to Joseph Smith in answer to his humble prayer and through his instrumentality the gospel was restored with all its former perfectness which is being preached unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Joseph Smith was led to ask God for wisdom because of the many differences of the Christian churches.
Song, “the Spirit of God.” Elder E.C. Taylor pronounced the benediction.
31 January 1909
Sunday School convened at 10:00 5 children being present.
Sacrament Meeting commenced at 1:00 P.M. No Saints. The Opening song was, “O My Father.” Prayer was offered by E.C. Taylor. Song, “We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name.” The Sacrament was administered by Elders J.H. Stimpson and W.R. Fairbourn.
Elder E.C. Taylor spoke briefly on the subject, “As man is, God once was, As God is, man may become,” using Luke 6:40 for his text.
Song, “Come Hither All Ye Weary Souls.” Benediction was pronounced by Elder W.R. Fairbourn.
9 Japanese attended bible class which commenced at 3:00 the subject being the feeding of the 5,000. All enjoyed it.
Preaching Meeting began at 7:00 P.M. 28 Japanese were in attendance. All sang, “O Say What Is Truth.” Prayer was offered by Elder Wm R;. Fairbourn. Song, “Though Deepening Trials.”
Elder Wm R. Fairbourn spoke on death. He went on to prove that Adam’s sin was no detriment but a blessing as everything must die before bearing fruit. If we obey God’s commandments, death should have no sting as Christ died for us thereby winning the victory over death. Paul wrote a great deal on the subject death the speaker reading Cor. 15th chapter. In order to gain the benefit of Christ’s atonement, we must acknowledge him and obey his laws. Death has no sting to the faithful for they know that the departed person is only separated for a short time and that they are living in a much better place than this earth.
Song, “Guide Me To Thee.” Elder J.H. Stimpson offered the benediction.