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Elbert Thomas, 1909

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 17, 2014

A future United States Senator from Utah was a missionary in Japan in 1909 —





  1. If I could find the “grainy black and white” setting for my digital camera (and some sandals and socks specially made to fit the strap between the toes), I’d submit a similar photo of a former missionary in Japan.

    I will say, though, that he looked as if he had more gravitas than I ever had as a missionary 40 years ago.

    On a serious note, Senator Thomas’s missionary experience in Japan had significant effects on his views about Japan during the time he was in the Senate. (Which covered 1933-1951–a difficult, to say the least, period in Japanese-American relations.) Here’s one man’s view of Senator Thomas’s contributions.

    (I wondered if Prof. Iguchi might be LDS, but the last footnote in the paper suggests that he is not. He refers there to “Suejitsu Seito Iesu Kirisuto Kyokai”–the name of the church–except that the first character which he reads “Sue” is actually read “Matsu” by the church.)

    Comment by Mark B. — July 17, 2014 @ 11:11 am

  2. Thanks for that link, Mark. I went to it, intending only to skim a few lines and see how long it was and how it was organized, to return to later … and found myself reading paragraph after paragraph. It’s great! I’ll certainly be returning to finish reading it.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 17, 2014 @ 11:34 am

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