Japanese Saints : Mormons in the Land of the Rising Sun
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon Church, is quickly becoming a global religion with more than 12 million members worldwide. In Japan, the number of official members has more than doubled since 1980. Yet this impressive growth has not been accompanied by research on Japanese Mormons. What attracts Japanese people, most of whom have little experience with Christianity, to an American faith? How are their lives as Japanese people affected by the Mormon Church? Based on research in a small congregation in northern Japan and in-depth interviews with foreign missionaries, Japanese Saints is the first book to provide an in-depth, qualitative examination of what it is like to be a Japanese Mormon. Hoffmann pays particular attention to how members joined the LDS Church, how it has affected relationships with family and friends, and what membership in the Church entails.
- Hardback | 244 pages
- 157.5 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
- 28 Feb 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Fascinating and highly readable book, as it does not just give insights into the Mormon Church in Japan but also sketches its members and organization against the wider Japanese religious and political context. Hoffman offers many new insights into the LDS conversion experience in a country that is rarely studiedddd BYU Studies Quarterly Japanese Saints is a valuable contribution to a growing body of literature on Mormonism outside of the United States...The book will be a useful starting point for scholars interested in international Mormonism, and one may hope that it will prompt a number of further research projects on Mormonism in Japan. Journal of Religion, July 2008 Japanese Saints is a finely crafted work, thoroughly grounded in relevant theoretical, historical, and empirical literature and bolstered by Hoffmann's own field observations and first-hand interviews. Hoffmann's primary purpose is to tell us how, why, to what degree, and with what consequences certain Japanese make the surprising decision to at least temporarily become Mormons. But, by analyzing the Mormon missionary enterprise in Japan as an illuminating case study, he also addresses many of the major issues that are interesting to contemporary sociologists of religion. -- Gary Shepherd, Oakland University Fascinating and highly readable book, as it does not just give insights into the Mormon Church in Japan but also sketches its members and organization against the wider Japanese religious and political context. Hoffman offers many new insights into the LDS conversion experience in a country that is rarely studied BYU Studies Quarterly
About John P. Hoffmann
John P. Hoffmann is professor of sociology at Brigham Young University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Japanese History, Christianity, and the LDS Church Chapter 3 Toward an Understanding of Religious and Japanese Identities Chapter 4 Joining the Church, Leaving the Church Chapter 5 What it Means to be a Latter-day Saint Chapter 6 Identity Balance: Conflicts and Reconciliations Chapter 7 Church Work as Identity Work Chapter 8 Missionary Work in Japan Chapter 9 Japanese Identity, Mormon Identity: Sketches and Conclusions Chapter 10 Appendix: Research Methos