Horace Samuel Ensign Birth: Nov. 10, 1871 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
Son of Horace Sobreski Ensign and Martha Triplett
President of the Japan Mission.
For many years he was a member of the Tabernacle Choir and made several trips with that organization as a soloist. Later he made his home in Wichita, Kansas, where he still resided in 1936. Japanese saints: Mormons in the land of the rising sun By John Patrick Hoffmann Introduction pg.1
On September 1, 1901, four men stood on a small hill overlooking Yokahama and dedicated the nation of Japan for missionary work. Elder Heber J. Grant, who was to later become the seventh president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), prayed to God that Satan would release his hold on the minds of the Japanese people and that they might be prepared to recognized the truth that he and his companions offered. Elder Grant and these companions, Louis A. Kelsche, Horace S. Ensign, and nineteen-year-old Alma O. Taylor, were sent by the leaders of the LDS Church to open another Asian nation to the spirited proselytizing efforts of what has emerged in the ensuing years as one of the fastest growing religious bodies in the world... Early 1901 pg.24
Over the next several months, [Heber J.] Grant, who had never before served a fulltime mission for the Church, selected two experienced men to accompany him to Japan: twenty-nine-year-old Horace S. Ensign, who had recently returned from a mission to Colorado and had previously served as Gran't secretary; and Louis A. Kelsch, who had served several mission for the LDS Church, most recently in Chicago. A third companion was eighteen-year-old Alma O. Taylor, who lived near Gran't home and worked in his family's undertaking business. None of the "Japanese Quartet," as they were known, spoke any Japanese, although Alma Taylor immediately acquired a Japanese language book and began to study Buddhist Philosophy. Japan Mission, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4 by Andrew Jenson
Japanese Mission Presidents: Heber J. Grant, 1901-1903; Horace Samuel Ensign, 1903-1908; Alma O. Taylor, 1908-1910; Elbert D. Thomas, 1910-1912; Heber Grant Ivins, 1912-1915; Joseph Henry Stimpson, 1915-1921; Lloyd Ivie, 1921-1923; Hilton A. Robertson, 1923-1924. The mission was closed in June, 1924.... Ensign » 1984 » September - name Horace S. Ensign found in article
Photo #1: Religious Education Image Archive Title A Mission Call to Japan Contributor Church Educational System (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mays, Kenneth R. Description The missionaries called to open Japan for the preaching of the gospel. Left to right: Horace S. Ensign, Heber J. Grant, Alma O. Taylor, and Louis A. Kelsch. Elder Grant was called to preside over the mission. Photograph taken in Salt Lake City in 1901. Publisher Original Church Educational System (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Date Original 1901 Publisher Digital Brigham Young University. Dept. of Religious Education; Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library Date Digital 2004-05 Edition Electronic reproduction Genre Photographs Collection Religious Education LDS Church History and Doctrine Owning Institution Brigham Young University.
Photo #2: Inscription on Monument:
On the Morning of September 1, 1901 four missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints humbly gathered to dedicate Japan "for the proclamation of the truth and for the bringing to pass of the purposes of the Lord." Elders Heber J. Grant, Louis A. Kelsch, Horace S. Ensign and Alma O. Taylor walked to a secluded spot in Yokahama, and far from this site, and knelt within a small grove of trees Elder Grant, a Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and President of the Japanese Mission, offered the dedicatory prayer.
Of the prayer, Elder Taylor wrote “His tongue was loosed and the Spirit resided mightily upon him so much so that we felt the angels of God were near for our hearts burned within us as the words fell from his lips”
This monument stands in commemoration of a century of devotion by faithful members of the Church throughout Japan, and as a beacon of hope that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to bless the people of this great land.
September 1, 2001
Names also listed on monument in both Japanese and English, top to bottom, Elder Alma O. Taylor, Elder Horace S. Ensign, Elder Louis A. Kelsch and Elder Heber J. Grant