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Church Continues to Grow in American Samoa

Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to grow in American Samoa. One example of that growth can be found in Aunuu.

          

In 1985 a Sunday School was established in Aunuu, American Samoa. One year later the Sunday School had grown to about 40 members and a branch (a small congregation) was formed. The congregation remained a branch for 30 years, but last year members renewed a focus on missionary work. Over the next year membership grew by 16%.

According to church leader Michael Lavea, that growth enabled the branch to achieve the status of a ward (a standard-size congregation of the Church) on 14 January 2018. It also resulted in the renovation and expansion of the building in which the ward meets.

Lavea reported that a relatively new branch (established in Fagaitua in 2015) has also been experiencing continued growth.

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