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    American Samoa

    In May 1843, 13 years after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in the United States, four men were sent to be missionaries in the islands of the Pacific.

    Elder Joseph H. Dean and his wife, Florence Ridges Dean, arrived in Samoa in 1888. Missionaries were again sent to Tutuila. By 1891 the mission in Samoa, with headquarters near Apia, was developing steadily. The first branch (a small congregation) was started in Pago Pago on 27 May 1893, and before the turn of the century, 11 branches had been organized on the island.

    On 26 November 1906, a Relief Society organization for the women was founded at Mapusaga with 14 members enrolled. A Primary organization for the children was organized 24 May 1908. A Church village with a school and a supporting plantation was founded at Mapusaga 10 May 1903. In 1938, the Boy Scout organization was started at Mapusaga.

    Missionaries were recalled in 1940 prior to World War II because of troubled conditions, and local members assumed more leadership responsibilities. After the war, missionaries returned and the work accelerated. A stake (diocese) was created in Pago Pago in 1969. In 1989, Eni F. (Hunkin Jr.) Faleomavaega, former lieutenant governor of American Samoa, became the first Samoan member of the Church elected to be a non-voting member of the 101st United States Congress.

    During hurricanes in February 1990 and December 1991, members suffered considerable losses but local units responded well in dealing with the devastation. Membership in 1990 was 7,500, increasing to about 12,000 in 1994. Today, more than one in four American Samoans enjoy membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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    Richard Hunter
    New Zealand
    Phone:  64(9)488-5572
    Mobile: 64-21-240-7804

    E-mail: Hunterra@ldschurch.org

    16,339

    Total Church Membership

    4

    Family History Centers

    42

    Congregations

    North America

    9,253,590

    Total Church Membership

    192

    Missions

    2,866

    Family History Centers

    18,159

    Congregations

    109

    Temples

    South America

    4,038,045

    Total Church Membership

    94

    Missions

    979

    Family History Centers

    5,545

    Congregations

    17

    Temples

    Europe

    516,003

    Total Church Membership

    43

    Missions

    710

    Family History Centers

    1,422

    Congregations

    12

    Temples

    Asia

    1,155,764

    Total Church Membership

    42

    Missions

    333

    Family History Centers

    1,973

    Congregations

    8

    Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    552,825

    Total Church Membership

    18

    Missions

    338

    Family History Centers

    1,251

    Congregations

    10

    Temples

    Africa

    578,310

    Total Church Membership

    31

    Missions

    285

    Family History Centers

    2,004

    Congregations

    3

    Temples

    Worldwide Statistics

    16,118,169

    Total Church Membership

    421

    Missions

    159

    Temples

    30,506

    Congregations

    67,049

    Missionaries

    15

    Missionary Training Centers

    4

    Universities & Colleges

    404,270

    Seminary Students Enrollment

    357,760

    Institute Student Enrollment

    5,100

    Family History Centers

    10,238

    Welfare Services Missionaries (Incl. Humanitarian Service Missionaries)

    188

    Published Languages

    140

    Countries with Family History Centers

    189

    Countries Receiving Humanitarian Aid (Since 1985)