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    Niue

    305

    Total Church Membership

    1-in-

    2

    Congregations

    0 Wards
    2 Branches

    1

    Family History Centers

    1

    History

    The first Church members in Niue were Fritz Bunge-Kruger and his family, who arrived in 1952 to do missionary work. He traveled about the island and showed movies, and then, with the contacts he made, started a home Sunday School. It soon grew to an attendance of 80. They moved to a local dance hall for meetings and on 29 May 1952, a Mutual Improvement Association was organized.

    The following August, 26 converts were baptized by Elder Thayne Christensen. Other baptismal services followed, and a total of 65 were baptized the first year. Because of persecution during open air meetings, activities were held quietly at first, but at times entire villages attended. The first Niuean missionary was Sionemologa Tagavaitau.

    On 12 February 1955, work commenced on the Alofi Chapel with a handful of members raising money and doing much of the building by hand. They were assisted by labor missionaries. The building was completed in 1958. Additional Church buildings were erected later.

    About a third or more of the Niuean members have moved to New Zealand. Devastating hurricanes hit the island in 1959, 1960, and 1990. Many homes were leveled. Members in Niue, particularly the youth, have often distinguished themselves in island competitions.

    In January 2004 a super tropical cyclone destroyed the vital birth, death and marriage records of the island. The Church had microfilmed these records starting in 1994, which preserved the information that had been destroyed. In February 2004, copies of the microfilmed records were presented to the Niueans.

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

    E-mail: Hunterra@ldschurch.org

    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    578,944

    Members

    2,010

    Congregations

    Missions

    32Missions

    Family History Centers

    281

    Temples

    3Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,181,411

    Members

    2,124

    Congregations

    Missions

    44Missions

    Family History Centers

    336

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    512,269

    Members

    1,408

    Congregations

    Missions

    42Missions

    Family History Centers

    704

    Temples

    12Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,254,663

    Members

    18,167

    Congregations

    Missions

    192Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,530

    Temples

    109Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    552,825

    Members

    1,251

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    299

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,038,057

    Members

    5,546

    Congregations

    Missions

    94Missions

    Family History Centers

    941

    Temples

    17Temples