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    Solomon Islands

    The Solomon Islands were dedicated for the preaching of the gospel and missionary work on 10 March 1987, by Elder James E. Faust of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was accompanied by his wife and Elder and Sister John Sonnenberg of the Pacific Area Presidency. They went to Henderson Field at 5:15 in the morning and in the area of the four monuments, dedicated the Solomon Islands for the work of the Church.

    Imo Ta'asi had been baptized the previous year at the Church-owned Brigham Young University, in the United States, and Peter Joseph Salaka, a member of Parliament, had been baptized the previous year in England by Ed Pinegar. The first missionaries in the islands were Elder E. Crawford Jones and his wife, Sister Judith Jones, of Moses Lake, Washington, United States. They arrived in the islands in February, 1995.

    President John Gibson of the Papua New Guinea Mission later sent two pidgin-speaking Polynesian missionaries from Papua New Guinea, Elder Glenn R. Cockburn from New Zealand and Elder Sa Francis Togia from Australia. These two missionaries began the first missionary work to the people of the Solomon Islands in their own language.

    The first sacrament meeting was held in Honiara on 5 February 1995. President John Gibson, Elder and Sister Jones, and Robert Bera were the four in attendance on this day. On 26 April 1995, President Gibson met with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Mamaloni, and presented him with a framed painting of Jesus Christ with the inscription "To the Government and People of the Solomon Islands from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." He also presented to him a specially-inscribed copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

    The Honiara Branch (a small congregation) of the Solomon Islands District of the Papua New Guinea Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized on 4 February 1996. Sixty-two people were present that day including 17 baptized members of the Church. In 1987, there were only three Latter-day Saints in the Solomon Islands. By 1998, there were almost 100 members. The Church continues to grow and bless the lives of the people of the Solomon Islands.

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

    E-mail: Hunterra@ldschurch.org

    1,099

    Total Church Membership

    5

    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

    18

    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

    407

    Missions

    160

    Temples

    30,506

    Congregations

    65,915

    Missionaries

    14

    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)