Sunday, December 15, 2013

Samoa in Church History

Early Mormon missionaries to Samoa.

Elder William O. Lee also tells of a run-in he and his fellow missionaries had with a missionary of another denomination,
It was during this time that Mr. Clark, the senior member of the London Missionary Society, hearing of our work on [Aunu Ľu], came from Apia to investigate the new religion on the islands.
One day we received a call from him, and, naturally, our conversation drifted onto religious matters. Before going, he asked the question, 'Do you expect to establish your Church here?'
To which we replied, 'Most certainly; we have come five-thousand miles for that purpose.'
'Then,' he said, 'I have come ten-thousand miles to stop you.'
He had recently returned from his vacation in England. We met Mr. Clark many times after this, and each time we had more converts, more branches, of The Church; and, lastly, our headquarters was established on the island of Upolu, within three miles of his own.
Image courtesy of the Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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