Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Samoa in Church History

Henry L. Bassett records how he spent Christmas of 1891 in Samoa as a Mormon missionary:
I rode up to the German plantation to see Capt. Hufnagel to deliver a Christmas present from Louie Lee to the captain's wife. Returned and had our Christmas dinner, consisting of roast veal, mashed potatoes, gravy, cake and custard pudding. It was indeed a treat for us. Later we all went into the sea for a swim. We had some diving contests and as to the winner, modesty forbids me to mention him. We had been out quite a way, in fact too far from shore when one remembers the number of sharks infesting these waters. On our way back to shore our boat capsized but as we had reached shallower water we were able to empty it and float it again.

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