Sunday, December 29, 2013

Samoa in Church History

Mataafa Iosefo
Henry L. Bassett, a Mormon missionary to Samoa in the early 1890s, writes of the time when his knowing the Samoan language likely saved his life.
In the night we rode through the village of Malie where Mataafa the rebel chief with his followers were encamped. As we entered Malie in the darkness of night two armed men sprang forward to the trail side and pointed their rifles at us at a distance of only about eight feet. I called out the greeting, 'Talofa alii,' upon which one native warned the other, 'Don't shoot. These men are not government men from Apia but probably faifeau (missionaries) as they speak our language so well.'

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