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History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

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History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii: [1]

1844 Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints intending to sail to Hawaii arrive at Tubuai instead, 300 miles south of Tahiti. [2] Joseph and Hyrum Smith are martyred.
1850 Brigham Young sends George Q. Cannon and nine other Latter-day Saint missionaries to Honolulu. [3] Businessmen begin to arrive in Hawaii.
1851 First Latter-day Saint convert baptism in Hawaii. Nalilmanui offers her home to George Cannon and missionaries. George Q. Cannon receives revelation at Lahaina, Maui, that the Hawaiians are the seed of Abraham, through the posterity of Lehi. [4]
1852 Jonathan and Kitty Napela are baptized and Jonathan helps George Q. Cannon translate The Book of Mormon from English into Hawaiian. [5] First branch organized at Pulehu, Maui. [6] Total Church membership in Hawaii is 841: 196 from Maui, 71 from Oahu, 43 from Molokai.
1853 Membership at April conference in Hawaii totals 1,131. A smallpox epidemic kill 5,000 to 6,000 Hawaiians, 400 of them Latter-day Saints.
1855 Printing of the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian begun. [7] Joseph F. Smith, age 16, is appointed to preside on the island of Maui with Elders Sixtus E. Smith and Simpson Molen as assistants.
1857 Joseph F. Smith is nursed back to health by Ma Naoheakamamalu Manuhii. [8] He blesses her that she will “live to see the day when a temple will be built in Hawaii.” [9]
1858 The Utah war brings missionaries home in December. [10] [11] Hawaiian Elders Kelehune, and Solomon Umi are left in charge.
1862 Lorenzo Snow is drowned in Lahaina harbor, Maui, and is resuscitated. [12] He goes to Palawai. Walter Murry Gibson is excommunicated for simony and apostasy.
1865 Laie is chosen as the new gathering place for the Saints [13] by Francis Hammond and George Nebeker. [14] Total Church membership in Hawaii is 500, with 22 missionaries.
1870 Church membership in Hawaii is 1,611.
1875 Membership in Hawaii is 4,092.
1885 Joseph F. Smith tells Hawaiians not to leave Hawaii, but to be patient and love the Lord.
1889 The colony of Iosepa is established by Hawaiian Saints in Skull Valley Utah. [15]
1900 Church membership in Hawaii is 6,978, with 22 missionaries.
1906 Queen Liliuokalani is baptized into the Church by Elder Abraham Fernandez. [16]
1915 Joseph F. Smith arrives in Honoloulu and sees Manuhii again. He dedicates the temple site in Laie. [17] Church membership in Hawaii is 9,443 with 46 missionaries.
1917 Queen Liliuokalani dies at age 79. [18]
1919 Hawaii temple dedicated by President Heber J. Grant [19] [20]
1920 Genealogy of Kamehameha printed in Abraham Fornander’s Polynesian History and Ethnology.
1921 Elder David O. McKay visits Laie Elementary school and sees the vision of a university in Hawaii. [21]
1927 Robert Plunkett and Clinton Kanahele become first Hawaiians in a temple presidency.
2008 Church membership in Hawaii is 67,106.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Richard C. Harvey, "The Development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hawaii," ScholarsArchive at Brigham Young University, April 1974, https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5770&context=etd, accessed 9 August 2020
  2. Reid L. Neilson and Riley M. Moffat, Editors, "Tales from the World Tour, The 1895-1897 Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson," Mission Histories, (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012), 410-33, Appendix 2, https://rsc.byu.edu/tales-world-tour/appendix-2, accessed 13 July 2020
  3. Mary Jane Woodger, ed. Reid L. Nielson and Fred E. Woods, "The Ten Pioneering Missionaries of the Sandwich Islands, 1850-54," BYU Religious Studies Center, Go Ye into All the World: The Growth & Development of Mormon Missionary Work (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2012), 217-40, https://rsc.byu.edu/go-ye-all-world/ten-pioneering-missionaries-sandwich-islands-1850-54, accessed 13 July 2020
  4. "The Book of Mormon Hawaii," Donkeytime.org, October 24, 2019, https://donkeytime.org/the-book/41583-the-book-of-mormon-hawaii-615-953.php, accessed 23 July 2020
  5. Joseph H. Spurrier, "Jonathon Napela: Quiet Hero of Hawaii," ChurchofJesusChrist.org, Ensign August 1978, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1978/08/jonathon-napela-quiet-hero-of-hawaii?lang=eng, accessed 23 July 2020
  6. Joline "Jo" Dorner, "Pulehu LDS Chapel," Maui 24/7 - Media/News Company - facebook page, posted 16 December 2015, https://www.facebook.com/maui247/posts/pulehu-lds-chapel-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints-has-been-in-ha/913646282048713/, accessed 23 July 2020
  7. David J. Whittaker, "A Printing History of The Book of Mormon," Mormon Historic Sites website, page 115, http://mormonhistoricsites.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/MHS_FALL-2005_06-PRINTING-HISTORY-BOOK-OF-MORMON.pdf, accessed 16 July 2020
  8. "The Ministry of Joseph F. Smith," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints website, page xvi, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teachings-joseph-f-smith/the-ministry-of-joseph-f-smith?lang=eng, accessed 14 July 2020
  9. Eric Marlowe, "Joseph F. Smith promises Hawaii mama she will live to see Laie Temple built," The Kealaka'i, April 23, 2019, Brigham Young University Hawaii, April 23, https://kealakai.byuh.edu/joseph-f-smith-promises-hawaiian-mama-she-will-live-to-see-laie-temple-built, accessed 14 July 2020
  10. Fred E. Woods, "A Most Influential Mormon Islander: Jonathan Hawaii Napela," page 142, CORE, the world's largest collection of open access research papers, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/5014367.pdf, accessed 9 August 2020
  11. Fred E. Woods, "A Most Influential Mormon Islander: Jonathan Hawaii Napela," page 142, eVols, an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawaii community and researchers around the world, https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10524/98/1/HJH42_135-158.pdf, accessed 9 August 2020
  12. Paul Thomas Smith and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, "Lorenzo Snow," Digital Collections BYU Library, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, https://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Snow,_Lorenzo, accessed 5 August 2020
  13. Cynthia Wooley Compton, "The Making of the Ahupuaa of Laie into a Gathering Place and Plantation: The Creation of an Alternative Space to Capitalism," ScholarsArchive at Brigham Young University, 15 December 2005, https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1341&context=etd , accessed 21 July 2020
  14. The Mormon Pacific Historical Society, "Laie Gathering Place Historical Vignette," Envision La'ie, 2 July 2015 Edition, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs145/1103564828148/archive/1121539674076.html, accessed on 21 July 2020.
  15. David L. Schirer, "Iosepa," Utah History Encyclopedia, (Information was converted from a hard cover book published by University of Utah Press in 1994), https://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/i/IOSEPA.shtml#:~:text=Iosepa%20was%20established%20in,Christ%20of%20Latter%2Dday%20Saints, accessed 18 July 2020
  16. Isaiah Walker, "Abraham Kaleimahoe Fernandez: A Hawaiian Saint and Royalist, 1857-1915," ScholarsArchive at Brigham Young University, https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1217&context=mphs, accessed 17 July 2020
  17. Kenneth Mays, "Picturing history: President Josehp F. Smith - Laie Hawaii Temple," Deseret News - Church News, August 1, 2018, https://www.deseret.com/2018/8/1/20650181/picturing-history-president-joseph-f-smith-laie-hawaii-temple#the-laie-hawaii-temple, accessed 5 August 2020
  18. Wikipedia contributors, "Death and state funeral of Lili'uokalani," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_and_state_funeral_of_Lili%CA%BBuokalani, accessed on 21 July 2020.
  19. "Laie Hawaii Temple Dedicatory Prayers," Church of Jesus Christ Temples.org, https://churchofjesuschristtemples.org/laie-hawaii-temple/presidents/, accessed 21 July 2020
  20. Wikipedia contributors, "Laie Hawaii Temple," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laie_Hawaii_Temple#:~:text=LDS%20Church%20president%20Heber%20J,a%20magnet%20for%20Polynesian%20converts, accessed 18 July 2020
  21. Brad Olsen, "Genuine Gold," BYU Magazine, Fall 2005 Issue, https://magazine.byu.edu/article/genuine-gold/, accessed 16 July 2020