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Pacific ApostleThe 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions$
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David O. McKay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042850

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042850.001.0001

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The Samoan Mission

The Samoan Mission

(p.136) Chapter Eight The Samoan Mission
Pacific Apostle

David O. McKay

, Reid L. Neilson, Carson V. Teuscher
University of Illinois Press

McKay arrived in Samoa on May 10, 1921 and spent time on all three principal islands—Savai’i, Upolu, and Tutuila. During his visit, he toured plantations, humble meetinghouses, and two of the church’s schools in Misusage and Sauniatu. McKay and Cannon were repeatedly feted as honored guests by local tribal chiefs at cultural celebrations, concerts, and dances; received ornate handmade gifts; and were well fed by local church members. Bidding the Saints farewell to the islanders was never an easy task; one memorable experience unfolded at Sauniatu, when McKay felt impressed to turn back to a group of church members and give them his apostolic blessing. In memory of his act, the local saints erected a concrete obelisk. For decades thereafter, May 31 was referred to and celebrated as “McKay Day.”

Keywords:   Samoa, Savai<‘>i, Upolu, Tutuila, LDS, Latter-day Saints, Mormon, Mormonism, missionary, missionaries

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