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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 Tongan Mission

The Tongan Mission

(p.187) Chapter Nine The Tongan Mission
Pacific Apostle

David O. McKay

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

After touring the Samoan Mission, McKay and Cannon briefly separated. While Cannon sailed to New Zealand to secure their future travel itinerary and steamship tickets, McKay headed to neighboring Tonga alone. Fearing a measles outbreak, McKay and his fellow passengers were forced to endure two weeks of quarantine on a remote islet near Nukualofa at the behest of the local government. McKay’s long, hot days were enlivened by exploring coral beds, reading Shakespeare, and holding religious services. When the confinement ended, McKay visited the islands of Tongatapu, Vavau, and Haapai to inspect church plantations, schools, and the mission home. His interisland voyages were often conducted on subpar boats, piloted by less-than-sober captains in perilous weather. At the end of his tour, McKay boarded a steamer for New Zealand.

Keywords:   Tonga, quarantine, measles, Nukualofa, ocean travel, Tongatapu, Vavau, Haapai, mission, missionaries, missiology

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