Samoan Mission

    Founded 1888

    Mission Summary

    Samuela Manoa and Kimo Pelio were the first missionaries sent to Samoa from Hawaii by Walter Murray Gibson. They served for almost fifteen years, until Pelio's death, when Manoa wrote to Hawaii for help. Joseph and Flora Dean were sent to assist them and in 1888 and the Samoan Mission was officially organized.

    Mission Details


    Samoan Mission history, 1863-1966, Church History Library.

    Chronological history of the mission containing information about missionaries, members, and units, compiled from mission reports, journals, news articles, and other documents.

    Samoan Mission missionary list, 1888-1924, Church History Library.

    Contains names of missionaries, their Samoan names, residences they were called from, as well as their arrival and departure dates in the mission.

    List of white missionaries who have served in the Samoan Mission, 1888-1947, Church History Library.

    Contains names of missionaries who served in Samoa from 1888 to 1947. Includes their year of birth, dates of arrival and departure, and Samoan name.

    Reid L. Neilson, Scott D. Marianno, "'The Little Head Stones Became Monuments': Death in the Early Samoan Mission and the Creation of the Fagali'i Cemetery," BYU Studies 56, no. 1 (2017): 45-73.