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1959

Theses and Dissertations

Missions and World Christianity

Hawaiians

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A History Of Iosepa, The Utah Polynesian Colony, Dennis H. Atkin Jan 1959

A History Of Iosepa, The Utah Polynesian Colony, Dennis H. Atkin

Theses and Dissertations

The first missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went to Hawaii in 1850. As native converts joined the Church, many desired to gather in Utah with converts from other parts of the world, in order to perform Church ordinances in the temples located there. Until about 1870, Hawaiians were prohibited by their government from leaving the Islands permanently. As the laws were relaxed they came to Utah a few at a time with returning missionaries until by 1889 about seventy-five were living in Salt Lake City.

Cultural and social problems arose causing the Church officials to ...