The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Marshall Islands
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has had a presence in the Marshall Islands since 1977, and currently claims a membership of 4,486, or approximately 7.5% of the country's population.
First missionaries, convert, and congregation
The first Mormon missionaries in the Marshall Islands were William Wardel and Steven Cooper, who arrived on 3 February 1977. Misao Lokeijak was the first person in the Marshall Islands to become a member of the LDS Church. Lokeijak was baptized in 1977, shortly after Mormon missionaries first arrived in Majuro. Lokeijak had previously been introduced to Mormonism in Hawaii.
At the end of 1977, there were 27 members of the LDS Church in the Marshall Islands. By the end of 1979, there were 177. In 1984, there were enough members to justify the construction of two meetinghouses, one in Laura and one in Rita. The meetinghouse in Laura was dedicated on 13 January 1986 and the one in Rita on 14 January. In 1987, the Majuro District (of the Micronesia Guam Mission) was organized with five constituent branches. By 1990, there were over 1000 members of the church in the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands Majuro Mission was created in 2006 and the first stake was established in Majuro in June 2009.
- "The Marshall Islands", Ensign, April 2011, p. 70.
- "New stake presidents", Church News, July 18, 2009.
- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. State Department, "International Religious Freedom Report 2008: Marshall Islands", state.gov, accessed 2008-09-26.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership statistics (South Pacific)
- Religion in the Marshall Islands
- 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) s.v. "Marshall Islands"
- Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard O. Cowan (eds.) (2000). Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book) pp. 712–713
- Joshua J. Perkey, "Sailing True in the Marshall Islands", Liahona, Apr. 2011, pp. 32–37
- New Zealand/Pacific Islands LDS Newsroom
- Church News: Country information: Marshall Islands
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Official Site (New Zealand/Pacific Islands)