The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) (Tongan: Siasi ʻo Sīsū Kalaisi ʻo e Kau Māʻoniʻoni ʻi he Ngaahi ʻAho Kimui Ní or Siasi Māmonga) was established in Tonga in 1891. Tonga has a higher per-capita number of Mormons than any other country in the world.
The membership of the church claimed by the church is 63,065, which represents approximately 60 percent of Tonga's population. However, according to the 2011 Tongan census, 18,554 people self-identify as Mormons, making it the second-largest religion in the country. LDS Church membership statistics are different from self-reported statistics mainly because the LDS Church does not remove an individual's name from its membership rolls based on disengagement from the church.
When the first LDS Church missionaries in Tonga arrived in Tonga on July 15, 1891, Tonga was part of the church's Samoan Mission. On July 8, 1916, the Tongan Mission was organized. The mission at the time included much of the South Pacific. The mission was renamed the Tonga Mission on June 10, 1970. On July 23, 1971, the Tonga Mission was divided and the Fiji Mission was created from it. The Tonga Mission was renamed the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission on June 20, 1974.
The church's Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple was dedicated in 1983 and was rededicated in 2007.
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- Finau Fonua, "Mormons surpass Catholics in Tonga", Matangi Tonga Online, 2 October 2014.
- "Tonga: Facts and Statistics", mormonnewsroom.org.
- "Membership, Retention on the Rise", Ensign, June 2007, pp. 75–80: "Church membership growth numbers are often interpreted inaccurately, which can lead to misconceptions in the media, Brother Buckner said. Therefore, it is important to clearly understand what these numbers signify. They represent the number of Church members, but they do not represent activity rates. The Church does not remove an individual's name from its membership rolls based on inactivity."
- "Church Statistics Reflect Steady Growth". LDS Newsroom. 11 April 2007: "it is a challenge for the Church to keep track of all of its members, especially if they do not regularly attend Sunday services. The Church does not remove an individual's name from its membership rolls based on inactivity." The LDS Church removes names from membership records only by excommunication or by written request of the member.
- "Public to Tour Renovated Temple in Nuku’alofa, Tonga", Newsroom (Press release) (LDS Church), 2007-07-10, retrieved 2012-10-07
- Weaver, Sara Jane (2007-11-05), "LDS Tonga Temple rededicated", Deseret Morning News, retrieved 2012-10-07
- Harvalene K. Sekona, "Tonga: A Land Dedicated to God", Liahona, August 2014
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- "Tonga Marks LDS Centennial with Nationwide Celebrations", Ensign, November 1991: 106–07
- "Country information: Tonga", Church News, February 1, 2010
- New Zealand/Pacific Islands LDS Newsroom
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Official Site (New Zealand/Pacific Islands)