Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Tahitian Temple’s First Sealing

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Tahiti Temple

After the Tahiti temple was constructed and dedicated, who was the first couple to be 
sealed in the temple?
a.                  The Building supervisor
b.                  The Temple President
c.                   The President of Tahiti
d.                  President Spencer W. Kimball’s daughter
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Sandwich Islands
Although laws prohibiting Hawaiian citizens from leaving their island home were not changed for some time, exceptions were made and occasionally Hawaiian church members were allowed to go to Utah. In 1873 two Hawaiian boys traveled to Utah with William King and George Nebeker when they returned in 1873 from their missionary service. Then Harvey H. Cluff, who had been recently released as mission president, and Elder J. G. Knell as they returned to Salt Lake City. A newspaper article reporting their arrival further stated:
“There is a law in the Hawaiian kingdom which prohibits the natives from emigrating to other parts of the world, but in consequence of the government [of Hawai’i] having proofs before them that the only disposition of the community of Latter-day Saints toward the people is to benefit them, exceptions are made in the cases of those desiring to come to Utah.”
Voyages of Faith-Explorations in Mormon Pacific History, Grant Underwood, (Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah: 2000), 72.

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