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    Tonga Click here for the Pacific Newsroom

    68,305

    Total Church Membership

    64.62% 1-in-2

    Population vs. Church Members

    21

    Stakes

    1010

    175

    Congregations

    140 Wards
    35 Branches

    21

    Family History Centers

    21

    1

    Temples

    2

    Missions | 2 Districts

    History

    On July 15, 1891, Brigham Smoot and Alva Butler, the first Latter-day Saint missionaries in Tonga, arrived in Nuku‘alofa. News of their arrival spread quickly, and the following day they found audience with King George Tupou I. The king graciously listened as the missionaries’ translator read the Articles of Faith in Tongan. Despite having recently created the Free Church of Tonga, the king granted the missionaries permission to preach in the country. With little success, however, the mission closed in 1897, having baptized fewer than 15 people.

    Ten years later, missionaries organized a school in Neiafu, where one member lived, and began preaching throughout the islands. In the century since then, the Church has organized dozens of schools throughout Tonga. Today, seven of those schools (five middle schools and two high schools) continue to operate. Generations of Latter-day Saints have shared both skills from their education and the message of the restored gospel in their communities, and many thousands of Tongans have joined the Church. Today, more than half the population of Tonga are members of the Church.

    Saints in Tonga have shown exceptional faith and diligence in living the gospel, exemplifying the scriptural call to “cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; … to see the salvation of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 123:17). The history of the Church in Tonga is filled with faithful members who have trusted in God, accepted His commands, and worked faithfully to build the Church in their homeland.

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    Africa

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    736,701

    Members

    2,476

    Congregations

    Missions

    39Missions

    Family History Centers

    343

    Temples

    5Temples

    Asia

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    1,259,094

    Members

    2,110

    Congregations

    Missions

    45Missions

    Family History Centers

    363

    Temples

    8Temples

    Europe

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    500,239

    Members

    1,350

    Congregations

    Missions

    34Missions

    Family History Centers

    658

    Temples

    14Temples

    North America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    9,489,479

    Members

    18,476

    Congregations

    Missions

    174Missions

    Family History Centers

    2,621

    Temples

    112Temples

    Oceania (Pacific)

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    587,462

    Members

    1,301

    Congregations

    Missions

    18Missions

    Family History Centers

    314

    Temples

    10Temples

    South America

    Total Church Membership

    Members
    Congregations

    4,232,425

    Members

    5,602

    Congregations

    Missions

    97Missions

    Family History Centers

    1,106

    Temples

    21Temples