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Tahitian Sisters in Sunday School, 1915

When Ernest and Venus Rossiter arrived in Tahiti in 1915 to lead and care for the mission there, they attended a Sunday School class with nine students. Though the class was small, Venus was immediately impressed with the three sisters who came and sat on the front row “with their faces all aglow and their heads stretched forward ready to drink in every word that was spoken.” She was further impressed to find that, as part of the lesson, each had memorized an entire chapter from the Bible and could recite the words “without a falter” and that whenever the teacher started to quote a passage, the women could finish it from memory. “They certainly do know the scripture,” she wrote.

Venus R. Rossiter journal, Mar. 14, 1915, Church History Library, Salt Lake City