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Tahitian Relief Society, 1918

“It is doubtful whether a more energetic band of workers can be found throughout the Church than the Relief Society sisters of the Tahitian Mission,” wrote Susa Young Gates in 1918. The sisters took time to weave mats and hats and other goods to raise funds. Together, they kept a “community medicine chest” and cared for the sick, bought burial clothes for the dead, tended to bereaved families, and were active in visiting teaching. They also regularly donated coconuts from their crops to the Church’s temple fund.


Susa Young Gates, “Relief Society Work in the Missions,” Relief Society Magazine, July 1918, 385–86