Church History


    The Longest-Standing Relief Society?

    Tahiti’s French colonial government expelled missionaries in 1852, leaving local members on their own for 40 years before missionaries returned. Seeing Relief Society records from the time during the missionaries’ long absence, Susa Young Gates guessed that the Relief Society had been introduced by the early elders before 1852. Since the Relief Society had to be reorganized in Utah many years after its founding in Nauvoo, the island may have the longest-standing uninterrupted Relief Society organizations anywhere in the world.
    Susa Young Gates, “Relief Society Work in the Missions,” Relief Society Magazine, July 1918, 383