PACIFIC CONFERENCE OF MORMON CHURCH ENDS IN HONOLULU

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (October 14, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---The Mormon Church has concluded its five-day Pioneers in the Pacific Conference in Hawaii.

More than 5,500 people from Hawaii, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa participated in the conference which ended Saturday.

The conference focused on the work and legacy of the first Pacific missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. The first Mormon missionaries came to the Pacific in the 1850's

Gordon Hinckley, the Church President, gave the keynote address and dedicated a statue of George Cannon, the first Mormon missionary in Hawaii, and Jonathan Nepela, a Hawaiian who translated the Book of Mormon.

After the conference, Hinckley prepared to begin a series of visits to Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti.

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