A new Samoan postage stamp has been issued to commemorate the centennial of the Church in the Samoan islands.
The Apia Samoa Temple is shown on the stamp, which was designed in Great Britain. The official postal cancellation mark features a line drawing of the famous statue of the Angel Moroni.The official first-day of issue cover (June 9, 1988) appears on an envelope that includes the stamp, valued at $3 in Western Samoan currency, with a map showing the Samoan islands of Savai'i, Upolu and Tutuila. Also depicted on the cover are two quotations from the Book of Mormon: "great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea" (2 Ne. 10:21), and "to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost. . ." (Moroni 2:2.)
The Samoan mission was organized after Elder Joseph H. Dean and his wife, Florence, arrived on the island of Aunu'u, June 21, 1888. Today there are nine stakes and some 35,000 members in Western Samoa, and two stakes and 6,000 members in American Samoa.
The Apia Samoa Temple was dedicated Aug. 5, 1983, by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency.