News Release

Church Marks Growth in French Polynesia

Latter-day Saints and friends celebrate organization of new stake in Tahiti

The tenth stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia was organized on 29 April 2018. A stake is a group of congregations in a geographical region.

The newly created Bora Bora Tahiti Stake includes the islands of Bora Bora, Tahaa and Maupiti. It was organized to accommodate growing numbers of members in the area. Currently, membership in the Bora Bora Stake exceeds 1,900 members.


Presiding at the conference where the new stake was announced was Elder O. Vincent Haleck, Pacific Area president. Elder Glenn Burgess, Area Seventy, also participated.

Moana M. Teriipaia was called to be the new stake president with Taaroa T. Tapea as first counsellor and Josuah J. Tiori as second counsellor.

While speaking at the conference Elder Haleck encouraged the members of the newly formed stake to support their new Church leaders. “This stake is blessed to have excellent leaders,” he said, “but they cannot do the work alone.”

He continued, “They are the hands of the Lord on the earth and they will bless the people who live in these three islands.”

Mayor of Bora Bora, Gaston Tong Sang, and other local guests also attended the stake conference.


On Friday evening, 27 April, a short cultural event was held to welcome Elders Haleck and Burgess along with Mayor Gaston Tong Sang and other guests.

Because of the numbers wanting to attend the conference and cultural event, the meetings were held at the Tu VaVau Square.

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