Puerto Rico

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Missionary work began in St. John's, Antigua, on 19 May 1984, when President Kenneth Zabriskie of the West Indies Mission visited the governor of Antigua and received permission to station missionaries on the island.

Members have been in Bahamas since 1979. Two families who were members of the Church, Larry and Marge McCombs and Albert and Karen Ballard, moved to Nassau in the summer of 1979.

Leaders of the Church have made several visits to Barbados since 1950, but it was 1978 before the first baptism of a Church member there took place.

In 1970, Joan M. Evans, who was born in the Cayman Islands, joined the Church in Miami, Florida. In 1979, her family returned to her homeland where she operated a motel. She and her family were the only known members of the Church.

In Cuba there is one branch in Havana, and two groups.

140 Total Church Membership and 1 Congregation


Among the first converts in Guadeloupe was the Claire Dinane family. Dinane came into contact with the Church because of his duties as a customs officer where he met Latter-day Saints. His family soon moved, but a nucleus of members had joined the Church through contact with Dinane.

Missionaries held the first sacrament meeting in Guyana in September 1988. Among those who attended was the Majid Abdulla family, which had been baptized previously in Canada.

Charles Fortin, a native of French Guiana, was baptized in France and returned to his homeland in 1980. Rosiette Fauvette, also baptized in France, returned to French Guiana in July 1981.

Under the direction of President Kenneth L. Zabriskie of the West Indies Mission, Elders Robert W. Hoffmaster and Leonard C. Gill arrived in Grenada in May 1985. Grenada is part of the West Indies Mission.


The first Church member in Haiti was Alexandre Mourra, who, after reading the Book of Mormon, traveled to Florida from his home to be taught and baptized by the missionaries on 30 June 1977.

The first missionary of the Church came to Jamaica in 1841, but his stay was brief. In 1853, missionaries were again sent to Jamaica. They found a great deal of antagonism and stayed only six weeks.

Latter-day Saint military servicemen began holding Church meetings in Guajataca in 1947. In January 1964, the first missionaries arrived and the first convert, a serviceman, was baptized in February.

Andre Condoris, a young man baptized in France while serving in the military, returned to his homeland in August 1980 and was the first known convert from the country.

The first Dominican members were converted while living in the United States. They returned to the Dominican Republic in 1978, and missionaries arrived the same year. In one year, more than 350 converts joined the Church

In July 1984, Elders Douglas Myers and Robert J. Mollina arrived on St. Kitts and were soon followed by Reuel and Alice Lambourn, on 20 October 1984. 

A. Clarieta Philgence joined the Church in England in July 1982 and soon returned to her homeland, St. Lucia. In August 1983, after learning about Philgence, West Indies Mission President Kenneth Zabriskie visited St. Lucia and met with Philgence and Al and Julie Nuttal.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, then of the Seventy (one of the governing bodies of the Church), visited St. Vincent in January 1980 along with President Richard L. Millett of the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission

The Jay and Shirley Bills family lived in Suriname from 1969 to 1972 and held their own Church services. Their daughter Lisa Bills was baptized at age 8 in August 1967 in a river outside Paramaribo, the first known baptism in the country.

Members have been in Trinidad and Tobago since 1977. In 1955, Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of Twelve, visited Trinidad during a Caribbean and South American tour.