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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY
13 lhat forms the back-bone of the island. On the high ground close under the hills are conspicuously situated the church, school house and the elder's home, ot pretty modern archi tecture. Below on the lower slopes reaching to the sen are llie numerous houses of the natives who make their homes at the mission and by the road is the ever-present Chinese stoie. Within the settlement and spreading over rising hill sides, in the back ground, are extensive fields of sugar cane lh.it, at this time ot the year, are in flower, and in the bright sunlight spread a silvery sheen over the hillsides. To the left the low and marshy lands are devoted to rice culture. The native village gathered around the mission comprises about 300 inhabitants. In addition to this there are about 150 people of other nationalities, mostly Chinamen, who cultivate the rice fields. The school, which is maintained by the mission, has eighty native children enrolled. English is taught exclusively, although the Hawaiian language is used by the teachers as an aid in explaining ideas that are too complex to be elucidated in the limited knowledge of English possessed by the younger pupils. Services are held every Sunday at the church, with preaching in the na tive language by the elder All natives, whether converts to the faith or not. are in vited to come to the settlement and make it their home. The heads of families are furnished a piece of land for building site and garden. If he signifies his intention of making it his permanent home there, the mission advances him enough money to build a house, and he is furnished work in the cane field at good wages out of which he is enabled to return the advances made on the instalment plan. By this method the people are held together and are not only brought4,under constant religious influences, but furnished steady h or for the cine fields, thus learning habits of industry. Kalo land is furnished each family at a nominal rental, so 'rat each family has an opportunity of growing its own 1 od. thus giving the head of the family an opportunity of saving the wages earned as the fruits of his labor in the cane fields. All the work done is by free labor and, on this system, the colonization plan has proved an entire success. The Latter Day Saints have churches and missions in every city, town and village in the islands, with a following of 6000 Ilawaiians. These missions are supported mainly by the central church in Utah. There are also missions in New Zealand with a following of 7000. This is the largest mission in the Pacific. They also have missions at Samoa and Tahiti, with a following of 5000 each, as well as in Tonga, the Fijis and Gilbert Islands. The parent church in Utah seems, to be a great mis sionary organization, and every Mormon a member of a vast army of the church-militant to do battle against pagan ism and ignorance. Every man, whatever may be his call ing, must be prepared when called upon to go to any part of the world and serve at least three years in missionary work. He is supposed to pay his own expenses to the place he is assigned and to serve without pay, receiving only transportation back to Utah when recalled. This duty falls mostly upon the young men who are anxious to go out, as the experience is an education, and broadens the mind. There are 2300 missionaries enrolled, and missionaries are maintained throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, all through Europe, in Palestine and Greenland, besides in the Pacific. The settlement at Laie was started as an experiment to test the practical and industrial side of mission work, to see whether missions could be established that would prove self supporting. The experiment has proved in every way a complete success and, indeed, the methods employed are well worthy the attention of other missionary societies. If education, industrial training and religious teaching can be made to go hand in hand, much that is now impractical in missionary work is done away with, and the work of Chris tianizing and civilizing the benighted peoples of the world .. . " ?5f-tTiS ft -'i t!8S&3K"Li r-xft? !,? Fi'tr?lWKf JJgBC!m?MfciiiPiE?ff Ji n.V r 1 urn 1 ii 1 ibb 1 11111 m 11 1 1 1 i 1 1 . :;-j&T&rbs.TFBammrtzwima r.r.i'uro'i Ttwx.irii.iWTBMi.Ki'Kr'n njtiJWtT wt.-i. .-'. i ,-- i-,w t i ,.. d--5in'-.7T .iwivyLWi.ji mmmmmmmL mwimmmm EM&&&mm&mmmimmammzm&m; yt ,-. -vit' prrimibhbkbm ftVlV3fcfi&k1& f I WWII ITiTlMM tfflfesaMmBmammmmsmafr ;wsmmimmms& ...,. U.MM -r,, -, T..fc.M - ,--,,- . .... Mormon Church Group. l'lioto by llanna.