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Haiti: Chronology
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Haiti: Chronology

June 30, 1977 • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Alexandre Mourra of Port-au-Prince was baptized while visiting the United States.

July 2, 1978 • Hatte-Marré, Haiti

Twenty-two people who had been taught by Alexandre Mourra became the first converts to be baptized in Haiti.

March 30, 1980 • Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The first branch in Haiti, the Petionville Branch, was organized near Port-au-Prince, with Alexandre Mourra as president.

November 23, 1980 • Port-au-Prince

At the first conference of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Branch, Rolande Sylvain was sustained as president of the Relief Society.

May–June 1980 • Haiti

Four missionaries—Charles Wayne Bradshaw, Richard Dean Graham, Arthur Terrell, and Von Hawks—were transferred from the France Paris Mission to Haiti.

August 1980 • Haiti

With the help of Church members J. Frederick Templeman and Alexandre Mourra, the Church received official recognition from the government of Haiti.

August 30, 1981 • Provo, Utah

Fritzner Joseph became the first full-time missionary called from Haiti.

December 19, 1982 • Port-au-Prince

The Haiti District was organized with Ludner E. Armand as president.

April 17, 1983 • Port-au-Prince

Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Haiti for the preaching of the gospel.

1983 • Cap-Haïtien, Gonaïves, and Saint-Marc, Haiti

By the end of September, the first three branches outside of the Port-au-Prince area had been organized.

October 1983 • Port-au-Prince

The government of Haiti requested help from the mission president to organize Haiti’s vital records. Senior missionaries helped train students in records management.

November 29, 1983 • Salt Lake City, Utah

Selections from the Book of Mormon were published in Haitian Creole. The complete translation was published in 1999.

August 4, 1984 • Port-au-Prince

The Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission was organized.

1985 • Haiti

Church membership surpassed 1,000.

1988 • Haiti

The seminary and institute program was introduced in Haiti.

October 1991 • Haiti

Following a military coup, the Church withdrew foreign missionaries from Haiti. Fritzner and Gina Joseph presided over the mission until foreign missionaries returned in July 1996.

July 1997 • Port-au-Prince

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pioneers’ entry into the Salt Lake Valley, over 300 Church members participated in a service project. They mowed, swept, cleaned up, and beautified Champ de Mars, the plaza in front of the National Palace.

September 21, 1997 • Port-au-Prince

The Port-au-Prince Haiti Stake, the first stake in Haiti, was organized with Reynolds Antoine Saint-Louis as president.

April 4, 1998 • Haiti

Haitian Saints were able to watch a live broadcast of general conference for the first time.

September 17, 2000 • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple was dedicated, making temple ordinances more accessible for Haitian Saints. Paul Henry and Wildermina Jean-Baptiste of Haiti were the first Haitian couple sealed in the new temple.

2001 • Haiti

For the first time, all Church units were headed by local members rather than missionaries.

September 7, 2003 • Port-au-Prince

The Port-au-Prince North Stake was organized, with Gheuthewannha Ghammald Francillon as president.

July 2007 • Salt Lake City

The Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price were published in Haitian Creole.

September–October 2008 • Gonaïves

After tropical storms battered Gonaïves, Church members and missionaries offered humanitarian assistance through large-scale work projects. The Church’s Humanitarian Emergency Response office sent hygiene kits, plastic for roof repairs, tools, generators, tents, and food.

January 12, 2010 • Haiti

Church members worked to support each other in the wake of the massive earthquake and aftershocks that devastated Haiti. Church meetinghouses were used as shelters, Church members helped distribute Church-issued relief supplies, and a Church team of doctors, nurses, and counselors helped care for victims.

April 3, 2010 • Salt Lake City

Fouchard Pierre-Nau of Port-au-Prince was called as an Area Seventy.

December 2010 • Haiti

In response to a cholera outbreak, the Church sent shipments of tents, large water filtration units, rehydration salts, and hygiene supplies.

January 2011 • Haiti

A year after the devastating earthquake, the Church continued its recovery aid efforts, including job skills training and placement for people economically affected by the earthquake.

September 9, 2012 • Carrefour, Haiti

The Carrefour Haiti Stake was organized, with Gerzino Milord as president.

September 16, 2012 • Port-au-Prince

The Croix-des-Missions Haiti Stake was organized, with Harold Jules as president.

October 2012 • Jacmel, Haiti

Volunteers from the Jacmel Branch mobilized as part of the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

2012 • Port-au-Prince

The Church constructed a bishops’ storehouse, stocked with basic food items and household items, to supply transitional aid to Church members in need.

February 12, 2013 • Haiti

Saints in Haiti celebrated the 30th anniversary of the dedication of their country for the preaching of the gospel. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined the celebrations, addressing members in French as part of his visit.

May 2013 • Haiti

Members of the Church organized a country-wide tree planting project, planting an estimated 400,000 trees.

2014 • Haiti

Church membership surpassed 20,000.

April 5, 2015 • Salt Lake City

Church President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Port-au-Prince.

October 28, 2017 • Port-au-Prince

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

August 27, 2018 • Salt Lake City

Fritzner Andre Joseph and Marie-Gina Michel Joseph were called to serve as the first president and matron of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

September 1, 2019 • Port-au-Prince

The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple was dedicated.