50 years ago
A report on 70 building projects in the South Pacific was given by Wendell B. Mendenhall, chairman of the Church Building Committee, upon his return from a tour on March 20, 1956.
The March 24, 1956, Church News stated: "For the past four months (Brother Mendenhall) has traveled more than 48,000 miles via plane and inspected work underway in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Aitutaki, and Hawaii, doubling back for a second visit to Australia and New Zealand. He reported that a total of 70 buildings which include a temple, chapels, schools and recreation halls are in prospect for the island saints. Many of these are already under construction and others will be erected as the initial installations are completed and more workers are recruited."
Among the projects under construction he visited were the Hamilton New Zealand Temple and the Church College of Hawaii, according to the article.