Country Profile

Trinidad and Tobago

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. He said: "In Trinidad, which is in the British orbit, we found a member of the Church serving as one of the secretaries of the consulate."

Elizabeth Anne Rogers, a Trinidadian by birth, married a member of the Church, Emil Paul Dopson, in England, in 1974. She was baptized two months later. In 1976, the Dopson family moved back to Trinidad. Liz Dopson wrote a letter to President Spencer W. Kimball, requesting that full-time missionaries be sent to Trinidad. The Trinidad government allowed missionaries to enter the country. The first sacrament meeting (worship service) was held in November 1976. Among the first converts in Trinidad were Lucy Josephine Payne and Blasil D. and Felicia Borde, baptized in 1977.

A branch (a small congregation) in Port of Spain was organized 5 June 1980, under the Venezuela Caracas Mission. The area was transferred to the West Indies Mission in September 1983.

The Trinidad Tobago Mission was created 1 July 1991, but discontinued in 1994. That year the West Indies Mission headquarters was moved from Barbados to Trinidad.

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Taramatie Kotiah
National Director of Public Affairs
Phone: +1 (868) 487-2227
Address: PO Bag 543, Valsayn, Trinidad and Tobago

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