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The LDS temple in Penega did not emerge completely unscathed, either. According to the LDS Church's NewZealand/Pacific website, the temple suffered some flood damage and a couple of sheets of roofing blew away. The temple will be closed except for two weddings scheduled for Saturday December 15th. It is currently being reported that all LDS members and missionaries on the island are accounted for. Local Church leaders are assessing needs and are assisting members and others with basic relief supplies. The Pacific Area Presidency has approved initial funding for immediate relief efforts. It's not the first time the Samoan Temple has been damaged; on July 9th, 2003, the temple was destroyed by fire, although the statue of the Angel Moroni survived.
Sounds like the Samoan Saints have more serious concerns than whether or not to wear pants to church.
Cyclone Evan (see track map on left) is currently moving away from the northwest coast of Samoa and heading west-southwest at around 15 kilometres an hour. Average winds close to the center are estimated to about 170 km/h with momentary gusts to about 230 km/hr. Tonga and Fiji lie in its path. It's expected to skirt the northern part of the Tonga Islands on December 16-17 local date; winds will vary from 40-60 km/h increasing to 70km/h with momentary gusts up to 100km/hr in the northern part to southeast winds 40-50 km/h throughout the remainder of Tonga. From there, its next stop will be Fiji, although the strongest impact will be in the northern part. Both Tonga and Fiji have LDS temples.