The Church was young in Samoa in 1962, but it had been growing for 100 years. Mormon missionaries first arrived in the Samoan islands in the 1860s.
The year 1962 was a watershed year for Samoan Latter-day Saints. The first stake of the Church in Samoa was organized in Apia on March 18 of that year. This event closely followed Samoa gaining its independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962.