News Release

Helping To Heal God’s Daughters in American Samoa

For almost a year, Dr Audrey Tarr, a medical missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been supporting women’s health in American Samoa.

As a missionary, Dr Tarr is also called “Sister Tarr.”


A farewell was held recently to thank her and her husband, Elder David Tarr, for their missionary service and contributions.

Elder O. Vincent Haleck, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Peggy Haleck, attended the event. Other guests included: Lt. Governor Talauega Eleasalo; Chair of the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Tropical Medical Centre Board, Dr Malouamaua Tuiolosega; Vice Chair, Dr Jean Anderson; Fonoti Jessop, LBJ Board member; and Dr Akapusi Ledua, Acting CEO of LBJ Tropical Medical Centre.

South Seas Broadcasting Inc. reported on the farewell, describing it as “teary.” Read the article here.

Dr Audrey Tarr gave a moving and inspiring account of her work educating women in churches and clinics, on matters of life and health.

She said, “It’s been my privilege to be God’s hands in helping to heal his daughters and I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion or crown to that career, than this last year.”

The Samoa News reported that Dr Tarr provided training to the local Obstetrics and Gynaecology team, had performed 22 surgeries, including cyst removals, and assisted in procedures to help prevent cancer. See the article here.

Elder Tarr arrived in Pago Pago from Oregon USA, after working for 30 years as an engineer in an aero-space company. He was kept busy assessing equipment, finding replacement parts and acquiring new equipment.

“Elder and Sister Tarr formed a fantastic bond and relationship with the people of American Samoa,” said Alamoana Fidow, Church communication specialist volunteer.

She continued, “Sister Tarr’s friendship and her smile will be missed.”

Watch a video about Dr Audrey Tarr's work as a urogynaecologist and her feelings on life and death.

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