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The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista – Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961

Elisa Eastwood Pulido

Abstract

A spiritual biography, this book chronicles the journey of Margarito Bautista (1878–1961) from Mormonism to the Third Convention, a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) splinter group he fomented in 1935–1936, to Colonia Industrial/Nueva Jerusalén, a polygamist utopia Bautista founded in 1947. It argues that Bautista embraced Mormon belief in indigenous exceptionalism in 1901 and rapidly rose through the ranks of Mormon priesthood until convinced that the Mormon hierarchy was not invested in the development of native American peoples, as promoted in the Church’s canon. This realization resulted in tensio ... More

Keywords: Margarito Bautista, Mormonism in Mexico, polygamy, Mormon utopia, Mormon communalism, indigenous exceptionalism, Book of Mormon, Latter-day Saints, race and religion, ethnic studies, indigenous converts, indigenous priesthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190942106
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190942106.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisa Eastwood Pulido, author
Independent Researcher