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The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito BautistaMexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961$
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Elisa Eastwood Pulido

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190942106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190942106.001.0001

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The Mormons in Mexico, 1875–1901

The Mormons in Mexico, 1875–1901

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(p.26) 2 The Mormons in Mexico, 1875–1901
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The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista
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Elisa Eastwood Pulido

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190942106.003.0003

This chapter summarizes the origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico, from the 1875 journey of the first missionaries to Mexico to the 1887 establishment of polygamous Mormon Colonies in the northern Mexican wilderness. The chapter argues that early converts to Mormonism in Mexico were attracted first to etiological narratives from Mormon scripture expounding on the chosen-ness of indigenous Americans and second to Mormon communalism. Early converts included Plotino Rhodakanaty, the father of Mexican anarchism, who sought to build a colony in collaboration with the Mormon Church. His aversion to hierarchical control soon separated him from Mormonism. Agrarian peasants from villages on Mexico’s Central Plateau found Mormon narratives regarding Mexico’s prophetic past and future compelling. In 1887, the Mormon Church turned its attention from proselytizing in order to build colonies in Mexico as safe havens for polygamists fleeing federal prosecution in the United States.

Keywords:   Mormonism in Mexico, Book of Mormon, indigenous religion, religious racial narratives, Plotino Rhodakanaty, Mexican anarchy, Mormon Colonies, indigenous converts, indigenous identity, polygamy

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