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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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Bautista Embraces Mormonism, 1901–1910

Bautista Embraces Mormonism, 1901–1910

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(p.44) 3 Bautista Embraces Mormonism, 1901–1910
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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/9780190942106.003.0004

This chapter examines Margarito Bautista’s 1901 conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central Mexico and his subsequent residency in the polygamous Mormon Colonies in northern Mexico from 1903 to 1910. It argues that in the first decade after his conversion, Bautista’s mirroring of Euro-American Mormon missionaries transformed him into a potent, if unpaid evangelizer and impressed upon him the idea that the development of Mexico and Mexicans was a religious duty that required self-sacrifice, community building, and the strict observance of difficult practices, i.e. polygamy. After his conversion, Bautista quickly rose through the ranks of the Mormon priesthood and began evangelizing other Mexicans, first on Mexico’s Central Plateau and later in the state of Chihuahua, where he witnessed first-hand the Mormon practice of gathering into homogenous communities, the practice of polygamy, and the ability of Mormon colonists to tame the wilderness.

Keywords:   Margarito Bautista, Porfiriato and Mormons, Latter-day Saints, Mormonism in Mexico, Mormon Colonies, polygamy, Mexican Revolution, Ammon Tenney, Lamanites, Book of Mormon

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