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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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North of the U.S.-Mexico Border

North of the U.S.-Mexico Border

From Refugee to Pilgrim to Mexican Cultural Nationalist, 1910–1922

(p.62) 4 North of the U.S.-Mexico Border
The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista

Elisa Eastwood Pulido

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Bautista’s U.S. residency (1910 to 1922) and its influence on his spiritual trajectory. It argues that during his first twelve years in the United States, Bautista experienced a decade of unprecedented personal growth and opportunity, which probably led him to expect a lifetime of increasing responsibility as a Mexican member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bautista crossed the border a month before the Mexican Revolution began. He settled first in Mesa, Arizona, but moved to Utah in 1913 where he helped found the first Spanish-speaking branch of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. Though initially a gardener on Temple Square, Bautista became president of his congregation and the Lamanite Genealogical Society, mastered temple rituals and Mormon doctrine, published an article, and spoke to audiences about his experiences as a Mexican Mormon.

Keywords:   Margarito Bautista, Mexican Revolution, Mexican refugees, Mexican immigrants, Salt Lake City, mutualistas, Lamanite Genealogical Society, Mormon missionaries, Latter-day Saints, Local Mexican Mission

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