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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’s Magnum Opus

Bautista’s Magnum Opus

La evolución de México, 1930–1935

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The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista

Elisa Eastwood Pulido

Oxford University Press

Bautista’s magnum opus, a 564-page tome melding Aztec history with Mormon scripture, was published in 1936 in Mexico City; he titled the work La evolución de México: sus verdaderos progenitores y su origen: el destino de America y Europa (The Evolution of Mexico: Its True Progenitors and Its Origin, the Destiny of America and Europe). The chapter argues that Bautista intended to introduce Mexicans on a national level to Book of Mormon narratives that explain centuries of Mexican oppression, reimagine Mexicans as an exceptional race, and prophesy the recovery of sovereignty for indigenous Americans. The first major indigenous hermeneutic of Mormon scripture, La evolución promises divine retribution to colonizers and assures Mexicans that God waits for them to assume global leadership, to build the New Jerusalem, and to usher in Christ’s millennial reign. La evolución offers a “prophetic program” for Mexico’s political and spiritual redemption: obey God and prosper.

Keywords:   Margarito Bautista, Evolución de México, Evolution of Mexico, Book of Mormon, racial curses, Mexican exceptionalism, Lost Tribes of Israel, Mexican Israelites, indigenous empowerment, Latter-day Saints

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