The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Mexico is essentially two different and unique stories. The first is an extension of the history of the nineteenth-century colonization and expansion of the church in western North America. Starting in 1885, eventually 15 Mormon colonies of Anglo-Americans were established in northern Mexico (Chihuahua and Sonora) in response to conflicts between the US government and the Utah-based church over polygamy, economic control, and political power in the region. The second is the story of the evolution of a North American religion among Mexicans. Mormon proselyting missionaries first went to Mexico City in 1879. Though there is an occasional intersection between the stories, the two have limited historical connections.

This group of essays examines the two histories equally. Originally presented at the 2012 conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for...

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