Latino Mormons: Fastest Growing LDS Church Group

Museum of Mormon Mexican History

The year was 1964 when Mexican Mormons began migrating north and bringing their faith along with them. Now in Utah, one can visit a small museum fully dedicated to the history of Mexican Mormons.

Fernando Rogelio Gómez -- the man behind the museum which explores Mexican Mormon history -- tells of the drastic change seen in the amount of Spanish-Speaking Mormons in Utah since 1964. "It has exploded," Gomez told PRI. "There was only one small branch, but today there's probably 35, 40 units just in Utah county."

According to Fox News Latino, the number of Spanish-speaking members who have joined the Mormon church has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. And the number of Spanish-speaking congregations in the U.S. has risen to more than 760.

"More than 5 million members of our church are in Central America, South America and the Caribbean," Eric Hawkins, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman, said during a conference.

So what has brought so many Latinos to follow the Mormon faith? Ignacio García, history professor at Brigham Young University says "Latinos are drawn to Mormonism for it's tight-knit culture."

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