Historia de los Mormones en Argentina: Relatos de pioneros

The challenge of producing a local or regional history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside of the United States is daunting, due generally to a lack of available sources. Often one must depend on locally available conversion vignettes and biographical sketches of members and leaders. A native Argentine, Nestor Curbelo, who is a Church Educational System director, has done just that. He has compiled a commendable Spanish language history of the growth of the Church in Argentina by drawing heavily on seventy-five oral interviews obtained from critical participants and witnesses of the growth of the Church across Argentina over the past eighty years.

The author recounts several seminal events such as Parley P. Pratt’s mission to Chile in 1851 and the translation of the Book of Mormon into Spanish, which was prompted by a series of remarkable impressions and dreams experienced by Militon Gonzalez Trejo, who detoured to the Rocky Mountains in 1874 while on the way to the Philippines as an envoy to the Spanish Crown. Curbelo also explains that German Latter-day Saints were the first people to welcome Elder Melvin J. Ballard and his party to Argentina in the waning days of World War I and that most converts before 1950 were German or Italian immigrants.

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