Mormonism and Revolution in Latin America

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In this BYU Forum address from 1975, F. LaMond Tullis discusses some of the challenges for becoming a worldwide church, using Latin America as a frame of reference. In the mid-20th century, many Latin American countries had gone through a period of rapid social and economic change. Western medicine had increased life expectancies, education had increased literacy rates, modern technology and communications had extended to non-urban areas. This process of rapid change led to dissatisfaction of subsistence living among the poor and demonstrations and unrest as the landowners and politicians resisted any alteration of the established social orders. Frequently, the attempts that many Latin American Mormons made to achieve dignity and integrity at home brought them into direct conflict with international politics of the United States.

The author suggests five ways that Latter-day Saints can support the growth of a church worldwide, in spirit as well as in organization. First, become acquainted with Mormons from other lands and learn something about their societies and cultures. Second, if you receive a mission call, know that you must acquire the spiritual conviction and integrity that preaching the gospel requires. Third make a clear distinction between our cultural and other preferences and the gospel of Christ. Fourth, strive to be openhearted, understanding and devoid of prejudice incompatible with the gospel. Finally, extend yourselves to help build a bridge between the temporal world and spiritual self.

 

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