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I heard Mormonism is a quickly spreading religion down in ye olde Mexico. What is it about this religion that a lot of Mexicans find so fascinating?
— Jack Mormón


Dear Gabacho: Historically? Mexico has long had the second-largest community of Mormons in the world after the United States — official LDS figures estimate 1.2 million members live in Mexico, a significant increase from the 783,000 estimated in 1999. This community has existed for almost 135 years, created after polygamous Mormons who wanted to keep their multiple wives moved down south because, hey, anything goes down Mexico way, right? Sociologically? Mormons are masters of proselytizing — the increase in numbers "shows that a church group can produce a short-term phenomenal growth rate by committing resources to missionary activity," according to professor James W. Dow in his 2003 scholarly paper "The Growth of Protestant Religions In Mexico and Central America." Theologically? My understanding of Mormonism is that it places an emphasis on the family, encourages couples to have as many children as possible, stresses the dominion of the husband over the family, and hates homosexuals. If those attributes aren't appealing to Mexicans, then I'm Moroni himself.

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