Fifty Years of United Order in Mexico

Sunstone 20.3 (October): 69

1 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2015

Date Written: 1997


The history of Mormonism in Mexico reached a new landmark early in 1997 when Colonia Industrial, a United Order community founded by Margarito Bautista Valencia, achieved, its fiftieth successful year. Second, third, and fourth generations of Mexican Mormons in Colonia Industrial celebrated through sermons and activities that remind them of their legacy. Colonia Industrial, a small, unimposing, exclusive colony of Mexican Mormons, lies in the municipio of Ozumba at the base of Popocatepetl, an active volcano in the central valley of Mexico. While the growth of the LDS church in Mexico (claimed 720,000 members in 1995) dwarfs the small offshoot in Colonia Industrial, these Mexican Mormons' tenacious adherence to the socioeconomic principles of the United Order and plural marriage is a tribute to the testimony and fervor of their founder, Margarito Bautista Valencia.

Keywords: Mormon, Mexico, Ethnography, Socioeconomic, Polygyny, Socialism

JEL Classification: Z10

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Thomas, Fifty Years of United Order in Mexico (1997). Sunstone 20.3 (October): 69, Available at SSRN:

Thomas Murphy (Contact Author)

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