Colonia Juarez: Commemorating 125 Years of the Mormon Colonies in Mexico

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - History - 292 pages
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Colonia Juarez, one of the two remaining Mormon Colonies in Mexico, has existed and prospered for one hundred and twenty-five years. During that time many interesting and important things have occurred which have had far reaching effects on the lives of thousands of people scattered throughout the world. These have included revolutionary upheavals, the founding and growth of the Juarez Stake Academy (Academia Juarez), the coming of the paved highway to the colony, three centennial celebrations within a period of twelve years, and two visits within two years from the Lord's Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, even Gordon B. Hinckley. His second visit was for the dedication of the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Temple. Although there are currently fewer than 200 descendents of the original colonists living in Colonia Juarez, literally thousands still refer to it as "down home." The last complete history of Colonia Juarez, written by Nelle Spilsbury Hatch, was released in 1954. The time is right for an up-date of the history of this loved community. This is especially true in light of the uncertainty which currently exists due to the brutal drug cartel-related acts committed almost daily throughout the state of Chihuahua, including the region where Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan are situated. Can the lessons of the past help us deal with the realities of today? And, what of the future?
 

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Contents

Background
3
First Settlers in Mexico
9
Acquisition of Land
13
BOOK II
19
The Move
21
Beginning Again
25
Education
29
Industrialization
33
Let the Party Begin
127
BOOK VII
137
Division of Stake
139
Stake Centennial Celebration
141
Academy Centennial
143
Our Alma Mater Hail to Thee
145
Academy Centennial Celebration
153
President Gordon B Hinckley
157

Revolution
37
BOOK III
45
Women and Children
47
Exodus of the Men
51
Longing for Home
53
Pancho Villa
57
The Punitive Expedition and its Aftermath
65
RECOVERY
71
Rejuvenation
73
Continuing Recovery
77
BOOKV Growth and Prosperity
81
Progess Continues
83
Building Projects
95
Tragedy Amidst Prosperity
103
Fruit Association
109
Elementary School Closing
113
BOOK VI
117
Introduction
119
Year Long Celebration
123
Centennial Week
125
BOOK IX
179
Prelude
181
The Announcement
185
Site Selection
189
The Groundbreaking
191
Construction
193
Calling and Training of Temple President
199
Open House
201
Cornerstone Sealing Ceremony
205
Dedication
207
Temple Operation Begins
211
Ten Years Later
213
A Name and a Standing
215
BOOKX THE PRESENT
217
By Their Fruits
219
Colonia Juarez Today
221
Conclusion
225
Leaders with Colony Ties
231
Stake Presidencies
245
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