Since 1925 Mormon missionaries have proselyted in Catholic Argentina. Yet the Argentine mission has grown very slowly and encountered many difficulties. Did the missionaries' North American image affect the missionary work? Did the predominance of the Catholic Church stunt the growth of the new sect? How did the impact of bitter U.S.-Argentine international relations during the Second World War, and the advent of Peron affect the reception of Mormonism in Argentina?
These questions concerning the history of the Mormon Church in Argentina since 1940 can best be understood by considering the episodes of Argentine history which bear directly on the history of the Church in that country. Hence, this thesis will offer a broader interpretation of the official history of the Argentine mission than that written by the mission secretaries and historians. Moreover, it will concentrate on the years between 1940 and 1968, which seems the most significant era since it embraces the Church's confrontation with the Second World War, Peron, and increasing membership.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Smurthwaite, Michael B., "Socio-Political Factors Affecting the Growth of the Mormon Church in Argentina Since 1925" (1968). Theses and Dissertations. 5126.
Mormons, Argentina, Mormon Church, History, Mormon Church, Uruguay
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