1930 Fraud Against an LDS Southwestern Mission

In 1930, when this episode took place, the term “Mexican Mission” included Mexico and also Spanish-speakers in the United States. Political conditions necessitated that mission headquarters be in the United States, and those headquarters had recently been moved from El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles, California. The president was Rey L. Pratt, who had already served for years as president of the Mexican Mission, both in Mexico and “in exile.”

With his broad responsibilities for all things Mexican and Spanish-speaking, President Pratt assisted a group of Spanish-speaking Saints in Mesa, Arizona. Those Saints had worked hard to raise the funds to build their chapel, and in 1930 everything was coming together for them.

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