Mission group still together after 50 years

While many missionary groups enthusiastically hold reunions for a few years and then lose interest, one group is still meeting regularly after 50 years.

These Mormon missionaries served under President Harold I. Bowman in the Spanish-American Mission between 1953 and 1958.

This mission was formed in 1936 to serve the Spanish-speaking people of the Southwestern United States.

Missionaries called it the only "foreign" mission within the United States.

Before there was a Missionary Training Center, missionaries served an additional six months to learn the language -- elders for 2 1/2 years and sisters for two years.

The mission originally covered a huge area, including the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico Colorado and Texas. In 1950, three years before President Bowman's arrival, the LDS mission's territory was reduced to include only Texas and New Mexico.

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