As Mormons we all want to believe that as we baptize and convert more and more Hispanic Mormons they will become just like White Mormon WASPS from Utah. This just isn’t the case. Hispanics and Latinos have their own race, culture and society. First and foremost Hispanic Mormons are loyal to their own people and aren’t loyal to WASP Mormon culture.
One of the things that many Hispanic Mormons believe is they have a right to occupy all of North America because they believe that the Book of Mormon says that God ordained all of North America to the descendents of the Lamanites, i.e., themselves. Mormon Hispanics believe this and believe that they are the chosen people ordained to occupy and possess the United States. You will notice that this belief of many Hispanic Mormons perfectly dovetails with the beliefs of La Raza.
La Raza is short for La Raza Cosmica which translates to the Cosmic Race. Basically La Raza believes that Hispanics are a perfect mixture of all the races and because they are the perfect mix of races then they are the best race and have a right to occupy and re-conquer the United States. Of course this is total nonsense. When you travel in Mexico one of the things that jumps out is just how racially segregated it is. The upper class is 100% White. The middle classes are people who are mostly White and can pass for White people who have great suntans. The lower classes always have really dark skin and Native American facial features. The vast majority of the Mexicans who come to the United States come from the lower class in Mexico because basically the upper class people there are kicking out their lower class.
Many Hispanic Mormons look at the Book of Mormon as justification for the ideology of La Raza Cosmica. The dirty secret of what we’ve done in the Mormon Church is we’ve converted a huge population of people who have a different political ideology with a completely different worldview than WASP Mormons have. As long as Hispanic Mormons are willing to stay in their homelands and improve them then there isn’t a problem. However as more and more Latinos move to America and join the Mormon Church what happens next? They aren’t going to become good WASPS because they have their own culture and nation. Hispanic Mormons are going to stay Hispanic. Are we going to change Mormon culture, LDS policy and Mormon practice to accommodate them?
There is a group of Hispanics in the United States who want to live like American WASPS. About 1/3 of Hispanics voted for President Trump. About 2/3’s of Hispanics are on government assistance. From these 2 facts it is easy to see that Hispanics who aren’t on welfare want to be part of White America. Realistically, we should expect that 1/3 of Hispanic Mormons support traditional White American values and want to be like us.
As Mormons it is crucial to understand that most Hispanic Mormons have different values than we do. It’s fine that they have their own values and desires. That’s what separate nations are for. However it is insane to assume that Hispanic Mormons are going to become like the WASP Mormons in Utah just because they are members of the LDS Church.
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