Margarito Bautista papers

Margarito Bautista papers

Dates: 1920-1999

Collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Margarito Bautista and his church La Plentitude del Reino de Dios. Includes his journals, his proselyting pamphlets, material from the third convention, material from the current La Plentitude del Reino de Dios church, pamphlets from the LDS church, journals from Alma de Olarte (his secretary), and a military handbook that was printed in 1920. Material from the current church includes meeting minutes. The people involved are from small villages and towns surrounding Mexico City. Dated 1920-1999.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
  • Creator: Bautista, Margarito, 1878-1961
  • Call Number: MSS 8426
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in Spanish with some short hand.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Margarito Bautista papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8426; Margarito Bautista papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8426, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Moroni Spencer de Olarte, great-grandson of Alma de Olarte, and Tracy Allen, daughter of John Smith, in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Moroni Spencer de Olarte and Tracy Allen; 2012.
Subject Terms
Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Civic Activism
Genre / Form
Diaries; Histories; Memoirs; Pamphlets
Processing Information
Processed; Noe Zapata, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Bautista (Margarito) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Noe Zapata
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-29T14:54-0600
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Biographical History

Margarito Bautista Valencia (1878-1961) was a Mexican Mormon fundamentalist.

Margarito Bautista was born on June 10, 1878 to a bilingual (Nahua and Spanish) peasant family in the San Miguel de Atlautla, Mexico State. In the summer of 1901 Margarito Bautista was visited by two Latter-day Saint missionaries as he lay in his bed ready to die. They gave him a blessing and shortly his health improved. After a few weeks, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In 1913 Bautista moved north to Arizona and then Utah to flee the Mexican Revolutionary War. From 1922-24, Bautista served as a Latter-day Saint missionary in central Mexico, and then returned to live in Mexico in 1935. In 1936, Bautista was a candidate for the Mexican Mission Presidency under the Third Convention (he later withdrew his name). He fell away from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and eventually the Third Convention, and organized his own congregation, The Fullness of the Kingdom of God. As the leader, he wrote many pamphlets and proselytized to gain members. The colony went through episodes of alignment with several other Mormon fundamentalist groups, but in the end kept to themselves and are building a temple. The group still exists today with over a thousand members. Margarito died at the age of 83 in 1961.

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