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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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“Blossom as the Rose”

“Blossom as the Rose”

Exploring a Politics of Worthiness for Millennial Latina/o Latter Day Saints

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Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Sujey Vega

NYU Press

According to the Church management information center, by September 2020 English-dominant Mormon membership is estimated to drop below 50 percent, and Spanish-speaking members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) will outnumber Anglo membership. As the Church nears this landmark moment, one must reflect on how Latinx Saints maneuver faith, immigration, and belonging. To understand the contemporary experience of Latina/o members of the LDS Church, one must account for the role millennial Latina/o/x members navigate American nationalism embedded in the faith. Exploring the narratives of Latinx LDS millennials, this chapter accounts for the way this next generation of bilingual members merged religious doctrine with digital activism to address immigration politics in the twenty-first century. Looking at digital activism and individual interviews, this analysis includes how Latina/o/x millennials worked within and beyond the Church politics to assert the right to belong.

Keywords:   Latinx millennials, digital activism, religion, immigration, Latino identity

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