Mexico’s rich history preserved at newly dedicated records center


The 142-year-old history of the Church in Mexico is rich with heroes, martyrs, beloved leaders and legions of humble disciples who sacrificed much to help further the gospel in their homeland.

The records, journals, letters and artifacts they left behind stand as lasting symbols of their faith. They remain living testaments that can teach and inspire people today — and for generations to come.

Now Latter-day Saints in Mexico have a repository of their own to collect, preserve and share their most sacred and beloved historical treasures.

The Church’s Mexico City Record Preservation Center was recently dedicated in this sprawling capital city. Located in a multi-stake center just a few steps from the Mexico City Mexico Temple, the newly opened center is being called one of the “largest and finest” record preservation centers in the worldwide Church.

“The development of the Mexico RPC represents the next step in preserving and telling the story of the development of the Church in Mexico, a story that is full of faith and sacrifice,” said Elder Paul B. Pieper, a General Authority Seventy who presides over the Mexico Area.

“Now the Saints will have a place in Mexico to send their histories, artifacts and historical materials so that these things can be properly preserved and protected.”

The recently dedicated center, he added, is also a priceless resource for those studying and researching the history of the Church in Mexico from anywhere in the world.

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, first counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency and a native of Mexico, dedicated the Mexico City RPC. Speakers at the March 12 dedicatory event included Elder Pieper, Elder J. Devn Cornish, a General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Church History Department, and Brother Matthew Geilman…