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Mexico Veracruz Mission
(items submitted by returned missionaries and necessarily corroborated with some form of church historical documents)
The history of the Veracruz Mission really starts before it was called "The Veracruz Mission." On 27 March 1963 the Mexican Mission was split and one of the parts of that split was the south-eastern part of Mexico. The name for the new mission was The South-Eastern Mexican Mission. When church mission naming protocol changed on 10 June 1970, the name of the mission became The Mexico South-East Mission, the boundaries stayed the same.
The South-Eastern Mexican Mission encompassed 8 states and one territory of the Republic of Mexico, they were:
The states of Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán, and the territory of Quintana Roo.
When the South-Eastern Mexican Mission was created it contained 6 districts(no stakes):
In these 6 districts were the following 44 branches:
Approximate people count at the time of the formation of the mission was:
On the date of the formation of the mission (27 March 1963) seventy missionaries who had been called to the Mexican Mission were reassigned to the new South-Eastern Mexican Mission. They were:
(I know there are only 69 names on this list. The official church record states that there were70 missionaries, so I either neglected to copy one of the names or one of the names was left of that record. KDM)
The first mission office was located in the city of Veracruz at the corner of Simón Bolívar and Navegantes with the address Simón Bolívar #28. And the president's home was located only a block or so away at Navegantes #18.
In 1974 the name changed again, this time to The Mexico Veracruz Mission. And on 1 July 1975 the mission was split again. This time the area south and east of the state of Veracruz (along with the part of the state of Veracruz south of the Papaloapan River) became the new mission called The Mexico Villahermosa Mission (this mission was subsequently renamed The Mexico Merida Mission on 1 July 1978, and was later split again)
After the Villahermosa Mission was split off, the Mexico Veracruz Mission encompassed most of the state of Veracruz (excluding the part south of the Papaloapan River), most of the state of Puebla, most of the state of Oaxaca, and the state of Tlaxcala. The cities covered with missionaries were:
The Veracruz Branch of the church was formed 5 September 1956. This name was abandonded on 7 October 1962 when the branch was divided. The new branches that took the place of the Veracruz Branch were called Veracruz North and Veracruz South. On 25 October 1970 a third branch in Veracruz was organized.
The first stake in Veracruz (The Veracruz Stake) was formed 15 June 1975 and on 16 January 1977 it was split to form the Veracruz Reforma Stake
Some time later the mission split again and other missions were formed from the extra pieces…these included Tuxtla-Gutierrez, Oaxaca, and Puebla.
If anyone out there could help me with more information about the history of the Mexico Veracruz Mission, please send the information.
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