Rafael Monroy

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Rafael Monroy Mera (October 21, 1878 – July 15, 1915)[1] is remembered by Mormons in Mexico as a martyr of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2]

Monroy joined the LDS Church in 1913. Shortly after this, Rey L. Pratt and the other missionaries of American citizenship were forced to leave because of the Mexican Revolution. Monroy was made a branch president by Pratt.

Monroy was taken prisoner by Liberation Army of the South (Zapatistas) in 1915. When asked to show his weapons, he held up the Bible and Book of Mormon and said "These are the only weapons I carry".[3]

Monroy was executed along with fellow Latter-day Saint leader Vicente Morales in 1915.[4][5] They were slain in San Marcos, Hidalgo, largely because they would not renounce their faith.[6]

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  1. ^ Rafael Monroy at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Gomez, Fernando (November 11, 2006), "Revolution recalled in Mexico: Courageous saints near Mexico City suffered abuse, death in difficult era", Church News, retrieved 2012-12-11 
  3. ^ Hart, John L. (December 17, 1994), "Diligence brought growth in Mexico", Church News, retrieved 2012-12-11 
  4. ^ Swensen, Jason (July 10, 2004), "A million in Mexico on Aug. 1, after 128 years", Church News, retrieved 2012-12-11 
  5. ^ "Mexico milestones: Important moments of Church history in Mexico", Church News, July 10, 2004, retrieved 2012-12-11 
  6. ^ Hart, John L. (March 4, 2000), "Impact on lives begins even before completion of Hermosillo Temple", Church News, retrieved 2012-12-11 

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