My grandfather Morris Wilson would have served under President Jones. I am currently compiling a history of his mission using his mission journals and his mission photo album.
For the introduction to this history, I have been trying to find a brief description of the Spanish American mission (when it was organized, mission boundaries, mission presidents, etc. from 1941-1944). This tidbit is really helpful, I hadn’t realized this mission overlapped other English speaking mission boundaries. Thanks!
Comment by Pamela Wheeler — November 5, 2014 @ 11:30 pm
Pamela, David F. Haymore was president in 1941; he was replaced in January 1943 by Lorin Jones, who was there beyond the time your grandfather was there. The mission was organized in June 1936, when the Mexican Mission was divided between the Republic of Mexico (continuing as “the Mexican Mission”) and territories in the United States where Spanish was a common language, from Texas to California, and up into Colorado and Utah. Mission headquarters was at El Paso, Texas.
Glancing through the mission history, I see your grandfather’s name here and there. There’s a story in the Deseret News, 16 January 1943, with a picture of your grandfather and some companions standing in front of a chapel they had built at Llano, New Mexico. You probably have that picture if your have your grandfather’s album, but if not, let me know and I’ll get it for you.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 6, 2014 @ 3:12 pm