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Tribute to Agricol Lozano Herrera held in Mexico City
Abraham Menes 11Apr00 D2
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- Last Sunday, April 9, 2000 at the Industrial
Stake building, a service was held to give tribute to President
Agricol Lozano Herrera. The service was promoted by the stake
presidency and was presided by Armando Gaona of the area presidency.
The Industrial Stake was once presided over by Agricol Lozano Herrera
and was his stake during all his life except while he presided on the
Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission.
Agricol Lozano Herrera died on July 29, 1999. Many people came from
the United States to pay tribute to this remarkable man. Among others
there were Adolfo Avalos, an Area Authority Seventy, Elder Aurelio
Valdespino, Director of Public Relations, Patriarch Abraham Lozano,
from California, a cousin of Agricol Lozano, Patriarch Angel
Sandoval, from Utah and former counselor to President Lozano, on the
Mexico City Temple, Enrique Ruiz, former counselor to President
Lozano, in the second stake at Mexico, Enrique Sosa and Michael
Hayter, former missionaries of the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission,
and Daniel Taylor, who, with Agricol Lozano, was an important part of
the founding of the Church Educational System in Mexico. Thanks to
both of them, we have an important school with more than 2500
students at Mexico City. Local authorities were also there.
Agricol Lozano Herrera's family was there, and two of his children
Agricol and Itzcoatl began the tribute with their remarks. Itzcoatl
talked about the life of his father, gave a brief biography, and some
personal words on the letters he received as a missionary from his
father. Agricol Jr, talked about the works of his father, books,
essays, poems, manuals, etc. Patriarch Abraham Lozano, told about his
youth with Agricol Lozano, his mission with Agricol Lozano and his
work as a Mission president while President Lozano was a Regional
Representative of the Twelve in southeastern Mexico.
Enrique Ruiz talked about how brother Lozano sent him on a mission
and how he trained him. Enrique Sosa talked about his mission,
telling about two times brother Lozano cried, once at the death of
two sister missionaries in an accident and the other time at the
death of President Lozano's Father. Michael Hayter talked also about
the mission field, recalling some of President Lozano's classic
phrases, "Beat the sleeping", "Steal time from time" and "Steal time
from sleeping" Daniel Taylor, who arrived from the airport late, told
three anecdotes recorded in the written history of the church in
Mexico, and talked about Lozano's character and how worthy he was.
Finally President Armando Gaona spoke. I felt the Spirit during all
the service, but especially during Elder Gaona's remarks. He told us
about some feelings he felt during the previous talks. He said "I am
a disciple ofPresident Agricol Lozano's style of training . . .
meetings early in the morning at 5 o 6 A.M. are waiting for us to get
spectacular results as brother Lozano reached . . . Let Manasses be
at the same level as Ephraim . . . I have read his works . . . I can
see how the Gospel Principles can transform a man's life for his good
. . . My sure feeling is that the Gospel is the power of God . . .
The Gospel can transform men like Agricol Lozano. . . I have
discovered that from time to time the Lord sends His servants to
every nation and to every circumstance to be guiding lights,
encouraging us that are still crawling like a baby in this life. I
have the feeling that this was the case for Agricol Lozano, the
"small giant" as he was known in Argentina . . . Sister Lozano, I beg
the Lord you keep enjoying during many years the benefits brother
Lozano brought to us by the name of Christ."
It was a long service, almost three hours, but we left the building
better than before we entered, still receiving blessings from him and
now from our authorities, I hope we can work as were commanded that
night and be the leaders our country soon, second country in the
world in Temples, to be the leaders our Lord needs here to make the
Kingdom of God on earth bigger and to prepare men to wait for the
lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.