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By Deborah Carl

Spanish-speaking Congregations in Utah Growing

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Local clergy are not surprised by the recent census data that shows an increase in Utah's Latino population. And the growth in LDS Spanish-speaking congregations in Utah shows that Mormons are not an exception.

Hernando Diaz, a priest at Salt Lake City's Sacred Heart Catholic Church, has noticed an increase in the past four years. While Catholic churches across the country are closing their doors, Diaz is adding more Spanish services to accommodate his growing congregation. "We get 600 or 700 people for each Mass, and the church is only supposed to hold 500," he said. "I'm going to have to add a third Mass to solve the problem."

There are now 35.3 million residents of the United States of Latino origin, 12.8 million were foreign born and almost half of those came to the United States in the 1990s. Utah has seen the Latino population increase 138 percent in the past 10 years. The number of Latino residents increased from 84,597 in 1990 to 201,559 in 2000.

Even though many Latinos come from Catholic countries, other religions are seeing an increase in their Spanish-speaking congregations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now has 34 wards and branches across the state where Spanish is the primary language. The Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal reports 35 Spanish-speaking evangelical congregations.

"We've got a mixture, people from [El] Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico and other countries," Lisa Martinez, a member of the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal in Kearns said. "We've got more ethnic groups and people of different races. It's not just from Mexico anymore. It's from everywhere."


VIEW FROM THE PEWS: Latino Surge No Surprise To Churches
Salt Lake Tribune 24Mar01 D1
By Joe Baird: Salt Lake Tribune


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