"Good Citizens of Our Adopted Country" : The Juárez Academy and Latter-day Saint Globalization through Education
The Worldwide Church : Mormonism as a Global Religion
BYU Religious Studies Center; Deseret Book
In this chapter, Scott Esplin focuses on the Juarez academy, the Church's oldest operating international school, established in Mexico in 1897. The academy originally served an isolationist purpose to educate Anglo-English speaking children sequestered in Northern Mexico. The account of one of these students, Anna Lowrie Ivins, a member of the school's inaugural graduating class, reflects the tensions evident in Mormonism's earliest global educational forays. Ivins' account captures the successes and challenges in expanding the church abroad. This paper will examine her experience while contextualizing it with other accounts of the school's early history in order to explore what the story of the Juarez academy reveals regarding global church expansion and international church education.