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Intersectional hermanas: LDS Latinas navigate faith, leadership and sisterhood

  • Sujey VegaEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

Latinas in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) engage their faith and lived realities through a complicated intersection of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, aging, and class. Utilizing oral history, ethnographic interviews, and participant observation, the following analysis explores how LDS Latinas reflected on their experiences in faith, gained leadership skills, and benefited from a gendered ethno-religious social network. These narratives explore secular skills and emotional bonds (hermandad) through an intersectional framework. Additionally, this piece brings attention to the aging process for LDS Latinas and how female church-based networks improved their quality of life. This piece speaks to the resiliency of LDS Latinas, marginalized by multiple intersections of power within their church and society, as they seek solace, deep friendship, and strength, and gain tremendous skills in their network of hermandad (sisterhood).

Keywords

Latina Religion Social networks Mormon Comadrazgo Aging 

Hermanas interseccionales: Las latinas de LDS navegan por la fe, el liderazgo y la solidaridad femenina

Resúmen

Las Latinas de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días (LDS, por sus siglas en inglés) practican su fe y viven sus realidades a través de una compleja intersección de religión, raza, género, etnicidad, estatus migratorio, envejecimiento y clase. Partiendo de la historia oral, entrevistas etnográficas y observaciones de las participantes, este análisis explora cómo las latinas de la iglesia LDS reflexionaban sobre sus experiencias en la fe, adquirían destrezas de liderazgo y se beneficiaban de una red social etnorreligiosa basada en género. Estas narrativas exploran las habilidades seculares y los vínculos emocionales de hermandad en un marco teórico interseccional. Además, el trabajo subraya el proceso de envejecimiento de las latinas de LDS y cómo las redes femeninas con base en la iglesia mejoraron su calidad de vida. La pieza resalta la resiliencia de las latinas de LDS, marginalizadas por múltiples intersecciones de poder dentro de su iglesia y sociedad, mientras acuden a su red de hermandad, donde buscan consuelo, amistades sólidas y fuerza y adquieren habilidades extraordinarias.

Palabras clave

Latina religión redes sociales mormón comadrazgo envejecimiento 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Special appreciation to all the mujeres who have taken the time to explain their faith and sisterhood to me.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeAZUSA

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