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The Mita Congregation (Spanish: Congregación Mita) is a Christian denomination with headquarters in Puerto Rico. The congregation has chapters in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain and the Dominican Republic. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Mita Congregation opened a new house of worship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a seating capacity of 6,500.
The Mita Congregation was formed when Mita said that God had chosen her to found a church.
Mitas, as her followers are called, believe that Juanita García Peraza was chosen by God and that she became the living incarnation of the Holy Spirit in its third manifestation. First, as the omnipotent father in Jehovah, then in his beloved son Jesus Christ and in its third manifestation with a new name revealed Mita, name of the Holy Spirit of God.
According to their beliefs, the Holy Spirit once acted through Mita and anointed Teófilo Vargas Seín (October 23, 1921 - January 18, 2021) as the first prophet of God in what they call the new manifestation of God, the third manifestation, the Holy Trinity, the father, son and the Holy Spirit. According to the church, Vargas was renamed Aarón and before Peraza died in 1970, she called Aarón and told him to take care of his church and he was the spiritual leader of the Mita Congregation until he lost his battle to extensive cardiovascular conditions, passing away on January 18, 2021, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The congregation was formed in Arecibo in 1940, but in 1947 the church was relocated to Hato Rey.
The doctrine of the church is based on the original Reina-Valera Spanish translation of the Bible. They are trinitarian, believing in Jehovah, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (Mita), who they believe "is on earth, that His new name is Mita and that, through Aarón, He guides His Church and guides it through truth and justice towards salvation". Aarón is considered God's prophet for today, and through him God's message of cleansing, freedom from sin, and unity is brought to the world. "Mita en Aarón" (Mita in Aaron) is a slogan of the Mita Congregation.
A man named Samuel Beníquez claimed to be the son of Aaron (Teofilo Vargas Sein). Aaron denied Samuel's claim but refused a DNA examination or a paternity test. After a legal battle the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico determined that Aaron would have to undergo a paternity test. On March 11, 2013 at 7:50am, Aaron did the DNA test. Its results would be presented on April 4, 2013 in the San Juan Court by the judge Arlene Sellés. After ten years of legal wrangling, the DNA laboratory results reflected a 99.99% probability that Aarón is Samuel Beníquez Méndez's biological father. Beníquez Méndez, at the age of 41 years, celebrated knowing who his father was and that his mother had been vindicated.
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