Current/Former UTAH Bees..Please HELP!

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The only time I have spent in Utah has been at ski resorts, so a very different vibe, but I grew up with a few Mormon friends and they are some of the nicest people in the world. You’re on vacation, I don’t think religion will really come up in your casual conversations with people you meet along the way, but if it does, the Mormons I’ve known are too nice and too polite to say anything mean/condescending about your lack of LDS membership!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

In Utah you will find that while there is a large LDS population, there is a significant amount of non-LDS people as well. As a whole, Mormons are a pretty respectful & friendly bunch, but like with any other group of people, you find the odd bad apple in with the good. 

If you visit the area & love it, odds are you will fit in just fine if you decide to move there. Too many people worry about religion far too much where Utah is concerned. More than anything, you’ll be trying to keep the plates of baked goods from landing on your doorstep all the time.  Also a simple “No thank you!” goes a long way if you do not want to learn about their religion. They are not likely to be offended by that. 

(From a lapsed Mormon in Canada, with a whole whack of Mormon family in Utah.)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MrsNebraska:  You totally can make friends! Just know that trying to make Sunday plans could potentially prove difficult within the LDS community members. However, there are a lot of people that are not LDS in Utah as well, so you should find a fair number of those people as well.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m Mormon, but I don’t live in Utah. Both of my brothers in law do though. They actually live in Logan. I think it’s just gorgeous there. There is SO much to do in Utah. So many outdoor activities, and the best restaurants! And shopping! Ahh. 

Anyways, haha. I am willing to bet if you live there, someone will eventually try to talk to you about their religion. Generally, most people are very understanding if you tell them you are not interested in a polite way. I personally probably wouldn’t bring it up if I met you, but I know there are many missionaries in Utah. I would say 75% of my friends are not Mormon. My brothers in law and my sister in law all have non Mormon friends out there too. I don’t think you’ll have a problme making friends! Plus, there are way more non LDS people in Utah than people realize. 

Overall, I think youll love it. Logan is so beautiful. All of Utah is beautiful. And Mormons are quite friendly overall 🙂 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsNebraska:  I have lived in utah all 27 years of my life so you can ask away. First off, Logan is HELL in the winter. It is brutal and unforgiving. But if you like snow then yay! 

Next Logan is also a college town, so its full of a younger crowd, which can have its perks… and also its downside. 

There are a lot of Mormon’s… obviously. This can be fine (I myself am NOT LDS) except it does play into a lot. I have been turned down from jobs before because I am not a member of the church…. and YES that DOES happen here. Thats not what they tell you, but believe me you will know. There will be a subtle question when noticing your wedding ring like “Oh, what temple did you get married at?” Or you will wear an outfit that obviously shows you don’t wear garments…. I don’t make that mistake anymore… LOL

That being said, there are plenty of amazing people here and NON judgemental Mormons. The sense of community is pretty great. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

They do have the Greatest Snow on Earth in Utah, allegedly!

But seriously, my daughter in law lived in SLC before marrying and settling here in England with my son last year. Her mum and dad moved up there from NM a while back. None of them are LDS.

My son has spent a lot of time in SLC and reckoned it was both fascinating and friendly with a good sense of community. Neither him nor my DIL ever felt they were treated as if they didn’t fit because they weren’t Mormons because something like 40% of the population isn’t.  Although being English, he tends to attract interest everywhere in the US (other than LA!). The only time they were directly affected by the influence of the LDS was when they were looking to rent an apartment for my DIL and her sister and several properties they saw had “no alcohol on the premises” clauses and clearly, those landlords would have preferred their tenants to be members of the church.

The Utah scenery is just awesome though and my son and DIL have done some fabulous road trips, the most recent to Zion National Park which looks amazing. He’s also a snowboarder and rates the winter sports in Utah. I’m visiting next year. Can’t wait!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsNebraska:  With the friends thing… It really depends. I have some very close Mormon friends from when I was in school. But thats a totally different ball game. There can be some very friendly Mormons, plus there are non mormons as well. However, I have noticed that the older you get the more people tend to hang around their “ward members”. Logan might be tricky.. it would probably be a bit easier if you decided on Salt Lake instead, but they are not super close.

As far as the winters go, if you survived Nebraska and South Dakota winters then Logan will be a breeze. The inversion gets bad, but I am not sure how much Logan is affected by that. Mostly it is just ugly and depressing to be in, but you can drive up one of the mountains or go to Park City to get out of it. You have to stay indoors more, so if you run you might want a treadmill or a gym membership. But if you ski you will be out of it, so no worries.

I am not sure if you have kids or if you are planning on having kids and raising them in Utah, because that would be something to talk about… PM me if you would like. I don’t want to accidentally offend anyone by giving my first hand accounts as being raised in Utah as a non Mormon. 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

MrsNebraska:  Got to say that no, he didn’t really make any lasting friendships although in fairness, he was moving quite regularly between the UK and US and had no long term plans to live in SLC. Had they decided to do things the other way round after their wedding and my son and DIL live and work in the US,  then they planned to return to Portland OR (where he does have lasting friends) or  move to Austin TX. I’m not sure that for their lifestyle, SLC would have been the city for them long term.

That said, he did find it pretty friendly and he did have a good time in SLC. Also, some neighbourhoods are definitely more Mormon than others.

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