Mormon History Association conference notes Mormon relations with tourists

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  • Amazed at your logic Lehi, UT
    May 30, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    Unfortunatly There is a difference. I was born and raised in SLC. Then married and moved Southern Oregon. I was amazed at the difference. After 20 years we moved back. In my oppinion the differece is outside the state our nieghbors are all different faiths, here most of our nieghbors are LDS. So we learn to treat others with different habbits and beliefs with respect and have the opportunity to actully be friends with them and not judge them and their actions.

  • MrsDownhomeAmerica Los Angeles, CA
    May 29, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    From a well-traveled, moderately well-educated Mormon, who has also done my time in Utah. Utah is what it is. Decades of immigration from Northern Europe, where there is one right way to do everything, and federal marshals everywhere, stirring up trouble at every turn, making my people a bit Xenophobic. What I don't get is the rampant materialism I don't see permeating the rest of the church, and in spite of hundreds of years of preaching against it. I have scratched my head in vain over this one. Summus quod summus. . . dealwiddit.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    May 29, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Homely People Need love to.

    You are talking about the same people that Started Settlements in Safford, St George, Winslow, Showlow, Mesa, and the capstone of Mormon Settlements Las Vegas.

    In 1968 I was a tourist in Salt Lake, my wife at the time took me to see the Vistors Center, and the Christis. I remember it to this day, we where young (early 20's) I had just returned from 3 year of the Cold War.

    Don't forget the Cold War Vets, "Freedon Lives Because We Served"

    It was the time between Europe and Nam, that six months or so of what is now called Dwell Time.

    I remember having a wounderful time in Salt Lake and being treated well, No you can't Eat here or Stay Here Stuff. The people at the Center Where Nice and Friendly. Also all White at the time but i diden't seem to care as they where nice. We stayed to days and then went up to her home in Logan.

    St. George is only a short distence from Mesquite so the tourist that are so encliened can have fun. The Hotel Rooms have twinkle light in the rooms.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 29, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    To My2Cents - you are right that there are different varieties of Mormons. But to think they are divided by inside Utah and outside of Utah is very incorrect. I have lived in Utah, outside of Utah and travel extensively for my profession. I find all types of LDS all over the place. You might find a higher concentration of conservative LDS in some parts of Utah and higher concentrations of more liberal LDS in places like DC or Boston. But those would just be generalities too. Meridian, Idaho is pretty conservative and has a high population of LDS. But I have found some of the most open-minded, liberal LDS here sitting side by side with some of the most conservative, fundamental LDS. I think it is generally like that all over.

  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    It seems to me that the Utah and Non Utah Mormons have issues with each other. I see no problem with either. Regardless the issue with tourism in Utah is that too many want one way or the other. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making all aspects of this state well known. We have world class skiing, mountain biking, etc. Excellent breweries and even a distillery.There is the fast growing art community here. We have the pioneer history and home to one of the most unique religions in the world! I think "Celebrate Utah" should be the slogan or "Utah Elevated".

  • Max Syracuse, NY
    May 29, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    My Two Cents,

    It looks like you need to get out and see the world. From your comments, it appears that you have never left home. I have lived all over the country (including Utah) and you could not be more wrong.

  • DesertRat Gilbert, AZ
    May 29, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Even as a Latter-day Saint who grew up in "the mission field" I had a somewhat negative view of "Utah Mormons." When I finally came to BYU I was a little surprised at how normal my Utah counterparts were. People are people no matter where one travels. Regarding this article, why would mentioning Mormon church or culture be necessary in promoting Utah's ski resorts?

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 29, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    Dear My2Cents: From your post, it's plain to see that religious bigotry and narrow mindedness are alive and well. Sweeping statements show a lack of tolerance, analytical perception and human kindness. I have lived in Utah and out of Utah. I have found good people and good members of the Church in both places. However, you can go far and wide and NEVER find members or people more faithful, loving and giving than in Utah. According to Church statistics Utahns are about 12% of the Church membership. However, Utahns amount to 25% of the active members. Unfortunately, there are many outside of Utah who have a chip on their shoulder about Utah. It's sad. No, it's tragic.

    The Lord has said, "if you are not one, you are not mine." What we need to do is be supporting each other and not being judgemental and attacking each other. That is what the Lord would have us do. I hope everyone will think about this.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 29, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    There are two classes of Mormons and both have distinct differences. There are the homegrown and raised Utah variety, and then there is those in the rest of the world who have complete opposite philosophy's and more world friendly.

    The Utah variety are prudish, narrow minded, and confused about their loyalties. They are friendly enough but they lack individuality of minds and thoughts and are basically naive about the rest of the world and prone to believe they are too pure to have dishonest people leading them. The Utah variety is what the rest of the world perceives and often times its not a well thought of religion, been there done that. Missionaries are not really exposed to other nations, they keep their tight community of Mormons and blindly search the world for anyone to listen.

    When tourist come to Utah they get what they have perceived, jack Mormons without horns.

  • bribri Holladay, UT
    May 29, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    To day in France it's mothers day :Happy Mothers day to all UTAH MOTHERS