What other states can learn from Utah, Mormon culture

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  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    This article should more appropriately be titled: "What missionaries can learn by being immersed in another culture." I agree, beneficial. It cannot ever compare, however, to the cultural richness brought about by the in-migration of those from somewhere else.

    While we may look good compared to some cities and towns in the middle of our nation, it is a poor substitute for actual diversity.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 24, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    If Utah is the most cosmopolitan state in the Union, then the rest of country can learn from the Beehive state. But if Utah feels it has nothing to learn from the rest of the country, that indicates a recalcitrant provincial mentality.

  • Wacoan Waco, TX
    March 23, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    I served a mission in Argentina in the last century. While my purpose was to teach the gospel, this could not have been done without learning the culture, including a knowledge of their language, food, music, and economic conditions. My companions and I lived in middle class neighbors. Our landlords were Argentine as were our neighbors, the shop owners, barbers, bakers, etc. Our leads were to all demographic and socioeconomic groups. In my experience, that is more cultural immersion than experienced by other Americans living in another country for two years.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    March 22, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    Went to Japan on my mission, worked in Japanese related fields for 15 years. I would say my experiences greatly enhanced my awareness and my job prospects. Cavetroll's comments notwithstanding. I guess any time someone with an ax grind gets an opportunity, he will grind.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    March 21, 2014 11:47 p.m.

    I live ini Sauid Arabia. The thing I learned from Utah, from people like Cavetroll, is that people living outside of a culture should be really careful about interpreting a culture over a cultural fence. I saw a lot of cases of people who had a little knowledge who reached bizarre and often conflicting conclusions.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2014 9:00 p.m.


    Thanks for reminding us of the low cultural awareness that is found in some places. That's not Utah's fault.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:09 a.m.

    I can see learning a second even a third language to some degree but I do not agree with people who only speak english being denied jobs they are qualified for because they don't speak spanish. Recently I received an email about a job and almost had an interview. I pointed out that the ad did state that the employee would have to speak spanish which I don't. Needless to say no job for me but it probably went to someone who only speaks spanish and no english. We live in the US of A. My ancestors were English, Swedish, German, Scotish, and those who needed to did learn english so that they would be more at home. Keep your language and customs but learn english also. BTW I plan to learn either french or german.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 19, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    what other states?? How about the United - Sates? Model the Churches welfare system for the country. Model the Churches tithing system for a flat tax nationally. Model the Churches moral model and watch the Mt Everest pile of social problems be reduced to a foot hill.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    March 19, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Ironic that the author/blogger Eyres just posted an article the other day about how they felt moving away from Utah (to D.C.) would be beneficial to their kids because Utah wasn't "diverse" enough.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    March 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    Hello, where do you come from?
    Utah, in the United States of America.
    How many wives do you have?

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2014 9:25 a.m.



    Well, the article says language skills and international relations skills. Did you comment and not read the article? If you had read the article, the answer to your question was right there. Pretty simple really.

  • Dave M Louisville, KY
    March 19, 2014 8:31 a.m.


    They might not be there for those purposes, but they get it (at least I did). It has served me well. I have seen the third world up close and personal. I have lived under a dictatorship (and yes, my citizenship helped protect me). I learned to appreciate another culture and to see the US (at least a bit) through different eyes.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    troll - and yet isn't it great that missionaries obtain international experience and get immersed in another culture while doing missionary work

    Win win!

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Utah's experience with other countries, cultures, or languages isn't about "cultural immersion", nor does it lead to a "wealth of international experience." It is solely about propagating a certain religious viewpoint and attempting to convert people to their view.

    Most Utahans who are currently in other countries aren't there for the "cultural immersion" or "international experience."

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 18, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    That we are a "peculiar" people, perhaps?