|Originally posted by jamesdeluxe:
Clearly, SLC has the outdoor activities angle covered in spades. My Deal-Breaker Question: exactly how annoying is the influence of the LDS? Does it make life unbearable? Is that the reason why the city hasn't been colonized by skiers from all over North America? Can you ignore the LDS only by skiing yourself into submission?
How annoying? It's no different from living anywhere else in the most religious country in the western world . . . except that it's a different religion than in most other places in the USA. By the way, have you ever noticed that people who generously want to share their religious beliefs with YOU virtually NEVER want you to share YOUR religious beliefs with THEM?
How annoying? That depends upon you. Do such things annoy you? Is being a part of this church or that church important to you? Can you handle having the mayor of SLC attempt to SELL Main Street to a "private" group that bans swearing and smoking on that street [a court ruled him out of order]? If you had been living there at the time, would you have walked down Main Street smoking a cigarette in protest, even though you hate smoking?
The LDS Church is one thing, its adherents are something else. If you want to meet industrious, genuinely polite people who actually have family lives, you'll find a number of them in SLC - and bear in mind that SLC is, maybe, half Mormon, so there's company if you're one of "the others".
If you have a sense of humor, or basically don't integrate into "the commmunity", or both, it would be easy to live there. And there's something else they believe in, though you may find it odd: The Utah JAZZ! If you really like to watch NBA from a seat in the arena rather than on TV, you have it in SLC. Remember, the once mighty Jazz will rise again! Meanwhile, you get to meet Karl Malone in the supermarket and chat with him.
SLC? Well, OK, it's DIFFERENT . . . but hey, it's not all that bad.