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Old 07-18-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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Looks like an opportunity to relocate is in my family's future wife, 13 year old son and I would be moving from Seattle to some surrounding area of Lindon. So we are wondering about the general area looking for some grass roots input. Wife pretty much said shes scared to move there because of hearing Horror stories about people who are not part of the church having a hard time advancing. I'm trying to dissolve any preconceived expectations of Utah its self. Does the area have any diversity to it? If we decide to do this it would be a huge move so I'm trying to cover all the angles before I go spend some time over there first hand.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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Bountiful/Layton/Provo area there are a lot of Mormons. I'd try moving closer to Salt Lake City area especially if you are Token from South Park.

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Old 07-18-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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There is LDS people all over Utah. I lived in more South Layton for a few years and also North Layton and had no issues. Also lived in Clearfield for 2 years and now I am in Clinton. Right next to a church. Still have no issues. I believe its very accepting. But I do get the normal missionaries at my house, I just say im not interested and continue with my business.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #4
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Both posters above have never been outside Utah. Saying this I moved here 9 years ago from Dallas Texas. There is definetly a culture shock to adjust to in the fact that it seems there is a huge bubble Utah is encapsulated in as far as thier perceptions of what exists beyond the state boundary lines. It took my wife a minute to adjust but once she found a few good friends it made a world of difference. She wouldnt move now, unless it was for Portland or San Diego. Looks like we are here for a while until Brody's mom increase my allowance to afford San Diego.

You will enjoy it here, and will find the majority of the people are very kind regardless if you are not of the same denomination.

I still miss the Southern hospitality of Texas, but I will sacrifice it for the better weather here.

Good luck enjoy your time here, and be open minded about the church even if its just for educational puproses. It is part of the culture and history and a main stepping stone how Salt Lake City and Utah as a whole came to be.

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Old 07-18-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:14 AM   #6
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i used to live in old renton and up on the hill in renton. theres a LOT more diversity in renton than there is here. however, i would say the people here are generally pretty accepting. i've only lived here for 2 years and only have 2 more to go. cant wait to get back to cali or hawaii. efffff this weather. i hate snow.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #7
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Interesting information, and thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. As a parent I also have to worry about my kid, and with him being biracial. Seattle, not an issue but some other parts of the country he may find it a little harder to fit in and adjust so the type of environment I subject him to is also of great concern.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:42 AM   #8
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Yeah, being from WA (albeit the other side), it will be different. But honestly your kid should be fine if he is good at making friends. Lindon is a nice area and has a good amount of Mormons (Anywhere in Utah County will have a little bit higher of a Mormon population). But they are pretty chill. Like said before though, you will get the missionaries knocking on your door more than in Renton. And weather is the same as Spokane/east side of WA, HOT in the summer and COLD in the winter with a good amount of snow.

Hope that helps. I will warn you, Utah drivers are all like Everett drivers.... If you think 1-5 at 5pm through everett that is how it is a lot here
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:06 PM   #9
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Utah gets more and more diverse every year. just shrug off any judgmental douches, find some good friends, and this place is THE BEST. i love this place. and i lived in Mt Vernon WA for about 6 months. i love WA too.

utah = amazing.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:48 PM   #10
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I have just moved here from the East Coast and I love it. I do live in salt lake however, i dont know if i would like it as much if i was outside of it. The weather is amazing, and so is the scenery. This is by FAR the cleanest city and most well taken care of I have ever been too.

A big thing ive noticed is the LDS church is the basis for the society (or at least it was) and a lot of laws/customs are kind of different. Biggest thing is the alcohol--****ty 3.2% beer. You can't do ANYTHING on a sunday.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:17 PM   #11
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:41 PM   #12
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I am from Portland living in South Jordan. I work in Lindon though. I like Lindon, it is pretty nice and not too far from Salt Lake etc. Its different here, but still nice. I mostly miss the hills and vegetation of the NW, but there is a lot of stuff out here as well.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:42 PM   #13
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cant buy beer on sundays in utah county.....

other than that the people are nice enough. if you dont like mormons than dont go to church to meet people
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:12 PM   #14
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:54 PM   #15
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:22 PM   #16
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I grew up in salt lake, and moved to Houston a few years ago. I was in town a few days ago, and it never seemed strange growing up, but it was so weird this time seeing everything closed on Sunday. Beautiful scenery and climate in Utah.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:39 AM   #17
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A lot of people here have thier heart in the right place. but there are always bad apples.

I haven't lived elsewhere other than growing up in AK. That being said this is my home and theres just far too much good to outweigh the small quirks that are gradually assymilating into american culture.

The fairly recent expansion of the metro Salt Lake area has vastly limited the amount of small town differences within reasonable driving distance of the capital. That being said there still are extremist vestiges as with most all states. The expantion and overall economic excellence have really helped move counterproductive behavior and attitudes to the past.

Attitude here goes a long way. no one likes a grouch. smiles move for miles.

Goog luck with the decision. feel free to shoot more questions. Sounds like a big decision.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:53 PM   #18
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Is your job in Lindon? Are you willing to commute? If so I would look in the Sandy Draper area to move to. And drive to work. As to a mixed heritage that is no biggy. What can be a bit of trouble is, the other kids wanting to know what ward he is in and asking him to be a part of that ward. Going to Primary and stuff is not bad, but if you have a different belief then, beware they will teach and try to sway your child. Just what happens. I moved to SLC back in 78 from the midwest. It was very hard to find people that did not exclude you because of a different belief.
Most of the people you will find anywhere in Ut. will be very kind and helpful.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:37 AM   #19
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You guys are making really good points, great info. We plan on going to visit before we say yes in August sometime. Looks like Utah has a solid AAU basketball group, my son plays now so that should help. Thats our main fear of him being excluded or having a hard time making friends, kids are resielient but still at age 13 its already pretty hard. The Provo/Orem area seems like a nice area not top far from Lindon. Hows traffic?
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:07 AM   #20
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You guys are making really good points, great info. We plan on going to visit before we say yes in August sometime. Looks like Utah has a solid AAU basketball group, my son plays now so that should help. Thats our main fear of him being excluded or having a hard time making friends, kids are resielient but still at age 13 its already pretty hard. The Provo/Orem area seems like a nice area not top far from Lindon. Hows traffic?
Traffic anywhere south of Draper is going to be a nightmare for the next three years because I-15 is undergoing a major renovation.

Your son may stand out, but in some ways that's really not a bad thing. A lot of us whiteys here feel guilty about not having a more diverse group of friends. I bet this alone will be a great icebreaker for him, as odd as that may sound.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:55 PM   #21
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I would avoid provo/orem if your not LDS. Draper/Sandy would be much better.

I'm mixed. If you make a good set of friends then it isn't bad here. I've been here almost 4 years and still don't have anyone I would consider a good friend. Meeting people and making friends here seems a lot more difficult then other places. People in general aren't as friendly and far more judgemental then other places I've lived, but it isn't bad. Overall if you have your own things to do and people to do them with, then it isn't bad.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:23 PM   #22
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Everyone else has covered the main topics but really you can put up with how weird and quirky Utah is just because of the scenery and the outdoor activities. That said I hate commuting but I would do it to live in sandy/draper.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:49 PM   #23
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I'm LDS and it was a big culture shock for me! Originally from Southern California and Lake Tahoe. But like most everyone has said, you stay away from the weird people. Whether they be LDS, Jehovah witness, Catholic or those guys that worship only the flat 4............and you'll be good!!

Plus we have the BEST track in the United States right here in out own backyard! http://www.millermotorsportspark.com...g-events/mpra/

I'm not going anywhere!.....unless my wife tells me we're moving.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:25 AM   #24
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I grew up outside "The Church" in a VERY mormon-heavy neighborhood (one of only 3 non-mormon households on the entire block). Kinda sucked at times and I did experience some outright persecution as a young child, but since then I've learned that the vast majority of mormons are very nice people who will treat me, you, or anybody else with respect. Just so happened that many of the ones in the neighborhood where I grew up weren't very good mormons (or very good people, for that matter). Does wonders for a young child's developing psyche to hear other kids say things like "my mommy says I can't play with you cause you're going to hell!" I doubt that would be an issue for a teenager, though; kids learn to think for themselves pretty quickly and by the time I was in middle school, most of my close friends were mormons, and very accepting of my religion (or lack thereof).

Honestly, though, the pros of living in Utah HUGELY outweigh any cons you can dream up; it's a truly wonderful place to live. Crime rate is very low, economy is great, public education system is among the best in the nation, traffic and commuting aren't nearly as bad as most Utahns think they are, nice people, lots of culture/arts/sports events, and the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Oh, and did someone say motorsports? Miller is a world-class track; we also have a decent dragstrip and a very active Subie/Evo/Honda/Mustang/Mazda/Corvette/MG/whateverYouDrive enthusiast community. Very car-friendly. Oh, and we have some really great driving roads!

Final thought for this post: if you decide to move here, take the family to southern Utah for a few days and hike Zion National Park. The view from atop Angel's Landing has been known to change peoples' lives.
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I hate it when I hear things like this. I moved here from Pittsburgh and didn't go to church until I was 19 and had some issues, but this was also 18 years ago. I had a harder time with the fact that kids would say stuff about my parents being divorced. I just blew it off and if someone was a big prick we dealt with it. I don't think Utah is any worse than PA or CA when I lived there. It's all in how you deal with things. As far as I'm concerned, welcome. It will be good to have more good people in the area.

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