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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Hello Gorgeous"


I have had a request from a reader to write about the positive aspects of living in Utah. I am happy to do just that. Utah is an unbelievably gorgeous place. The mountains are breathtaking and I never tire of looking at them. They are visible from just about anywhere and we can enjoy them even while sitting outside at our favorite pizza place. The view from my back yard is spectacular and I am thankful every day that I am lucky enough to live surrounded by such beauty.

Our family also prefers the slower pace of life here. It seemed in Northern California, we never had any down time. Sports were seven days a week. The kids had loads more homework and Dave worked and commuted more hours a day. Family has great value here and as a result, we have more time to spend with each other. I know that the Mormon Church has instilled that value in its followers. I love that and am grateful for it.

I have two teenagers and Utah has without a doubt been a safe place to raise them. The issues that face so many teens in our nation are just not as prevalent here in Utah. While I am certain there are teens here that are drinking and doing drugs – my impression is that it is A LOT less. The same goes for teens and sex. I am not so na├»ve to think that some kids aren’t having sex, but not the majority for sure. Peer pressure is to NOT do these things and that has made it easier for my kids. They don’t struggle with “Just Say No” since they are not asked to participate. Their friends are good kids from nice families!!! What kind of parent wouldn’t like that????

So there you have it - despite my frustrations with living in this homogenous state, we have a good quality of life and the natural splendor brings me joy and keeps me sane. From the moment I open my eyes each morning, I see those magnificent mountains and every day I feel like Streisand - “Hello Gorgeous!”

1 comment:

Angela said...

Wow! I didn't expect an entire post in response to my comment - you really do listen to your readers.
I lived in Utah for 7 years and loved it. It's the only place I've ever lived where I always knew which way was east thanks to the beautiful mountains. And that grid system for roads --- genius!!
Here in Oregon, I hate driving in downtown Portland with its crazy skiwampus streets. I'd be lost without my GPS.
Like anywhere, Utah has it's advantages and disadvantages. I'm glad you've found and appreciate the many positives while still dealing with the challenges of the negatives.
I'm sorry you and your family have had bad experiences dealing with member of the LDS faith. The ironic thing is that out doctrine is a doctrine of inclusion, not exclusion. We are taught to accept and value the differences of others and allow them to worship "how, where or what they may" (as stated in our Articles of Faith - http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,106-1-2-1,FF.html).
I hope, while you are living in Utah, that you are able to associate with members of our faith who exemplify what a true Latter-day Saint should be.