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Old 11-01-2013   #11
Salt Lake City, Utah
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I call bull puckey!

I was born into a Mormon family and quit "the church" at the ripe age of 11 years old. I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I have also lived in Victor ID and shopped and dined in Idaho Falls. Mormons are great people and usually make great neighbors. Sure they don't drink (like I am doing right this moment) but the majority are still good people. Most of them want the same things we all want. I've met my fair share of judgmental Mormons, but I have also experienced this with other religions and lifestyles. Don't worry one bit about the Mormons, they are not an issue.

As a proud Utahn, I truley dislike Mormon bashing. Sure they impose government on certain people at the same time they proclaim needing less government, however I know groups in the Bible Belt that do the same. What about other groups trying to push their beliefs on somebody else. Can you name a few?

As a baptized ex-Mormon, I would advise shaking their hands and letting them know you are not interested. Offer the missionairies and/or home teachers some Coke. They will still be the first ones to run to your aid when a tree falls into your home, or you are broke down at a stop light.

As for the social opportunities, I don't have a valid opinion. I've been married long enough that I wear sweats on Friday night and take 10 minutes searching for a movie on Netflix that I haven't seen.


Salt Lake City, UT
former resident of:
Tooele, UT
Cedar City, UT
Grand Junction, CO
Victor, ID

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Old 11-01-2013   #12
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Mormon folks are generally nice people that I admire for their caring and generous mentality. They're also the most successful socialist organization in America, even if they don't know it.

When we quit believing in our corrupt political system, it will finally fall apart. REVOLUTION!!!
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Old 11-02-2013   #13
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A have a friend who lives in Pokie, and he often goes shopping in IF because it has a better selection. I know ISU has an active theater dept. if you're in to cultural pursuits. Otherwise, they are both small-medium size towns that are fairly close to lots of outdoor activities. I'm sure night life can be found if you look and network with folks. IF is really close for a Southfork Snake weekend float & fish, or an Alpine Canyon whitewater run (just go mid week to stay sane).

As for the predominant religion.... I moved from Florida to Utah 25 years ago. I've found the Mormons to be friendly and neighborly folks. As tanderson pointed out above, they will be there for you if you need help. My neighbors know that I am an active member of another church, and they have always been respectful of that.

If you have a good job opportunity in IF, I'd go for it and see what happens. I know my friend loves Pokie. He's not a big city kind of guy, and he loves to get out and hike, fish, cross country ski, and run rivers.
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Old 11-04-2013   #14
pocatello, Idaho
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For the record- I didn't have to be stomped out.

I simply let them know a few of the things that I enjoy doing for fun and they kindly helped me close that chapter in my life quietly.

And finally I agree that Mormons make great neighbors and friends. I did the whole mission thing. when they now knock on my door I have sympathy for them. I offer them a nice non-caffeinated beverage and a rest if they want it. I open with 'I am ex-Mormon and nothing is going to change that. now how about the (weather, sports, local news)...'
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Old 11-04-2013   #15
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My experience there was thirty years ago, but having said that, at the time their was a very active outdoor community. Because part of the population is the transient engineer and scientist folks that work at INEL, it has a much more cosmopolitan feel than it would if it were just the agricultural hub that it started as. We could leave our doors unlocked, and felt very safe. Access to boating, fishing, skiing, climbing etc. is amazing. My wife taught at an elementary school in Rexburg, 30 minutes north, where she did feel some of the anti non-Mormon sentiment, but made some great friends both Mormon and non. I didn't feel much of that myself as a carpenter, but did see it occasionally. It's not New York City, but then, it's not New York City, if you know what I mean. We had a great 3 years there, and often wondered why we moved. Would have to agree with the previous statement on a single person there. Take your own significant other!
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Old 11-04-2013   #16
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I was there last weekend. If you move there, learn how to base jump.
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Old 11-04-2013   #17
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That is twin falls
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Old 11-09-2013   #18
Hamilton, Montana
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I, too, grew up there. One of my brothers still lives there; he does some boating but is more a skier and mountain climber. The Idaho Alpine club was quite active then (Dad's stories of the club raft are pretty dire) and may yet be. I think Lanny Benson is on this list, and my brothers think he's great to boat with.
If it's a good job, there are worse places to be. There has been a sort of derail on the Mormon thing on here. We weren't Mormon, there was some discrimination and weekly missionary visits (he really shouldn't have stuck his foot in the door. That door was heavy.) but that was the 70s. There are lots of athiests, agnostics, Catholics, Lutherans, Unitarians, etc. Also folks who worship good white water. Not a problem.
Do folks still practice kayak rolls on the forebay?

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