People will automatically assume you are Mormon, even though 40% of Utahns are not. People will also forget that asking people about their religion isn’t a polite question to follow third behind “What is your name?” and “Where are you from?” when you first meet.
If you are Mormon, people will assume you are a certain kind of Mormon. They’ll tell you what you believe. But to keep the record straight, I’ve never met a Mormon who didn’t eat chocolate.
We aren’t a flyover state. Next time, try visiting our five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands) or our forty+ state parks on your next layover. We can hold our own.
Jell-O is a thing. Sometimes mandarin oranges and marshmallows and whipped cream are involved, but it doesn’t mean everyone is enjoying green Jell-O as a daily side dish.
Poll a hundred Utahns. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has ever even met a polygamist. Yet, this fun fact from the 1800s persists as the most current event most out-of-staters can recall.
Some of us snowboard, thank you very much. And some of us also don’t have hundreds of dollars to dump at the resorts on a season pass.
Most people in Utah tend to be kinder and more open-minded than outsiders credit. The Advocate named Salt Lake City as one of the “Queerest Cities in America” in 2016. Salt Lake City also elected its first openly gay mayor last November.
We are, most of the time. See point one and two if you feel we got off on the wrong foot.
Even if Utah remains one of the most conservative states in the U.S., Utah is not Trump’s fan club. He didn’t win the Primary, and many conservative Utahns can’t stand him. Some people speculate that this may be the first year Utah swings blue since 1964.
Not all of us walk around with infomercial hair accessories and triangle-shaped hairdos.
I agree. It would be nice to get some fresh air. But have you ever heard of an inversion?
Utah has the highest birth rates in the country. However, that doesn’t mean everyone is popping out thirteen kids by the time they are thirty.
Okay. I admit it. I have some canned beans and powdered milk stashed under my bed. But where are you going to run to when the zombies come?
A mom could get whiplash trying to keep track of the widely differing opinions of financial experts. Many claim that America is headed toward deflation, others claim a deflationary depression is on its’ way, and yet many voices are crying, “Get ready for hyperinflation!” Hyperinflation is particularly dangerous for families because the prices of necessary goods (think fuel, energy, and food) will skyrocket, leaving little money, if any, for anything else.
Most experts go into great detail explaining why hyperinflation may be on its way, and there is plenty of blame to spread around, but as a mom, my primary concern is how to prepare for this nightmare if, indeed, it becomes a reality. Here are some common sense steps that will help you and your family be in a more stable position
If hyperinflation never occurs, you’ll be enjoying a debt-free lifestyle, with investments in precious metals, stored food and supplies to rotate into your family’s daily life, and a secure home or apartment. Being a SurvivalMom is being a smart mom, and smart means being proactive and postponing that panic attack for another day when you’re not so busy!
The national anthem is serious business over there. They even have something called ‘The Flag Code’ which tells citizens how they should behave when the national anthem is played, although you won’t actually get in trouble for breaching it. The most important things include standing up, facing the flag (if you can see one) and putting your right hand on your heart. There’s no mention of singing but most Americans tend to join in with real gusto. According to YouGov, 41% of US citizens think America is the best place in the world – more than any other country.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two young kids to a neighborhood party. When we arrived, we scouted the food, grabbed something tasty, and made our way over to a couple of neighbors we recognized from the ward.
After talking for a while, somehow the conversation turned to our kids and the schools in our area. Since our son is getting ready to enter the public education system, we discussed local preschools, favorite teachers, and the general atmosphere at the elementary school.
And that's when it happened.
Our neighbor (and fellow ward-member) told us the story of how her young boy (he's only in the second grade) was exposed to pornography.
Pornography… in the second grade.
I looked over at my son and daughter. Two of the most precious people in my life. My thoughts raced. How was I going to protect them? How could I keep them from being exposed to such disgusting filth at such a young age? How could I keep them innocent for as long as possible?
As I've had a few weeks to recover from the initial shock of the moment, I realize it's impossible to put my children in a bubble and protect them from everything bad in the world (even though I plan to try my hardest for as long as I can).
But I can make a plan to keep pornography out of my home.
As Sister Reeves reminded us in the April 2014 general conference:
In this article, you'll find 13 ways pornography may be leaking into your home without you even knowing it. We've also included a few recommendations on how to fix any leaks that may be causing spiritual damage to your family.
You must be a United States citizen to vote in federal and state elections. Theoretically, to become a citizen you either have to be born in the United States or go through a naturalization process and be approved.
I say theoretically, because citizenship and suffrage has only ever been guaranteed for white men.
The United States has a very long, racist history of determining who is allowed to be a citizen. And for many People of Color, citizenship did not equal voting rights.
Although Black men were technically citizens and allowed to vote with the Reconstruction Amendments , grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and literacy tests prevented many from exercising this right.
Although they were granted citizenship in 1924, many Native Americans could not vote. In 1882, Chinese Americans couldn’t become citizens and couldn’t vote. By 1922, Japanese Americans and Indian Americans were deemed nonwhite, they were also banned from becoming citizens and couldn’t vote.
And while white women gained the right to vote in 1920, many of them actively protested giving the same right to Black people, in spite of the work of the many active Black women suffragists.
So it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that laws were actively passed for citizens of color to be able to exercise their right to vote. These laws included the McCarran-Walter Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 .