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The Church thrives in the Provo mission. It is one of the highest baptizing missions of the Church in the English language. There is one temple in Provo, and another one in construction only a couple miles away from the current temple. The Provo temple is the busiest temple, with thousands of workers (often young) happily serving from Monday-Saturday. The largest Missionary Training Center is in Provo, along with Brigham Young University, the largest Church school. There are many stakes in the Provo mission and wards of multiple languages, notably Spanish and “Asian” (Chinese, Korean, etc.)
Provo has a variety of foods to offer. Students enrolled in both of the major universities in the Provo/Orem area come from all over the world. This allows Provo to provide food from all nations and areas of the United States. From a central Texas Barbecue to spicy Thai to a true Italian dinner, Provo has it all. There is a prevalence of high-quality Hispanic food to Latino influence in the area. There are also health food stores in the Provo area, along with generic grocery stores and foreign specialty stores to appease any taste. The produce in the Provo area isn’t always top quality, but the local markets and co-ops improve produce and fruit options (Provo itself has a farmers’ market that runs several months of the year). The Provo area is known for its sweet tooth with many bakeries, frozen yogurt shops, cupcake eateries, and dessert hubs.
Most people travel throughout the area by car, although there is a public transit option. The UTA bus system can connect one to most neighborhoods throughout the Provo mission. Traveling throughout the county there is the newly built “Frontrunner” which is similar to a train that runs from Utah County to Davis County, with many stops along the way. It is a very reliable and easy option to use.
The crime rate in Provo is lower than the national average. It is a very safe community, but that’s not to say that there isn’t crime there. Many people are taken advantage of because of the assumption that Provo is the safest place in the world, which is not so. Petty theft (such as bike theft) is fairly common and it is still important to be careful during the night hours. Use your common sense when traveling into new neighborhoods, especially after hours. Several lower-income neighborhoods in South Provo and beyond 500 West have crime rates higher than the North and Eastern neighborhoods.
Provo is an area that revolves around college students. The city comes to life through sporting events, welcoming alumni and fans of Brigham Young University (BYU). Church-inspired activities such as CES Devotionals and conference sessions are major events for the community to participate in, because of the high density of LDS members. There is also a talented music and art scene in Provo that college-aged artists support and enjoy.
The fourth of July is celebrated with an incredible festival. There is a freedom run, parade and various activities streaming throughout the community. The Stadium of Fire show finishes the night with an incredible firework display for everyone to enjoy.
Neighboring communities like Orem, Pleasant Grove, etc. also hold summer festivals with carnivals, parades and other family activities.
85 N 600 E
Provo UT 84606
Straight from the Utah Provo Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“There really wasn’t anything unavailable that I needed.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Whatever the members fed us. I also ate a lot of fast food.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“A “green” dinner when I was a “greenie.” A less active family wore green, used green table wear, and served food such as broccoli, green pasta with pesto, green apple soda, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The number of non-LDS people in St. George, Utah.” [Now part of the Utah St. George Mission, as of 2010.]
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Utah Provo Mission?
“Make friends with the members and encourage them to get involved through referrals or fellowshipping. Also, enjoy the most beautiful place on earth.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had prepared better emotionally to handle the stress.”
“Trust in the Lord and enjoy the journey.”
**Did you serve in the Utah Provo Mission? If so, we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at email@example.com.**