Utah Salt Lake City Mission


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Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Church

The church is very strong in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission (what with the Church headquarters being located in the city).  The Bountiful temple is located within the mission boundaries, while the Salt Lake City Temple and Temple Square area lie in the encompassed Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission. Over 65 stakes are located within the mission boundaries, as well as Tongan, Samoan, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese wards, branches, and stakes.

The Bountiful Utah Temple. Photo from lds.org

Food

Missionaries serving in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission can expect to find food similar to what is had in other parts of the United States.  However, since there are many members of the Church from different parts of the world living in Salt Lake City, there is much more variety to be found than one would expect!  Chances are you’ll get to try cuisine from a variety of cultures, including Mexican, Brazilian, Tongan, and more.  And of course, there are also distinctly Utahn dishes such as funeral potatoes, fry sauce, and Jello salads.

Transportation

Like most stateside missions, missionaries will mostly use either cars or bikes in their areas.  Designations are generally based on the size of the area and dependant on leadership positions/need to travel.  Salt Lake City is a bicycle-friendly city, with many roads also having bike lanes.  The city also has an extensive public transportation system that includes a light rail, a bus system, and a commuter train system.

TRAX, downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. By Cool Hand Luke, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

TRAX, downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. By Cool Hand Luke,
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Safety

While crime levels in the Utah Salt Lake City area are generally rather low when compared to other major metropolitan areas, there are a few areas that suffer from higher crime levels, much of which is associated with gang and drug activity.  Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake and the Glendale neighborhood in the western part of the city have the reputation of having higher levels of crime than the rest of the city.

Customs

Even though the LDS church is the dominant religion in the Salt Lake City area, there are still many other groups present.  One such example is the yearly Greek Festival, held each September at the Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Salt Lake.  Other important events include Pioneer Day, which is celebrated on July 24th.  This Utah state holiday remembers the arrival of the pioneers in 1847, and is celebrated with parades, rodeos, and fireworks.

President and Sister Monson at the 2006 “Days of ’47” Parade. Photo from www.mormonnewsroom.org

Local Lingo

While the famed “Utah accent” is less distinct within Salt Lake City itself, there’s still a good chance you’ll hear some people speak in this dialect if you serve in some of the mission’s more rural areas.  Examples include the dropping of middle vowels and “t” sounds when used in the middle of a word, and changing certain vowel sounds so that words like “measure” become “mayzhure”, etc.

Also of note is that locals generally refer to Salt Lake City simply as “Salt Lake” (they say “the Salt Lake” to refer to the actual lake).

Additional Info

There are plenty of Church-related sites to visit in the Salt Lake City area!  The Church Family History Library, Church History Museum, and the Tabernacle are just some of the sites located in the Temple Square area. With other sites in the area such as This is the Place Heritage Park, there is plenty to see and do in Salt Lake City!

This is the Place Heritage Park. Photo cc by Cory Maylett, taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:This_Is_The_Place_Heritage_Park.jpg

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United States
President Stephen W. Hansen

1535 S Edison St
Salt Lake City UT 84115-1625
United States

English, Portuguese, Samoan, Spanish, Tonga (Tonga Islands)
About 450,000
LDS, other Christian, Irreligious
Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures generally in the 90s. Winters are cold and snowy (usually November to March). Inversion during the winter time causes thick smog to settle in the area, making the air highly polluted.
Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Layton, Kaysville

Utah Salt Lake City Mission Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/UtahSaltLakeCityMission

http://www.mission.net/utah/salt-lake-city/

Experiences

Straight from the Utah Salt Lake City Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Italian food.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Jell-O with olives in it.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“It’s one of the highest baptizing missions (English-speaking) in the world!”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission?
“Be obedient and have faith.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“More of the Book of Mormon.”

*Other comments?
“Serving a mission will bless you forever.”

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