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The Utah St. George Mission was created in early 2010, formerly part of the Utah Provo Mission. This mission houses a beautiful Temple and Church historic sites where pioneers first settled in the mid-1800s under the direction of President Brigham Young. The Utah St. George Mission covers much of the area south of Utah Valley, including parts of over seventeen counties: Beaver, Carbon, southern Duchesne, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, western Kane, most of Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, some of southern Tooele, extreme southern southern Uintah, Utah, southern Wasatch, and Washington, as well as the northern portions of two Arizona counties, Coconino and Mohave.
The church is very strong in the Utah St. George Mission (which also includes a small part of northern Arizona). The mission boundaries contain both the St. George and Manti temples, as well as the site of the recently announced Cedar City temple. Over 40 stakes are located within the mission boundaries, including multiple YSA stakes (near campuses such as Southern Utah University in Cedar City or Dixie College in St. George). Several Spanish-language wards are also present along with church facilities such as Seminaries, Deseret Industries, various home storage centers, and church-run camps.
While missionaries can expect to find typical American fare that could be found almost anywhere else in the United States, Utah does have a few distinct dishes of its own. Probably the most famous foodstuffs from Utah are fry sauce (a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise, and other spices) and a wide variety of Jello salads usually made with fruit and whipped cream. Funeral potatoes are another common dish, made using potatoes, cheese, a cornflake topping, and cream soup. The fast food chain Arctic Circle is based out of Utah.
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 leadership positions. Since most of the mission area is rural, traffic is usually light and should not pose many challenges for missionaries.
The Utah St. George Mission area is rather safe, and crime levels are relatively low across much of the area. As the region is a desert climate, missionaries should be mindful of the heat and stay well-hydrated.
Outdoor activities are especially popular throughout the area of the Utah St. George Mission. Hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and ATV (four-wheeler) riding are just some of the many activities that are popular among local residents. St. George also has a reputation of being a retirement area within Utah because of its warmer weather. The LDS church also bears a strong influence on local culture, with church activities and gatherings often playing a large role within the community.
Utah has its own accent that becomes more pronounced in rural regions. Some examples include dropping the middle vowel sound or the “t” sound from the middle of words (such as in “mountain”), and the changing of vowel sounds in some words, such as saying “carn” instead of “corn”, or “mayzhure” instead of “measure”.
And of course there’s the infamous Utah habit of such exclamations as “Oh my heck!” “flip,” “freak,” etc.
The Utah St. George Mission area is also home to famous sites such as Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The area is rich in church history as well, with many places well worth a visit!
881 S. River Road,
St. George, UT 84790
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