Growing Up in the Utah Region

GrowingUp in the Utah Region


Iam a sociology student with an interest in gaining an in-depthunderstanding of how society works. In my opinion, society isperceivable as a group of people or a community that participates inthe development of networks and interpersonal relationships. Laws,standards, and concepts regiment this type of arrangement. A seriesof systems, for instance, religion, economies, and infrastructureunderpin the essence of societies. The Utah region is an example of acommunity, where particular social and religious practices define theexistence of the indigenes living in the area: the Mormon culture. Iam a non-Mormon living in the Utah region my worldview reflectionsare not in tandem with those advanced by the Mormon culture.

Ihave lived in the Salt Lake City area for six years. My religiousbackground is characterized by two religions: Jewish and Catholic. Mymaternal mother is a Jew, and I attended a Catholic school, betweenmy infancy and my early adulthood years. Nevertheless, after grade 5,I began embracing paganism, after being exposed to modern technologyand the tenets that symbolize the lifestyles of the contemporaryyoung adults. Currently, my religious affiliation is somewhat shakysince my religious inclination is at crossroads with many worldlyconceptions. For instance, I identify with liberalism I favor theimplementation of programs or policies that emphasize the developmentof socialist initiatives like universal healthcare, social security,and unions. However, I also believe that governments should adoptpolicies that minimize spending and concentrate resources on programsthat inspire economic growth. I trace my origin to the San FranciscoBay Area, where my childhood and adolescent life was characterized bytrips to the city and a year attending school at the City College ofSan Francisco. All this experience made me view life in Salt LakeCity as being exceedingly interesting.

TheMormon culture characterizes existence in the Utah region. The MormonChurch, officially referred to as the Churchof Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), advances the belief thatit is a Christian restorationist church that intends to bring backthe original church that Jesus Christ founded. The church wasoutlawed in America in the 1970s, prompting the Mormons to leave andsettle in Mexico, where the American government later ejected them.These events led to the development of a negative attitude againstAmericans, which exists to date. Nonetheless, the Mormon Churchparticipates in the affairs of the state significantly. The Church,as the Utah indigenes call it, has a hand in business, politics,media, and government operations. This reality can be perceived whenone decides to read newspaper articles. The Salt Lake Tribune, forexample, may have widely divergent views on the same issues whencompared with the Deseret News. Also, religion is also used inpolitical campaigns and debates in the region. In essence, the ideathat the church should be separated from the state is viewed as beingboth ridiculous and foreign by the Mormons.

Althoughmy stay at Salt Lake City has acquainted me with the traditions ofthe people living in the Utah region, I still find some practicesoutdated and unreasonable. For example, most Mormons marry when theyare between ages 18 and 20, and start having children immediately. Ibelieve an ordinary person, by this age, is usually still in theprocess of discovering how the world works, and most importantly,making critical career decisions. The large families, comprisingbetween five to nine children, in the region (in my opinion) preventthe larger populace from pursuing careers or seeking better jobopportunities in other areas.

Inaddition to the above, I believe that some laws and customs inhibiteconomic growth. The majority of stores are usually closed onSundays, and people do not work on July 24th(PioneerDay). Although I am not certain about the origins of the lattercustom, I feel that setting days where people are required bytradition to avoid work is retrogressive, regarding spurring economicprosperity. Such practices undermine the spirit of entrepreneurshipbecause employees may demand off-days on such occasions but stilldemand remuneration. Also, laws that prohibit the consumption ofalcohol undermines the potential of this industry. Liquor, in theUtah region, is only sold in state-owned enterprises, and clients arerequired to purchase alcohol before 7 p.m. Ordinarily, the liquorindustry employs millions of people and has spurred the economicdevelopment of many countries. Thus, undermining the sector poses asignificant challenge to economic growth in the region.

Thesubordination of women to men is also a detriment to growth. In themodern world, women have statuses that equal those of men and arebelieved to encourage diversity in the workplace. The Mormon cultureplaces emphasis on the teachings of the Bible. In essence, the Bibleposits that fathers should watch over their families and mothersshould nurture and care for their children. The LDS Church commitsitself to the conventional gender roles. Although women are giftedwith priesthood power, the Mormon culture does not allow them to beordained in the ministry office.

Ina recap of the above discussion, my worldview reflections are not intandem with those advanced by the Mormon culture. Reason being, theMormon culture does not promote the beliefs that I considerpractical. I do not believe that the church must be an integral partof the government, marrying at an early age and bringing up a largefamily is practical, and laws and customs that prevent the growth ofparticular industries and sections of the community should beimplemented, as discussed above.