Great article. Thank you.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.
An article this good should have more comments. So ... here's one
Couldn't agree more. Great article. And many in these "Mormon" areas
have many family members around so don't feel the need to go outside their
"family box". The judgment factor for many is way too high in Utah. The
scripture quoted in another comment and also in the article state it well --
love one another. I had a non-member friend who was applying for a job in Ogden
and they lived out of state. She asked the current employee what they thought
of Utah. They said the job was fine but the neighborhood parents wouldn't let
their children play with their children because they had wine with their dinner.
How awful is that? We all know who will receive the greater judgment -- and it
isn't the non-member friend! She didn't take the job.......
I commend Mr. Candland for his article. I grew up in SLC and we were one of a
handful of non-Mormons in our neighborhood and in public school. It was hard.
For those of you who are unsympathetic, think what it's like to have a
classmate's parent tell you that "I still think you're a nice girl," or
"we would have made an exception for you!" That said, I have heard many
of my non-Mormorn peers say narrow-minded comments about the LDS, and I don't
like that either. My mother's neighborhood has changed a lot -- she is the
darling of the young families who live near her, and they invite her to many
events, whereas previously she felt virtually ignored. The format of the
socializing is a little different for her, but she takes it in stride and enjoys
their company. In the Mormons' defense, I think many non-Mormons are unaware of
just how much time the LDS church demands of their members, and they simply
don't have time to forge friendships with non-members. Thank you again for a
So sad. We should be so far past needing a reminder like this. Shame on us that
it's still relevant.
Anthracite,The reason there weren't many comments at the time
is because deseretnews.com was down/having problems when it came out. I was told
that by a higher up at Deseret News Connect when it initially came on line.
I'm glad you liked the article and I appreciate your kind words. David
Candland...the guy who wrote it.