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Old 09-09-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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Long story short, I could accept a job in Provo Utah. I have read these forums. Heard about all the liquor laws, chain food and everything closed on Sundays. That is all stuff I can look past, my wife and I will bring our own beer on Sundays and watch football at our home. My big concern is for our kids. We have 2 kids under the age of 3. They will be starting school soon and my question is, since my kids are not LDS, will other kids include them? IE. Birthday parties, sleep overs, things of this nature. I read all the time that Mormons are all very nice which is great, but will my kids suffer if they grow up in Provo?

Is it possible or smart to live say a little farther north and I just commute to Provo? If so how far north can I go before the drive gets to far for a daily commute?
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I would not raise young kids in Provo. Even the good LDS on here say not to move there.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:08 PM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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It would behoove you to live in Salt Lake County and commute to Provo. That is NOT to make assumptions that your children would not be included should you choose to live there, but the recommendation of many remains that Utah County is a whole different ballgame of living in Utah.

It is very possible and doable to live at the south end of Salt Lake County and commute. Do your family a favor and look into it.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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This question has been asked and answered probably a dozen times in the last 2-3 years on this forum. Not that I am faulting you. It does surprise me though how many people express an interest in moving to Utah County.

A consensus has emerged among even LDS people who post here that most of us wouldn't move our own families to the Utah County (Provo/Orem) area. It doesn't mean there isn't an occasional person who would disagree. However, these are the basic reasons for our feeling this way:

1. Most of prefer some diversity in our communities. That area is remarkably non-diverse. Its approximately 80% Mormon. Salt Lake County (to the north) is much more diverse with about a 50/50 population split.

2. No one will shun you or your family if you move down there. However, what you will likely encounter is a situation where you kids have a tougher time than usual making friends because their LDS friends will be kept quite occupied with church activities and extended family gatherings. In Salt Lake County, the diversity would make it a little easier for them to fit in with children of all religions.

3. A number of non-LDS people have moved to Utah County and written posts here indicating how much they have regretted doing so.

4. BYU is the Flagship University for the LDS Church and is located in Provo. It is a fine institution with high entrance standards. However, it sets the tone for the community and that tone is one where the LDS Church and its standards prevail.

5. Its just too easy to live in South Salt Lake County and commute. You can drive I-15 and be in Provo in about half an hour.

I think we give this advice as often as we do for the simple reason that we want you to have a good experience in Utah and talk well about the state. Its more likely you'll have that good experience if you work in Provo and commute from Salt Lake County than if you live and work in Provo.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:26 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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You could split the difference and move to Lehi. Close to Provo for work, closer to SLC than if you lived directly in Provo. That said, I haven't lived in Lehi myself, but it does have a lot of good shopping, some affordable housing, and would be better than Provo.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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True, but Lehi is still Utah County....
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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True, but Lehi is still Utah County....
I agree. I wouldn't want to move to Lehi and I'm LDS. Stay in Salt Lake County and you'll be happier. And if you choose to ignore us, don't say we didn't warn you!
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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Some parts of Utah County are okay, we lucked out in that we moved to a great street in a pretty good sub division. I will be honest in that my oldest had a terrible time being bullied in school, but in fairness my LDS neighbors were horrified when they found out why( I had asked them for the Articles of Faith to show my son that the LDS kids who bullied him were not being good stewards of their faith and were just being mean). He was also bullied by 2 non LDS kids. Only twice have the Elders stopped by and we have been in our house for 4 yrs. Utah really is what you make of it, yes there are days I want to scream but its pretty much only when I am driving. One thing you have to remember about Utah is not to take things to heart.

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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I will say that I miss the diversity of my home state Utah County is not very diverse at all, but my oldest would not be able to handle the inversion during the winter in Salt Lake.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Aw what the heck ...

I am tired of telling people not to move to Provo if they have any qualms about being NON LDS, and worrying about their kids !

Simple solution ?

If you can't beat them, Join them !!
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