13 ways you’ll be stereotyped for living in Utah


1. “Are you Mormon?”

People will automatically assume you are Mormon, even though 40% of Utahns are not. People will also forget that asking people about their religion isn’t a polite question to follow third behind “What is your name?” and “Where are you from?” when you first meet.

2. “But Mormons aren’t supposed to eat chocolate, it has caffeine!”

If you are Mormon, people will assume you are a certain kind of Mormon. They’ll tell you what you believe. But to keep the record straight, I’ve never met a Mormon who didn’t eat chocolate.

3. “Utah… That is by California, right?”

We aren’t a flyover state. Next time, try visiting our five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands) or our forty+ state parks on your next layover. We can hold our own.

4. “Don’t people in Utah put carrots in their Jell-O?”

Jell-O is a thing. Sometimes mandarin oranges and marshmallows and whipped cream are involved, but it doesn’t mean everyone is enjoying green Jell-O as a daily side dish.

5. “How many moms did you have growing up?”

Poll a hundred Utahns. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has ever even met a polygamist. Yet, this fun fact from the 1800s persists as the most current event most out-of-staters can recall.

6. “You ski, right?”

Some of us snowboard, thank you very much. And some of us also don’t have hundreds of dollars to dump at the resorts on a season pass.

7. “Do you hate gay people?”

Most people in Utah tend to be kinder and more open-minded than outsiders credit. The Advocate named Salt Lake City as one of the “Queerest Cities in America” in 2016. Salt Lake City also elected its first openly gay mayor last November.

8. “Wait, I thought you Utahns were nice.”

We are, most of the time. See point one and two if you feel we got off on the wrong foot.

9. “How can you possibly support Donald Trump?”

Even if Utah remains one of the most conservative states in the U.S., Utah is not Trump’s fan club. He didn’t win the Primary, and many conservative Utahns can’t stand him. Some people speculate that this may be the first year Utah swings blue since 1964.

10. “Do you have a Bump-It?”

Not all of us walk around with infomercial hair accessories and triangle-shaped hairdos.

11. “It must be nice to get so much fresh air.”

I agree. It would be nice to get some fresh air. But have you ever heard of an inversion?

12. “How many kids do you have?”

Utah has the highest birth rates in the country. However, that doesn’t mean everyone is popping out thirteen kids by the time they are thirty.

13. “Don’t you have a year’s worth of food stored up for the end of the world?”

Okay. I admit it. I have some canned beans and powdered milk stashed under my bed. But where are you going to run to when the zombies come?


13 Ways to Prepare for Hyperinflation

A mom could get whiplash trying to keep track of the widely differing opinions of financial experts. Many claim that America is headed toward deflation, others claim a deflationary depression is on its’ way, and yet many voices are crying, “Get ready for hyperinflation!” Hyperinflation is particularly dangerous for families because the prices of necessary goods (think fuel, energy, and food) will skyrocket, leaving little money, if any, for anything else.

Most experts go into great detail explaining why hyperinflation may be on its way, and there is plenty of blame to spread around, but as a mom, my primary concern is how to prepare for this nightmare if, indeed, it becomes a reality. Here are some common sense steps that will help you and your family be in a more stable position

  1. Pay off any debt that has an adjustable interest rate as quickly and as soon as possible. Unsecured credit card debt, in particular, is vulnerable to increased interest rates that would demand more and more of a family’s income, already strapped to cover the most basic necessities.
  2. While interest rates are at historic lows, investigate the possibility of refinancing your mortgage. If your mortgage rate is already low, and fixed, focus debt repayment on anything that has an adjustable rate.
  3. Consider ways to decrease your transportation expenses. Should gasoline prices soar out of control, you may be very happy for a job that is within walking or biking distance. Can you sell that second or third vehicle and pocket the savings in gas, upkeep and insurance? Be strategic and purposeful in deciding which vehicles to keep, sell, and/or purchase.
  4. Never buy new if you can help it. Craigslist, eBay, Freecycle, resale shops, and garage sales offer nearly everything you’ll ever need. Refuse to pay retail and use the savings elsewhere.
  5. Have a back-up plan for every major appliance in your home. If electricity prices become outrageous, do you have everything necessary for drying clothes on a clothesline, washing clothes by hand, and an old fashioned dish-drainer or two?
  6. Visit local coin shops and become educated about purchasing gold and silver. It’s easy to make poor decisions in a panic, and this is no time to lose money making investments in the unknown. As the dollar loses its value, precious metals increase in value. Ferfal of Surviving Argentina says, “Not a day goes by when Argentinians who had money in the bank before the collapse don’t wish they had bought gold.”
  7. Continue stocking up on food and household supplies. When prices increase, this will give you a much-needed cushion of time. The price of food always increases during hyperinflation.
  8. If restaurant meals are part of your routine, cutting back is one of the easiest steps you can take to save money and learn how to make more meals from scratch. That will be especially important if you ever need to rely on your stored food.

  • Have a passport for every member of your family, just in case. This isn’t paranoia, just a precaution if you ever need to leave the country. Hyperinflation will affect government operations, and this is one document you can’t easily get from a local source.
  • Discover new ways for your family to earn money. I’ve written about this before here, here, and here, but every member of the family should have a way of earning a little extra money. A side business that involves everyone is even better.
  • Consider how you might establish sustainable sources of food and water. This will involve gardening, planting fruit-bearing trees, and perhaps even purchasing land with a natural source of water. There is no survival without food and water, so these should be a top priority.
  • Beef up your home’s security and your own personal security. Empty store shelves, scarce resources, and overwhelmed law enforcement are common in countries where hyperinflation is a fact of life. Proactive steps in this area just make sense.
  • Stay positive. The future is unknown, but what is known is the importance of family, friends, and a positive mental attitude. Survival experts say this is the key to surviving difficult circumstances. You might as well start practicing now!
  • If hyperinflation never occurs, you’ll be enjoying a debt-free lifestyle, with investments in precious metals, stored food and supplies to rotate into your family’s daily life, and a secure home or apartment. Being a SurvivalMom is being a smart mom, and smart means being proactive and postponing that panic attack for another day when you’re not so busy!


    2. Patriotism is a big deal

    The national anthem is serious business over there. They even have something called ‘The Flag Code’ which tells citizens how they should behave when the national anthem is played, although you won’t actually get in trouble for breaching it. The most important things include standing up, facing the flag (if you can see one) and putting your right hand on your heart. There’s no mention of singing but most Americans tend to join in with real gusto. According to YouGov, 41% of US citizens think America is the best place in the world – more than any other country.


    13 Ways Pornography Leaks into Your Home (and How to Stop It)

    A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two young kids to a neighborhood party. When we arrived, we scouted the food, grabbed something tasty, and made our way over to a couple of neighbors we recognized from the ward.

    After talking for a while, somehow the conversation turned to our kids and the schools in our area. Since our son is getting ready to enter the public education system, we discussed local preschools, favorite teachers, and the general atmosphere at the elementary school.

    And that's when it happened.

    Our neighbor (and fellow ward-member) told us the story of how her young boy (he's only in the second grade) was exposed to pornography.

    Pornography… in the second grade.

    I looked over at my son and daughter. Two of the most precious people in my life. My thoughts raced. How was I going to protect them? How could I keep them from being exposed to such disgusting filth at such a young age? How could I keep them innocent for as long as possible?

    As I've had a few weeks to recover from the initial shock of the moment, I realize it's impossible to put my children in a bubble and protect them from everything bad in the world (even though I plan to try my hardest for as long as I can).

    But I can make a plan to keep pornography out of my home.

    As Sister Reeves reminded us in the April 2014 general conference:

    In this article, you'll find 13 ways pornography may be leaking into your home without you even knowing it. We've also included a few recommendations on how to fix any leaks that may be causing spiritual damage to your family.


    1. Racist Rules of Citizenship

    You must be a United States citizen to vote in federal and state elections. Theoretically, to become a citizen you either have to be born in the United States or go through a naturalization process and be approved.

    I say theoretically, because citizenship and suffrage has only ever been guaranteed for white men.

    The United States has a very long, racist history of determining who is allowed to be a citizen. And for many People of Color, citizenship did not equal voting rights.

    Although Black men were technically citizens and allowed to vote with the Reconstruction Amendments , grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and literacy tests prevented many from exercising this right.

    Although they were granted citizenship in 1924, many Native Americans could not vote. In 1882, Chinese Americans couldn’t become citizens and couldn’t vote. By 1922, Japanese Americans and Indian Americans were deemed nonwhite, they were also banned from becoming citizens and couldn’t vote.

    And while white women gained the right to vote in 1920, many of them actively protested giving the same right to Black people, in spite of the work of the many active Black women suffragists.

    So it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that laws were actively passed for citizens of color to be able to exercise their right to vote. These laws included the McCarran-Walter Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 .


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