Religious Restrictions, Salt Lake City
The official name of the Mormon Church (or LDS) is
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
It was founded by Joseph Smith in the state of New York on April 6, 1830.
It is known by outsiders for the following things:
1) The Osmond family... and now Mitt Romney
2) Restriction on alcoholic beverages..
3) Inhospitable toward people of color because under the racial restrictions that lasted from the presidency of Brigham Young until 1978, persons with any black African ancestry could not hold the priesthood in the LDS Church and could not participate in some temple ordinances.
4) Genealogists know them for the extensive research library...
5) Door to door efforts to convert others (required of all church members)
6) Polygamy. Polygamy was practiced by Brigham Young and other elders of the church until it came time to join the United States as the State of Utah. ...
[4 and 5 because they believe that they are the only true church. They want to rebaptize living persons.]
As far as polygamy goes, after the Wilford Woodruff Manifesto eliminating polygamy as a doctrine of the church, President Benjamin Harrison's manifesto which offered amnesty to polygamists ended Utah's half-century struggle for statehood.
In 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley made the following statement about the Church's position on plural marriage:
"This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church. . . . If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church."
There are probably still people in the Church who believe in and practice polygamy. Periodically there are newspaper articles or TV shows that explore this possibility.
But this is no danger to tourists either. They're not recruiting for polygamy.
There has been a lot of reaction to #3 through misreading what I have written.
Embarr Wed Jul 16, 2008 04:34 EDT
Number 3 is incorrect. It's true about those with black African ancestry not holding the priesthood though. And number 6 is a beaten, dead horse when it comes to the LDS church.
wilocrek Wed Feb 6, 2008 22:02 EST
Interesting that your "Religious Restriction" tip was rated so high, considering how biased and slanted your tip really is. I'm from SLC and Asian and have never felt discriminated against until I read your bigoted tip. Thanks for that.
kasco3 Mon Apr 2, 2007 20:30 EDT
This "statement" of discriminations against persons of color is simply NOT true!! I am agnostic; NOT Mormon; but I have never seen it viewed in this community as being acceptable to be intolerant of another because of race.
You need to re-read the tip. Before 1978 there was discrimination in the church. What is true of the church doesn't necessarily apply to the community. Recognizing that there was discrimination is not the same as ADVOCATING discrimination. It is a fact that it existed in the past in the church
The church does have alot of impact on the community, but it cetianly is not run by it. Most everything is open on sunday. Smoking and drinking are both acceptable practices, however it is illegal to smoke inside any public building. Polygamy is both illegal and persecuted. Also you can drive on any road or freeway in Utah at ANY time you like.
there is some sort of law in salt lake that says that bars with a certain type of license have to be members only
if you should run into one of these places you need to become a member or be sponsored as a guest by another member
never fear though it's really only a technicality as the doorman will usually be happy to sponsor you as his guest - or you can usually catch a member going in the door to sponsor you
Be aware that volunteers from the LDS church patrol the Temple Square area. While they can be quite helpful in answering questions regarding the area and their belief system, many of them are there simply to prosthelytize and they can be persistant. Unless you want church representatives to pay a visit to your home or call you on the phone, don't give out your address or phone number. The best thing to do is to look like you know where you're going and avoid lingering idley for too long, which is a shame because it's a really pretty area.
Just to append the previous comment made by poopot -- Polygamy is not practiced without persecution in SLC. Polygamy is just as illegal in Utah as it is in any other state and is NOT practiced by Mormons. Mormons who practice polygamy are quickly excommunicated from the church. Now, poopot, are Mormons really to be considered a 'danger'? Sorry, I just felt the need to clarify a few things in order to avoid the propogation of untrue stereotypes.
Salt Lake City is mostly white and run by the LDS church (Mormons). Most activities are closed on Sunday. Smoking and drinking are discouraged. Polygamy is practiced without pursecution. Most of the roads are under construction because of the Olympics. The main freeway through Salt Lake City is closed from 10pm to 6am.