This last summer my youngest daughter moved to Eagle Mountain Utah. They are now homeowners, and my four grandkids have a yard and huge basement to play in. For those of you not from Utah, Eagle Mountain is about half way between Salt Lake City and Provo, West of Saratoga Springs. It is also uniquely Mormon, and I use Mormon vice LDS for a reason.
From my daughter’s back porch, I can see 10 LDS church steeples. Thats right, ten. That would be three stakes, or about 15,000 members. From that porch, I can see more LDS homes than in the whole state of Maine. In the photo below the title is my daughter’s entire ward. There are 155 homes in her subdivision, and all but five are LDS. So 150 homes make one ward.
I can also see homes that belong to the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB), one of the more famous polygamous groups in Utah that helps define the rich Mormon heritage in the area. One of the newest LDS Chapels in the area is build right next to several AUB “compounds”. These houses look like big homes from a distance, but as you get closer you see they look more like an apartment building, with multiple doors.
On the right is the LDS chapel, and the left one of the AUB buildings. They share a fence line!
Here is a new home almost complete. As you can see it almost looks like an apartment! The AUB homes are marked with lots of cars (up to 10), lots of kids toys in the yard, and a large playground out back, some reviling those at parks. I’m sure my grandson goes to school with some of their kids. It is an interesting combination of the old and the new living in apparent harmony.
Eagle Mountain is even more Mormon than the Provo/Orem area. I wonder how that affects the culture dynamics of church there. The bishop in my daughter’s ward asked that all Home Teachers be assigned families they can see from their front porch. They announced in Priesthood Meeting last summer that the community pool was closed for a few days due to green stuff growing in it.
Is this good for the members that live here, or does it give them a false perception of what the “church” is? How does this affect future general authorities that grow up in this environment?