The meeting in Salt Lake went very well yesterday. It was sort of a touch-feely management training, but I learned a lot. Normally I crash right after lunch, but the class actually held my interest until the end. The only bad part was that the class ended at 3:30 and my flight didn't leave until 7:30. I decided to spend a couple of hours wandering around the city.
I just sort of aimless headed towards the state capitol on various side streets. There was a really nice little path that wound it's way up a steep hill until I eventually popped up right at the capitol building. I then proceeded down to the Mormon Temple a few blocks away. The closer I got the more women I saw in long dresses, the more men in business suits, and the more boys on bicycles wearing white dress shirts and ties. I started to break out in a cold sweat.
There was a big office building near the temple. The gleaming white marble front had a map of the world carved into it like you might see at SPECTRE's headquarters in a James Bond film. It was the head office of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mormon ground zero.
I started pondering what all of this meant as I walked through the immaculately maintained gardens of Temple Square. Everything was clean and neat. It was like a religious Disneyland. Guides wore uniforms that hearkened back to the 1800's. It had a feeling like the Village in "The Prisoner" tv show. It creeped me out a bit but it also made me realize what a community they have built for themselves. It seemed very tight knit. You got this feeling that they would all help each other out in a pinch. There was a lot of money in the buildings around the area. You knew there was definitely tithing going on. I could picture well-educated Mormons starting corporations full of Mormon workers. There was a sense that the church was being run like a corporation and vice versa.
I know I have folks on my FL who are Mormon. This is not a slam against you or your religion. I have a strong dislike for all religions. It's just that my gut feeling was that the LDS church is just a step above something like Scientology. Would you trust a religion that tried to sell itself door-to-door like encyclopedias or vacuums? There also seems to be this exclusivity thing. You're either one of them or nothing. I guess if you were run out of town on a rail with your leader swinging from a tree you would be a little paranoid as well.