- After living in Utah for 3 months in 1991 my landlord told me I was "unpure" (I think he meant impure) and I was so baffled, I did not even know how to respond. My friend stepped in and explained that I wasn't Mormon, at which point the landlord profusely apologized. What I got from that is it is ok to bully your fellow Mormons.
- I was told at a job interview that I would not be hired for a position because I was not LDS (Mormon). I was probably 23 or so at the time and I was livid - and I felt horrible. I felt like there was something dirty about me and I hated that someone else could make me feel that way. Nevermind that his remark was illegal, in my opinion it was mean.
- One of my best friends was marrying a woman - someone I had set him up with - in the LDS Temple and I was not allowed to go to the wedding (if you don't know about the Temple, you can look it up). I was really hurt - I was worthy enough to pick out his future wife, but not to attend his wedding. (Sidenote: this couple later divorced, so I now forgive him :) )
While in San Antonio, both Steve and I secretly longed to return to Logan - and these yearnings of mine were accompanied with the thought, "What the bleep!?" (Yes, it was "bleep.") We kept our longings to ourselves for awhile and then Steve found an opportunity to teach in Logan and the rollercoaster started. I wanted to return to Logan, but I also hated Logan...so one minute I felt relief at going back to a familiar place and the next minute I was in tears thinking we were nuts to take our impressionable child to a place that had allowed the above things to happen to me...and Utah has the highest rate of many bad things! We were going to scar our child for life!!
The first few months in Logan were like living in the Twilight Zone - I'd been in these exact places before, yet I was different. I think it's like that for anyone who attempts to return home - you are not the same and it's an odd feeling to be back in a place in which you once resided.
(Ah, I think I will leave this as is...to be continued....)