Can you be non-LDS in Ogden?
Valley Girl

Lehi, UT

#21 Jan 6, 2011
My husband moved here in 1993. We love Utah, but the LDS influence cannot be ignored. We live in Huntsville and the entire Ogden valley is not very LDS. I think it is the least LDS area in Weber County. With that being said my children go to St Joes. We call the tuition required to send them to private school "utah tax". I don't want my children to have to be in the minority (not LDS) at school. Furthermore Utah public schools are woefully inadequate. St Joes has allowed us to meet other like minded family's (not necessary Catholic) and has opened our eyes to lots of no- LDS social opportunities. Moving to Ogden and sending your kid to Ogden High like one writer said is just cruel, even without the LDS it is a bad school.
MommaZ

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Jan 7, 2011
You know one thing I really noticed? Not a single LDS bothered to write on this string. I think if even one had said: "Don't worry, not everyone would ostracize you. I welcome you," I would have felt differently. Like I said, I don't know many LDS - and I guess they don't want to know me.
Bong

Ogden, UT

#23 Jan 8, 2011
Good article for you in regards to how the LDS church can influence not only the life of those who believe in it's doctrine, but, those who don't:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/50997967-7...

Hotel in Davis Convention Center struggling without a bar
By dawn house

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Jan 07 2011 04:57PM

"Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, sponsor of the liquor package, said he does not have the support of major "stakeholders" whose support will be needed to change the state’s population formula. Among those objecting are leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which eschews alcohol."

Enjoy!

Utah. Ain't it great?
splibb

Draper, UT

#24 Jan 31, 2011
MommaZ wrote:
Hi. My husband is thinking of taking a job in Ogden, and I am a little nervous. Granted, I haven't known that many LDS, and I certainly do not wish to offend anyone with my ignorance. However, I have heard stories of a certain amount of "intolerance" towards non LDS, or non-religious families.
I think we are a very nice family, and I make it a habit NOT to discuss religion in social situations. I don't want to live where I would be snubbed, or constantly tried to be converted!! Nor do I want my kids to feel uncomfortable. SO - could some non LDS folks in Ogden give me a snapshot of what I might expect?
Thank you.
I am a noon mormon that has lived in Utah all my 53 years. You will be fine in Utah, especially Ogden, Ogden is considered the black sheep of the mormon community. With Provo/Utah county being the golden child. You will be pressured to join for a while but then it just tapers off until you have the few friends that you can trut.

“LOOKING FOR NEW FRIENDS”

Since: Feb 11

OGDEN

#25 Feb 21, 2011
MommaZ wrote:
Hi. My husband is thinking of taking a job in Ogden, and I am a little nervous. Granted, I haven't known that many LDS, and I certainly do not wish to offend anyone with my ignorance. However, I have heard stories of a certain amount of "intolerance" towards non LDS, or non-religious families.
I think we are a very nice family, and I make it a habit NOT to discuss religion in social situations. I don't want to live where I would be snubbed, or constantly tried to be converted!! Nor do I want my kids to feel uncomfortable. SO - could some non LDS folks in Ogden give me a snapshot of what I might expect?
Thank you.
You might try the UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OGDEN at 705 23rd. street,Ogden,Utah.services start at 10:30 A.M. last for an hour,coffe,goodies after.
all welcome regardless of color,nationality,sexual orientation,age or creed.
They welcome persons of all faiths,sexual orientations and have a great sunday school and Youth Outreach program for gay.bi,lesbian and transgender youths also.
all persons,ages are welcome,great choir,coffee munchies after the weeekly 10:30-11:30 am sunday services.
you can come as you are,casual is ok and shorts in the summer are appropriate,you don't have to dress up like a penquin.
love and hugs abound and the focus is on serving all humanity and making social justice changes for the good of all persons on earth.
your welcome to try us on sunday,you'll love the change,a religious experiance for the here and now,benefiting all of mankind.
non mormon

Fairfield, CA

#26 May 10, 2011
Your family would of loved here. Its beautiful lots outdoors if your not mormon they leave you be pretty much. Sorry you got a misrepresentation of Utah. Do visit!
non mormon

Fairfield, CA

#27 May 10, 2011
Most ogden isnt mormon anyways or like the lady above said black sheep non practicing mormons who abandon the church.
Central ogden

Fairfield, CA

#28 May 10, 2011
Not a good choice anyways! Stay out of Ogden City schools
momof3

Coraopolis, PA

#29 Jun 24, 2011
We have been living in Provo and can't wait to get out. We are non denomination but I was raised catholic and can't take being treated like a criminal by LDS church members. My kids age 16,14,12 are outgoing wonderful kids but the last eight years spent in Provo have been very hard on them. Kids have flat out told them we can't hang out with you or for my younger ones we can't play with you or come to your house etc. Even our longtime neighbours are still stand offish. Anyway thinking of moving to South Ogden above Weber State University and wondering what any of you might think of this area for non members...also need some input about the Charter school downtown or the catholic school. I am a bit frightened to make the change but can't watch my kids suffer in Provo anymore. I would appreciate any input. Thank You...
Facts facts facts

United States

#30 Jun 26, 2011
non mormon wrote:
Your family would of loved here. Its beautiful lots outdoors if your not mormon they leave you be pretty much. Sorry you got a misrepresentation of Utah. Do visit!
WRONG! NOT!
I grew up here lived here 48 yrs. Mormons are not friendly to non mormons. I know from 48 yrs of experience.
redbaroniii

AOL

#31 Jun 29, 2011
MommaZ wrote:
Hi. My husband is thinking of taking a job in Ogden, and I am a little nervous. Granted, I haven't known that many LDS, and I certainly do not wish to offend anyone with my ignorance. However, I have heard stories of a certain amount of "intolerance" towards non LDS, or non-religious families.
I think we are a very nice family, and I make it a habit NOT to discuss religion in social situations. I don't want to live where I would be snubbed, or constantly tried to be converted!! Nor do I want my kids to feel uncomfortable. SO - could some non LDS folks in Ogden give me a snapshot of what I might expect?
Thank you.
I was born and raised in Riverdale, left Utah in 1965 to join the Navy. Looking back, it is important to have your kids in a gentile school, church school,(St. Paul's is the best low cost school) so they can have acceptance before they get into High school, Bonneville High is the most gentile friendly. Utah is a good place to live once your next door Mormons know for sure you won't join the LDS. The best friends are "Jack Mormons" they say they are LDS but don't pay tithes. I intend to return Ogden, Farr West for retirement.
redbaroniii

AOL

#32 Jun 29, 2011
momof3 wrote:
We have been living in Provo and can't wait to get out. We are non denomination but I was raised catholic and can't take being treated like a criminal by LDS church members. My kids age 16,14,12 are outgoing wonderful kids but the last eight years spent in Provo have been very hard on them. Kids have flat out told them we can't hang out with you or for my younger ones we can't play with you or come to your house etc. Even our longtime neighbours are still stand offish. Anyway thinking of moving to South Ogden above Weber State University and wondering what any of you might think of this area for non members...also need some input about the Charter school downtown or the catholic school. I am a bit frightened to make the change but can't watch my kids suffer in Provo anymore. I would appreciate any input. Thank You...
South Ogden is OK for gentiles. Riverdale is better, lots of Air Force folks there. You may want to check out St. Pauls (my old school) cost is less than the Catholic schools.

“I Love My Life!”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#33 Dec 7, 2011
I grew up there. We are catholic and black, so it wasn't the best experience for me. As soon as I graduated high school, I left to attend college out of state. My husband loves it every time we visit. He wanted to move there after he retired from the military, but I didn't want my kids to have the same experience I did. We were in south Ogden. Nice area, but you couldn't pay me to live there. I have met many LDS after leaving Utah. They are nothing like Utah Mormons. I have LDS neighbors here, and feel more welcome than I ever did in Utah. I think it is because it is so closed culturally. Just my opinion.
barb

Salt Lake City, UT

#34 Dec 7, 2011
Layton is the most loving place I have ever lived.
I would recommend it to anyone of any faith. Remember, many people who ask you if you're LDS are just trying to help you fit in if you are not. And, because so many are LDS there are a lot more teens for your kids to hang out with who DON'T drink, who DON'T do drugs, and who really DON'T want pre-marital sex. I think that's a good thing.

“I Love My Life!”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#35 Dec 8, 2011
barb wrote:
Layton is the most loving place I have ever lived.
I would recommend it to anyone of any faith. Remember, many people who ask you if you're LDS are just trying to help you fit in if you are not. And, because so many are LDS there are a lot more teens for your kids to hang out with who DON'T drink, who DON'T do drugs, and who really DON'T want pre-marital sex. I think that's a good thing.
This is true however not all LDS kids abstain. Just from past experience. But in general yes. They are nice. It is hard not to Be LDS in and LDS environment.
Matthew

Salt Lake City, UT

#36 Mar 28, 2012
Yeah, I'm glad you decided not to move.^_^; This being from someone who had a very good social life in colorado, I've only made a few friends here in the 3 4 years I've lived here. Even if you don't really bring up religion, everyone else does because they live it. You know, I don't really think it's bad to feel that way about god, but the point is that 90% of the people around you are Mormon and for them religion is a safe topic because there aren't many apposing views around. That being said, I'd love to move away as soon as I can, but I'm not in the position. And as for the "city life" and all the "Fun things to do" that people have mentioned, there really isn't anything fun to do outside of physical activities. Frankly, I'm not super physical because of several health issues I have and there isn't anything fun to do during the week. I can't believe no one's mentioned that almost everything closes at 9 here every night... or that nothing seems to be open until 11a. But yes, that is just the perspective of someone who moved here when he was 17 and has been miserable ever since. lol
Starman

Sacramento, CA

#37 Jan 16, 2013
Ogden is involved in Sandy Hook Psyop.

According to Intelius, Alissa Parker of Ogden Utah is 31 years old and married to Robert Parker. Also according to Intelius a reverse search shows Robert Parker of Ogden Utah, Sandy Hook CT and New Fairfield CT is related to the above Alissa Parker. However, said Robert Parker is listed as 59 years old!
meh

Ogden, UT

#38 Feb 8, 2013
Anyone thinking of moving here that is non-lds, DON'T! This place is horrible! The most hateful people i've ever come across and i've lived many places. I REFUSE to raise my child here! Nobody has mentioned the atrocious air pollution on here. It's REALLY bad! Most people out here are NOT healthy, although they think they are. You shouldn't be able to "see" the air, it's grey/brown most of the time. Every person i've met has at least 1 person in their family with cancer and/or ms. If you are not lds, they WILL act as though you don't exist. This is after they badger the crap out of you to join their cult. There is NO culture here what-so-ever. My friends from the south won't come to visit for fear of being injured for not being white. No joke. Unless you have a bizarre urge to want to shovel a foot or more of snow every time you want out of your driveway, or to feel flat out hated because you don't "believe" like the rest of your neighbors, i'd run FAR FAR AWAY from this place! Oh, if you are not lds, good luck finding work!
meh

Ogden, UT

#39 Feb 8, 2013
Also, take the time to check out the meth rates, especially among mormon youth. I used to be a very social person who could make friends anywhere, not anymore! I can't wait to leave!
Wish you luck

Calico Rock, AR

#40 Mar 26, 2013
MommaZ wrote:
You know one thing I really noticed? Not a single LDS bothered to write on this string. I think if even one had said: "Don't worry, not everyone would ostracize you. I welcome you," I would have felt differently. Like I said, I don't know many LDS - and I guess they don't want to know me.
this is so funny, I'm LDS and live in Arkansas. I welcome you here, however, I got on this page to prove a point here at work. Topix in Arkansas is full of hate and discontent. I said let me go to topix out in Utah an prove that they don't use topix to be negative. This was the first one I found. I've been on 5 other towns and found nothing. Why? Because your typical LDS , doesn't waste time on here being negative. They aren't rude or mean. They care about family and what's best for there family. If someone doesn't agree with there lifestyle , why spend time with them. And more than likely they don't even know topix exist . I personally feel sick to my stomach ever time I look , even if its to prove a point. Notice where most of your negativity comes from. I have found in my travels, that most people treat you in the manner in which you treat them. Good luck finding a good place to live.
P.S. you would hate AR, here it's the Baptist , Methodist , Church of Christ, Lutheran , Catholics , Pentecost , and several more, and I promise, there is a lot of judging , back stabbing , and everyone thinks they are mistreated by one of the others. I am LDS, and I am nice and serve them everyday. They know I love them.(well I probably have made a couple people mad, cuz I am human, but I try and apologize if I do)

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