Maybe I should have said Salt Lake City is not like Mecca. For those who are unfamiliar with Islam’s holy city, one of the ways Islam is able to keep it holy is by only allowing Muslims inside the city.
At an ex-Mormon gathering I attended recently I heard more than once what a horrible place Salt Lake City must be to grow up in. Now this was coming from ex-Mormons who had not lived there, or anywhere in Utah. Having grown up in the Salt Lake Valley and lived, for about ten, years in Salt Lake as a former Mormon, I get a bit defensive.
Being an L.D.S. teen in the Salt Lake Valley is fairly similar to being a teen in any other city of that size.