Good Church; Bad Church-State

Kudos to the LDS Church for helping Haitians following the earthquake – $4.25 million in aid and counting!

No kudos LDS Church/Utah for having lots of members/citizens having their homes foreclosed upon. Utah is just trailing my state, Florida, in foreclosures, but comes in at #5 overall. What gives Utah? (And please don’t turn this around and say, “What gives Florida?” We all know that Florida is just wrong…) Of course, someone is going to say that this is not a Mormon problem. And I’m really not going to say that it necessarily is. But there has to be some Mormon component to it given the large percentage of Utah’s population that is Mormon. Just saying…


I'm a college professor and, well, a professional X-Mormon. Thus, ProfXM. I love my Mormon family, but have issues with LDS Inc. And I'm not afraid to tell LDS Inc. what I really think... anonymously, of course!

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3 Responses

  1. annegb says:

    I’ve thought Florida was crazy since the election and also Elio Gonzales. No offense, but I got that impression.

    I didn’t know that about Utahns. I wonder if because of the family emphasis more people were pressured to buy homes than could actually afford it. Then, too, wages in Utah are famously low. The church itself pays slave wages to its custodians, etc.
    And people seem to have large families.
    But like you, I was proud of how we pitched in for Haiti. I was proud before I knew it happened because I knew it would happen.

  2. Seth R. says:

    A lot of un-backed assumptions in that article. Color me highly skeptical.

    I find that Utah’s patterns of financial distress don’t seem to differ much from general trends in places like Colorado and elsewhere.

    Too much of the article focuses only on Utah without attempting to understand the trends in other states, or national trends in general.

    The article also shifts halfway through from talking about foreclosure to talking about bankruptcy. Two separate topics that seem to be sloppily equated here.

    I didn’t find the article all that illuminating about much of anything.

  3. Parker says:

    The article may not be particularly illuminating, but there are some things you expect in Utah. One, you expect to the health of Utah citizens to be superior to that of the rest of the country due obedience to the Word of Wisdom. Second, you expect the financial health to be better because of all of the lessons on provident living, and the promises made for living the law of tithing.

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