Followers of Utah's Mormonism are giving, brave, strong, hard working, people. Prior to the build-out of the internet and the access to multi-regional information that anyone anywhere has now, there was only one source of information about Utah's Mormonism. Today there are vast differences from colonial Mormonism and what Mormonism claims about it's colonial roots.
Up until recent years, it was traditionally accepted that everyone in Utah was "a Mormon". Today however less than half of Utah's population of 3.2 million are associated with Mormonism in any regular way. In mountain resort-centric regions and even Salt Lake City itself that percentage is substantially less than half. In other more traditional rural Utah communities that percentage might be substantially higher. Overall, those percentages continue to shrink for many reasons. Part of this dynamic trend is because today, critical information about Utah's Mormonisim comes from many vetted sources via the internet, not just one. In many cases these multi-regional, multi-generational sources don't always correlate with the other narrative. For many followers this has caused confusion between generations. These followers also don't always have a way to openly explore what they discover. This contributes to some rough statistics for certain parts of Utah.
Whether you are a Utah business owner or full-time, part-time or seasonal resident, as a "Utahan" you are going to employ, work for, associate with, befriend and depend on your Utah neighbors for critical things. Some of your neighbors may be followers or former followers of Mormonism silently suffering from confusion and undiagnosed stress about these conflicting sources of information. Keeping the conversation going is critical for relief and growth.
Openly sharing my research, perspective and contributions here is my small way of keeping this critical conversation going. I'm not a "writer" and I don't have the luxury of a professional editor so if you click on the link please remember that what you will find is a work in progress.