The boys from Daybreak, Uhah.

June 10, 2007 at 7:08 pm 3 comments

My 57th birthday is being spent in the new planned community of Daybreak, in the state that our grandson, Sloan calls Uhah. Our daughter Traci and her husband Brandon are living in a new (to them) townhouse in this amazing community smack in the middle of LDS country.  The Jordan Valley, which Daybreak overlooks, is a beautiful area with the Wasatch Mountains all around it. If you remember, the 2002 Winter Olympics were in this area and venues from those games are still all around.  The sun shines almost all the time and today was no exception.

We have been enjoying spending time with our Uhah grandsons and catching up on the transplanting of Traci and Brandon to this area where, by virtue of their Spiritual convictions, they are very much in the minority.

Sunday is a day of rest here in Morman land.  Going anywhere besides church is frowned on so their are few cars on the roads, the stores are virtually empty, if they are even open, and no one is out walking around, except to attend the Ward they are assigned to based on where they live.  In front of the kids house is one huge ward and behind the house is another.  These communities are planned so you can pretty much walk to your meeting place, so if you are out walking you better be going to the Ward or it is pretty much proof that you are not LDS.

We went to church with Traci and Brandon and the boys.  The church they attend is called South Mountain Community Church and it is one of the largest, if not the largest, Christian church in Utah. We attended a service held in the Daybreak Community Center a beautiful new building in this community where the kids live.  I did feel a bit conspicuous as we all walked the two blocks or so to the service but it was probably just babdist paranoia.  This service had live worship and an on-site pastor but the message came via video link from the main campus in Draper. 

This is indeed a mission church.  No where in the United States is there another area where the predominate culture is a religious one.  Everything is Mormon and the vast majority of the people are Mormon and not just in name but rooted into the community by birth and history.

So to try and develop a church that is not only not Mormon but is determined to reach into the Mormon culture in an evangelical way is a huge undertaking, but South Mountain seems to be doing it well.  I was impressed with how hard it is but also how determined they are to reach their community with love and grace.  Everything they say and everything they do is to welcome people to a life of grace and hope out of a life of legalism and despair. The songs they sing and the message they share is loaded with words like faith, grace, hope, joy, peace, all the words that make the Christian faith what it is supposed to be.  One song said it very clearly; “to posess by faith what I could not earn.”  Mormonism is very legalistic and there is little doubt that you progress in it by earning your way.  That idea stands in direct conflict with the truth of the Bible inviting us into a relationship with a Father who came to this earth, lived, died and rose again to give us life without any cost on our part.

What an opportunity for our kids.  When they left Washington for Utah we were very sad and wondered why things had worked out like they did. But now that they are here, serving the Father in this very needy place we know why they are here.  Their purpose is clear, they know what it is and they are entering into it with enthusiasm.  We are very proud of them.

Oh yeah, the boys of Uhah! 

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Entry filed under: Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Jesus, The Father.

35. A Sunday invitation.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael Trostrud  |  August 2, 2007 at 9:08 am

    We loved having you visit. Please be in prayer as we look to embody, manifest, what God is doing in the hearts of people in this valley. We are blessed to have Brandon and Traci, Sloan, Sean and soon Bo. We love ’em all.

    Michael.

  • 2. Kaylee  |  June 11, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Love the pics! I sat down with my little boys to show them the pictures of their friends Seany and Sloan. However, they were much more interested in you! Brendan just kept saying, “that’s my Greg” and Wyatt followed in-suit, “Greg, Greg.” Thought you’d chuckle at that. 🙂
    -K

  • 3. Royal  |  June 11, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the information on Utah, I will definitely be visiting on Sundays. I can only imagine skiing with no one else on the slopes or hitting the Green River, apparently 10,000 fish per mile, with no other anglers. Maybe the Mormons are just helping the rest of us enjoy what God created for us by giving us a whole day just to ourselves. That is awful nice of them.

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