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Text excerpt from log report for Day 13:

This involuntary tour through the side streets of these two towns gave us a somewhat closer look at traditional Mormon life. Many of the family homes we passed looked unfinished - an indication that Mormons tend to expand their homes until they run out of money. We learned that Mormons hardly ever take out a loan to make an addition to a home. Instead, they take pride in the fact that they rely on each other in home construction. Interestingly for us, we found out that the land is owned by the Mormon Church, which is organized like a co-operative. The mayor also explained to us that, under community rules and customs, any widow must move out of her house into a smaller home in order to make room for another big family.

Picture: Religous freedom in the United States
Picture: The Mormon Temple in St. George, Utha

The irregular and quite unusual style of the homes in this town is a result of the fact that occupants extend their houses as the number of children increases, using different materials. This form of home construction produces considerably large and spacious houses. (The numerous children's bikes in the gardens were another indication of the large number of children living in each of these homes). The Mormons' old-fashioned, uniform clothing is also striking. In general they all wear clothes which cover the entire body. It seems to be obligatory for women to wear skirts or dresses, and for men to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts.

Our bus tour through Colorado City left us with the impression that we had visited a poor and underdeveloped settlement, vaguely reminiscent of Third World towns. Hardly any road we used was paved, many streets were dotted with potholes and little ditches. But we did notice straight away that all the streets were extremely wide, a fact we had discussed earlier that day during our visit to St. George.


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