Salt Lake City left a memorable impression on me in a few ways. First and foremost while couch surfing I attended my first ever baseball game in a stadium with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Secondly Salt Lake City is home to the Mormon religion (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and while not religious myself I do occasionally find the idea of religion fascinating. Lastly I did a brewery tour of Epic Brewery and I can confirm they have named themselves appropriately.
Can’t remember who was playing, does it matter? We had great weather and plenty of beer and the awesome atmosphere of a live sport venue.
One of the interesting things about Salt Lake City is that it is full of Mormons – those who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I understand it the Mormons founded the city back in 1847; as a place of their own where they could escape persecution. Since Joseph Smith Jr. first published the Book of Mormon seventeen years earlier and started accumulating followers other Americans ostracised them and repeatedly drove them away. They were kicked out of Ohio, Missouri and Illinois (Where the founder Joseph Smith and his brother were murdered while being held under treason charges). Brigham Young took over leadership of the group and later officially incorporated the church. Today there are over fourteen million followers and the church is estimated to be worth over $30,000,000,000 (Thirty Billion).
We walked the grounds of the Salt Lake Temple and watched the free movie on Joseph Smith Jr. and the founding of the church. I would say at the core of the Mormon religion is the belief in Joseph Smith Jr. as a modern day prophet who spoke with God.
Epic Brewing Company
My last memorable experience in Salt Lake City was a tour of Epic Brewery with a few other beer enthusiasts who were all part of the Salt Lake City couch surfing network. Epic is a new brewery, they brew many varieties of full strength beers (because anything else is lame) and the head brewer Kevin Cromton who gave us our tour is awesome.
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