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Mormom Temple
Mormom Temple in Salt Lake City
Last week I was on a tour to all sorts of beautiful places like the Ruby Mountains, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Kodachrome and Zion. There was a lunch stop in Salt Lake City, where we got a chance to get a guided tour through the Mormom Temple grounds.

As I was talking to our guides I learned some interesting things about their system, not the religious system but organizational system. They have a massive international exchange program, where people sign up to become a missionary for two years in a random country. They send in their resume to Salt Lake City Headquarters which is then prayed over and then they get a letter inviting them to pack their suitcase and go to whatever country they’ve been chosen to go to. There’s a rumor that the cutest girls from all over the world get invited to Utah, which might explain why they also need to attach a photo. 🙂

The big question I was left with after the tour was: how do they get through the obnoxious US immigration system? They are doing something for two years that can only be defined as labor and it’s certainly not the kind of skilled labor H1B visas call for. Could there be some special religion related visa?