By Rosemary Pollock
Mill Creek Mormons Example of Getting Along with Neighbors
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- An appreciation for each other's beliefs have the
neighbors of the Canyon Rim East Mill Creek neighborhood sharing different
religious customs and events. Putting aside fears and forging into unknown
territory Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Latter-day
Saints are enjoying being together and not using religious affiliation as an
excuse for not getting involved.
"We have been willing to go the extra mile too. You should hear the comments
made in my church," neighbor Christine Balderas said. "Do we disagree on
issues? Yes! Do we sometimes say or hear thing? Sometimes. Do we let it
fester and destroy our Heaven and Earth relationships with our neighbors?
Never! It just isn't worth the price," Balderas said.
A recent Catholic communion was attended by nearly the entire street. A
bishop from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended Mass in
celebration of the event. "It was a wonderful experience for our children to
be involved in and to learn about their friends's special religious event,"
An appreciation of each other's beliefs has been gained by participating in
what is now a pretty routine custom of supporting each others religous and
non-religious events. Neighborhood ice cream socials, children's street
plays, caroling parties, summer camping trips and Christmas service projects
have offered opportunities for service and support in times of grief or
Many neighbors who aren't members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints support Church social events, baptisms, children's Primary
programs as well as missionary farewells and homecomings. Three neighbors
have been Cub Scout leaders in the LDS ward Scouting program and have
contributed many hours of service despite coming from different religious
"My Episcopal neighbor contributes money regularly to our LDS ward Relief
Society, after women on the street gave round-the-clock care to his wife
while he was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack," Balderas said.
With so many characteristics and life goals that are shared, the neighbors
celebrate their commonality rather than focus on what separates them. "Both
adults and children on our street care immensely about each other and by so
doing, we have grown to appreciate and love our differences. It is nice to
come home," Balderas said.
Mill Creek Neighbors Celebrate Tolerance
Salt Lake Tribune 19May01 D4
By Christine W. Balderas: Special to the Tribune