I talked with an old friend today. He called because he knew I went to BYU and wanted to get my opinion on the Provo/Orem area. He is living in Southern California but a company out in BYU Land is courting him for a position they have open and he wanted to know what I thought.
I told him (among other things) to really consider what he would want in the offer in order to make it worth his while financially and career-wise. But assuming this company eventually does meet his requirements (salary, title, severance, etc.) what do you think of the idea? How would a non-Mormon, non-religious SoCal guy survive in the shadow of Mt. Timpanogas? He does have a family with three small children so he would basically fit in that way, but what about the rest? Would the culture shock be too much? Would the slopes and snowboarding sufficiently supplant the sea and surfing? Can a non-Mormon move out there and be accepted and treated like a normal human being (instead of the “non-member friend”) or is it too much to hope for? What do you recommend I tell him?