Utah Mormon stereotypes examined: #1 There's no place like home
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get to know a couple in my ward better when I had lunch at their house. The husband asked me what I thought of Maine (they being fairly new to the area, themselves) and I mentioned that I'd be happier when it got warmer again and that I did miss my family back in Utah.
He then made some patronizing comment about how Mormon girls can't stand to leave Utah or live very far away.
I didn't have a good retort at the time, but it struck me later what a bizarre thing it was to say.
Utah Mormon stereotype #1: Utah Mormons (or Utah Mormon women) can't stand to leave Utah and/or miss Utah if they do leave.
Actually, this may be often true, but that's only because many people, in general, like living where they grew up or living near family. I know Bostonians who don't want to leave Boston and southerners who are glad to be back in the south and Californians who miss California. It's not a Utah thing and it's not a Mormon thing. (Oh, and the grand irony? I later found out that this couple plans to settle in Texas eventually because — wait for it — his parents live there.)