The Drive For A New Utah

It's not your father's Land of Mormon. The Beehive State looks to modernize, diversify and find work for its kids

The way in to the office of Gordon Hinckley, the president of the Mormon church, leads through long carpeted corridors with wood-paneled walls and security doors that swing open noiselessly with no visible movement from the guards. It is like walking into a David Lynch movie. In these hushed precincts, groups of gray-haired men in identical black suits pass by, beaming smiles like undertakers. Everyone is scrupulously polite, but as a visitor, one feels that one has been dropped into the middle of a plot, without knowing the beginning or the end.

Hinckley, Mormons believe, is in direct contact with God...

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