I’m late to the discussion, but living in Vegas gives me an interest (and a bias).]]>
But the slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is offensive to me, and I would think it would be offensive to anyone with a moral compass. If I lived there, I’d be tempted to move just becuase of that slogan.
And yes, the contrast between the strip and the temple is striking, and intentional I believe, since the temple has a distant view of the lights of the strip. It’s reminiscent of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life.]]>
I was in town for the NAB convention a few years back. I had to pick up a gift so I went to the Deseret Book in Green Valley (there are I think 5 Deseret Book stores in Las Vegas). I got into a conversation with the clerk at the register. He worried about the things that are mentioned above, but he also said “I would never live anywhere else. My family has been here for nearly 100 years. We have our Zion in the midst of Babylon”. Interesting.
Drew Carey: “Las Vegas is everything that’s right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They’ve effectively legalized everything there. You don’t have to gamble if you don’t want to. There’s tons of churches in Vegas, too: You’ll see a church right next to a casino. But a lot of people like gambling, so they make money off it. Nobody forces you to put money in a machine and pull the handle. But the fact is they allow it. Nevada’s one of the most conservative states in the Union, but you can do what you want in Vegas and nobody judges you.”
Amen, Brother Carey. Amen.]]>
But much of it is. Amazing chinese, mongolian, korean, thai, filipino and other ethnic food is available just off the strip (spring mtn and Valley view).
Next time – check out the springs preserve, an amazing desert demonstration garden, historical museum and interpretive site. Red rock, Hoover dam.
Of course you can always go see the remaining mormon colonies, or better yet, the destroyed colony of st. david, which was flooded by the building of hoover dam, but is now uncovered due to the drought.]]>