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Praise and Profits

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The Mormon temple in downtown Salt Lake City.

By Tasha Cook

Salt Lake City, UT – Landlocked and sparsely populated, Utah might seem like an unlikely place to find speakers fluent in 90 percent of the world's written languages. But the state is home to hundreds of thousands of Mormons who have served as missionaries overseas. As KUER's Tasha Cook reports, Utah's polyglot population has attracted global enterprise and paid huge dividends to the state so much so, that Utah's new governor wants to transform Utah into a major language hub. This report is part of Think Global, Public Radio's week of special coverage

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