SALT LAKE CITY -- "This is more than a job. This is my life," Betty Pegues says, beaming with pride as the monthly SoulWorks Psychic and Holistic Fair begins at Dancing Cranes Imports on Salt Lake City's east side.
The fair has been going for more than a year now, and the crowds keep coming.
Some come for fun, others seek serious guidance from "light workers" as Betty calls them. They are a small army of men and women who practice various modalities of addressing issues of body, mind, and soul.
Curious customers arriving at the fair are greeted by organizers who ask a few basic questions in an effort to pair them with the light worker who is the best match. There's also a giant board of bios one can study in an effort to match one's self. The fee is the same regardless of whom the customer chooses to see.
From there, candid conversations play out in quiet corners of the store.
Betty said the light workers are there to assist customers on their life journey, whatever that journey may be.
Her own journey is a rather remarkable one. Originally from Chicago, Betty joined many churches in her early life, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which in part, brought her to Utah.
She found success working in noted Salt Lake City restaurants and was a private chef to LDS Church President Howard W. Hunter near the end of his life.
"I was a professional chef for nearly 30 years, and I left that to become a psychic, and everyone was bewildered as to why," she said. "Even
Betty believes her evolving spirituality led her to create a career where "work" would be about the things that matter in her life, and the lives of others.
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