We were in Minnesota this weekend, so we visited the Viriginia, MN ward. We only got to sacrament meeting due to their Sunday school and such starting at 9:30 and because we were being slackers. We had been having a tough time getting up at a consistent time while we were camping.
The building is tan brick. It feels like a small chapel like maybe the building is a phase 2 building. There were just enough people to almost fill the little chapel. Since it covers such a large area I was a little suprised at how few people there were. Some people talked in their testimonies about how it seemed weird to call the congregation a ward, since they were a branch for so long. There were a ward several years ago when we came here, so that was odd to hear people still talking about the days of being a branch. It sounded like their temple is the Chicago temple.
Fast and Testimony Meeting
My son was very excited as they blessed the sacrament, since one of the priests looked like Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees. That is one of our kids favorite shows. Not that this fact has anything to do with anything spiritual that we may have taken from the meeting, but it still made me chuckle.
I have always enjoyed the fact that the church is uniform and world wide, so that when we travel we do not have to figure out if we are going to find a good church when we get there. One of my wife's uncles also commented on that as we talked about going to church. As the members of the Virginia ward talked in testimony meeting today several of them also talked about having the church with them whereever they went. That was interesting, since it was something that was on my mind and heart.
There were several people talking about patriotic things. It was good to sing the Star Spangled Banner.