Kristine A returns to share with us her thoughts about why Rexburg is home to the best ward in the world.
Last week I was strolling around my neighborhood near dusk and ran into a friendly neighbor, let’s call him “Bro. Smith”. As we visited I shared that my husband and I were building a home 5 blocks away (.5 mile and 2 wards away, in Rexburg measurements) and we’d be moving in a few months. Bro. Smith mentioned how sad it was we had to leave our ward, but at least we were staying in the best stake.
He went on to share that when “Bro. Young” from our ward was Stake President, Elder Packer came up to Rexburg and in confidence with Pres. Young, told him the our Rexburg Stake was THE literal best stake in the Church.
That the Brethren have less to worry about our stake than any other stake. Bro. Packer went on to disclose within the best stake, THIS ward was the best ward of all the wards . . . and that he wouldn’t be surprised in the future if a temple were built within the stake boundaries. So the legend goes that when the Rexburg temple location was announced, lo and behold it was placed within its holy boundaries (let’s not forget temples are built on hills and there’s only one stake on the hill, but I digress . . . ).
I haven’t moved around a lot, but I do figure 18 moves in 13 years in 4 states and 4 time zones amounts to something . . . and all of the wards we have loved, and people mention how wonderful all of them are. When we first moved into this ward our bishop assured us it was the best ward in the Church. We thought that was a little over-confident, but typical of a bishop who loves his ward. We had no idea that people truly, literally thought there actually exists a “best” ward.
Since I have now been assured by the mouth of more than one witness that I’ve found the best, I’d like to propose World Cup Ward Brackets. I’m usually partial to March Madness, but perhaps this is more appropriate for the rankings of righteousness . . . what with the break down of Church Basketball Tourneys and all.
Please make your case for your own ward to be included in the comments below. How is your ward the best, and how would you rank it? Do you think you have the #1 biggest nursery? I will admit this ward is likely to have the greatest musical strings talent in the Church, a 16-piece orchestra for musical Christmas numbers has got to at least be Top Ten. The ward choir is nearing limits for needing tryouts, if there were a Rexburg MoTab – we’d be in the running for that one as well.
I’ll be using my Wizard Cup to finalize the results. May the odds be ever in your favor.