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I’ve been going to a singles ward for a total of four years now. I think I have come to take for granted the reverence and peace during the meetings.
I mention this only because today I wasn’t able to experience that reverence. I went to a nearby family ward this morning because I had to leave shortly thereafter to get to the airport to catch my flight to San Francisco.
There is only one word to describe a sacrament meeting service in a family ward: pandemonium. I think today’s experience was worsened because the ward I attended was composed of mostly young families in my condo complex. There were screaming babies abound, kids throwing tantrums, and parents constantly trying to keep their kids quiet. It was definitely harder to concentrate on the speaker, feel the spirit, and keep focused.
As much as I’m looking forward to eventually having a family of my own, let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the chaos of family ward church meetings.