I’ve lived in roughly 15 wards in the 18 years I’ve been a member of the church. I’ve been in large wards, and I’ve been in very small, struggling wards.
I prefer the small wards.
(I should note that I’ve never lived in Utah or Idaho or any of those places where everyone is LDS. I’ve lived in Washington, Hawaii and California.)
Small wards are cozier. They’re more demanding of their members, and that’s a good thing. They’re less likely to be boring than large wards. The small wards I’ve lived in have had some very colorful characters in them. Really interesting people. They also seem to have more converts in them, in my experience. No offense to you lifers, but converts are…a good thing.
When we moved to California, we ended up in a small ward. We loved it. It was perfect for us. The LDS population down here is huge, but our ward boundaries were very small. Recently, our stake boundaries were reorganized, and we’re now in the largest ward in the stake. People are calling it the SuperWard. My husband was very upset—he thought for sure we wouldn’t get callings and he worried that a lot of people would get lost in the shuffle and slip through the cracks. I had to laugh when he got called to the EQ presidency (which was his calling in the old ward). Now he’s one of the people in charge of making sure people don’t fall through the cracks.
We considered moving when the ward boundaries changed, but our teenagers love the new huge ward—because most of the youth from our old ward are in it, plus a bunch more. So for now, we’re in a big ward, and it’s cool. But there’s a whole ton of people in it I don’t know and probably won’t know anytime soon.
So what do you prefer? Big or small wards?