Dear 100 Hour Board,
A while ago, I was looking at a map of my ward, and it had a message that stated something like "Don't be concerned if your unit contains large portions of land that you know is uninhabited. It is Church policy to make sure that every portion of land is under an ecclesiastical unit of some sort. If desired, you could request 'zoom-ins' of the places where people live."
Having learned that, I tried to find out what unit(s) Antartica is under.
This is mostly for curiosity's sake, because while I hope to go there someday, I don't expect to go there anytime soon.
- A Curious Penguin
I wish you could feel my love and dedication for you right now as I just got off one of the more interesting phone calls in my life.
First, Antarctica isn't officially assigned anywhere (because no one officially lives there - but then again, I don't imagine oceans and such are assigned to wards. Hmm...I wonder what they'd do if we all started living on yachts in the ocean), though the McMundo military base is assigned to the Oxnard 4th Ward.
That would be Oxnard, California.
California and Antarctica aren't really all that close. So, just to make sure this information wasn't totally off, I called the bishop in Oxnard. The phone call went something like this:
"Hi, Bishop Jaster, I'm Polly and I'm told you're the bishop over the McMundo military base...in Antarctica. I'm wondering, what exactly does the church do down there?"
"Did you say Antarctica?"
"Yes. I'm told you're the agent ward over the military base in Antarctica."
"Who did you say you were again?"
"I'm Polly and I'm calling for a BYU question and answer forum. Someone asked what ward Antarctica would fall under."
"They're under our unit? They certainly don't come to church."
"Yeah, I imagine their home teaching statistics are dismal."
"Antarctica. That's interesting to know."
I had to reassure him a few times that I was very serious (and thank him for not hanging up on me!). He's only been bishop for less than a month, after all. This would be the perfect hazing. I hope it starts his five-year service out right. In any case, he laughingly told me (because there was nothing else to do at this point. The call was weird, I won't deny it) that they have a few military units connected to their ward and if something happened they could get a hold of some of the military men in their ward to try and help with whatever the need may be.
So, thank you to a very patient, good-humored Bishop Jaster. I hope you're able to realize your dream to go down there, but don't expect any ward houses.