The King and Us

Today my wife visited a ward conference in Grafenwöhr, representing the stake YW presidency. As of today, Grafenwöhr is a US servicemen’s ward; until now it’s been a branch. For a meetinghouse, the ward rents a local hall. Before it was used as a church, the building was a bar, and then a strip club. Also, Elvis once performed there, approximately where the young women now have their classroom. Some LDS meetinghouses have longer and nobler histories, but I would guess few have had such close brushes with fame.

8 comments for “The King and Us

  1. Ardis Parshall
    January 28, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Your stake should be very, very careful about planning any program where YW groups re-enact their local heritage.

  2. Kevin Barney
    January 28, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Awesome! There is a movie coming out about Elvis’ brush with Mormonism, so maybe they can make a viewing of that a youth activity.

  3. January 28, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I can hear the prayers now. Thank you, Heavenly Father, thankyouverymuch.

  4. January 28, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Hilarious Susan.

    Our building (in Brooklyn) used to be the union building run by the mob. We’ve been told on many occasions from neighbors that they know of people who were killed in the basement (where the primary meets).

  5. January 29, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Ardis, what were you referring to as “local heritage?” Nazi-ism, the Elvis performace, the bar, or the strip club?

  6. January 29, 2007 at 12:58 am


    But if Susan M. writes the script, it will be just fine!

  7. meems
    January 29, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Susan and Ardis – funny!
    Rusty – Yikes! When the children learn about the gift of the Holy Ghost, maybe there really are a few… ghosts I mean.

  8. Laura
    February 5, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Wow! That\’s wonderful to hear!!!! I was a member of the Graf Serviceman\’s Branch back in 92-93 when we met in the post chapel & annex… We probably had about ten families (if even that) show up every week.

    Fond memories, that\’s for sure…

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