The Wards take turns changing their meeting times so they don't all have the same schedule year to year. Mornings go to afternoons and visa versa. That gives people a chance to vary their schedule as usually two or more Wards meet in one building.
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My wife's building has two wards. One english and one spanish. English meets at 9, spanish at 11. She asked if they will rotate in January, as has been the custom everywhere else we've lived. She was told no, the spanish ward would lose too many members if they started that early!
Part of the reason they change times is that the church has found that statistically the closer the sacrament meeting is to noon, the higher the attendance. Since each ward gets $2 per person attending in the last month of each quarter they have to rotate the times to give each ward a fair shot and getting more budget from corporate headquarters.