First Reunion

First Reunion

Thursday, November 26, 2015

First Reunion - OCTOBER 2015

Our First Reunion - more than 340 in attendance...
More than six hours together with family. We ARE the Germany Berlin Mission family 2012-15. We pray for each other, we help each other and are there for each other if needed. 
I wished to have more time at the reunion - for many I just hugged, smiled, and said hello. But each one of you are to valuable to speak with and to learn from. Thank you for your great example to fight for a good cause, for the cause of Zion. 
I treasure this time so much and thank you for coming - some of you drove for hours and hours. Emotionally invigorated with a lot of tears ended the day. We saw the warriors we were together for such a long time - and always be. I hope you feel our prayers especially in times of need.

First time to see our granddaughter Elizabeth - what a joy 
blue eyes
Family Reunion after almost three years. We built a bear :)

Life inside and outside the Mission

Missionaries at the Temple in Freiberg
Homecoming of Sister Miller experienced by us. This is what a "home coming" is - now we learned.
Aggie Ice cream - Logan Reunion. Just wonderful to be around those great souls.
At Sister Child's wedding we met E/S Pimentel, our predecessors. Great chat!

We CONTINUE on our Mission blog for the Germany Berlin Mission 2012-2015

We decided NOT to publish the ENGAGEMENT pictures... it will come - 48.13% of our RM are married now. But more importantly, I believe that each one of our RM has the next covenant in heart and mind. We're very happy for those who plan on it, who found the one, who got engaged, and married. Thank you for your great example. We love you and pray for you DAILY!

Elder Lichner and Sister McCandless married!
Sister Seamons married
Elder Tanner Hansen married.
Sister Stuart married!
Sister Rimmaschk married!
Elder Christopher Lloyd married
Sister Child married.
Elder Bangerter married.
Sister Hinkle married
Elder Brayden Hansen married.
Elder Struve married
Elder Tolman married.
Elder von Nieda married.
Elder Künzli married.
Sister Killpack married.
Sister Tidwell married.

Monday, August 10, 2015

RM News - what happened from July 2015 on... Never ending Story... Teach correct principles and They govern themselves

Sister Kosak and Me

Family Spendlove and baby
Elder Cloward married
Elder Healey married
Sister Piteck married
Sister Wallin married
Elder Barr married
Elder Logan Staheli married
Sister Gray married
Elder Hadfield married
Elder Brogdon and Sister Turner married
Elder Fred Roberts married
Elder Shaw married
Elder Walter married
Elder Collins married
Elder Glad married
Elder Hess married
As a true "German" - 39.9% of RM are married. You create your love through Him.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

08-2015 Elder Kyle Kossin's "Remember" - Thank you!

Last August, I started the second to last transfer of my mission in Hof, Germany. Cherishing each day and dreading the fast-approaching end, I searched for ways to better preserve my memory of what it is like to be a full time missionary in the Germany Berlin Mission. On this very day, one year ago, I completed a poem to that end, one that I dedicated to the mission as a whole, filled with the scriptures that meant the most to me at the time and the teachings of my mission president Henry Kosak and his wife Elke Kosak. I named it "Remember". Although I still consider it a work in progress, I'd like to share it now with hope that someone else might also appreciate it.


Another testing day,
A stride on strait and narrow,
Or will I wane away.
Succumb to whirlwind's arrow?
No, it's better to obey,
Enthused, refusing sorrow,
Than to let my freedom sway
In a sacrificed tomorrow.
Prudently, I've planned
A change to change my doubting:
Crescendo on demand.
Fear veers. I can't hear it's shouting.
I'll fall until I stand,
Forget myself all out
With a friend or two at hand
And angels round about.
Beneath: my steady rock.
Above: my title soaring.
The Shepherd of the flock,
Resilience, restoring.
The words with which I talk
My only weapons of war.
A purpose to my knock
From first to final door.
Sun or storm, I'll sow
The soil under my skin
'Til a field as white as snow
Rises from within.
My diamond far below
Might shine or it might dim
Despite it's gloomy glow,
It's not too hard for Him.
With no tree left unshaken,
I gather scattered sheaves
To a home of sin forsaken.
To a treasure safe from thieves.
I move to make 'mistaken'
A past to brave belief.
Each loyal step that's taken
Will lift another leaf.
No lone regret retracing,
Nor suffocated sense
Can keep me from embracing
The worth of present tense;
For the future that I'm facing
And those prepared depend
On the hope and truth I'm chasing
To every earthly end.
Imperfect, I pursue
His will. I will protect it.
That new joy might ensue.
Lost love... I'll resurrect it.
I know I know it's true
And now my path's directed
To care, become, and do
Much more than was expected.
My strengthened spirit yearns
To learn what I have taught
I'm the answer fervor earns
To the prayers my Father caught.
While the world around me turns
From not so bad to rotten,
My fire forever burns.
When everything's forgotten,
I'll remember.

For the Germany Berlin Mission (2012-2015)

And for those interested, I'll list as many of the references as I can remember.
Stanza 1:
Line 1/8 - "Today's Test is Tomorrow's Testimony"
2 - 1 Nephi 8:20 "And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron..."
4 - Helaman 5:12 "when the devil shall send forth... his shafts in the shall have no power to drag you down."
5/8 - "To obey is better than to sacrifice." - 1 Samuel 15:22 (and others)
6 - 'Enthusiasm' derives from the Greek 'enthousiasmos', meaning 'God in us'
Stanza 2:
1 - President Kosak stressed three words: loyalty, prudence, resilience
2 - "We will change -- We are changing Germany." - President Kosak
"Nothing changes if nothing changes."
3 - "Discipleship is to be lived in crescendo!" - Neal A. Maxwell
4 - "Never take counsel from your fears." - Stonewall Jackson
6 - "I have only one suggestion: forget yourself and go to work." - Bryant S. Hinckley
8 - D&C 84:88 "I will be on your right hand and on your left... and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."
Stanza 3:
1 - D&C 6:34 "Let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail."
2/7 - Alma 46:12 "He rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof and wrote upon it - In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace..."
4 - President Kosak stressed three words: loyalty, prudence, resilience
Stanza 4:
3 - D&C 4:4 "For behold the field is white already to harvest."
Isaiah 1: 18 "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
5/6 - "Disciples, like diamonds, are developed in a process of time and heavy pressures, and both... reflect the light that comes through them." - Neal A. Maxwell
7 - "Work on your 'Mormon Glow' " - Sister Kosak
8 - "Never ever lose sight that nothing is too hard for the Lord." - M. Russell Ballard
Stanza 5:
1/8 - "First I shake the whole apple, that the ripest might fall. Then I... shake each limb, and then each branch, and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf." - Martin Luther
4 - Matthew 6:20 "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...where thieves do not break through nor steal."
7 - President Kosak stressed three words: loyalty, prudence, resilience
8 - Sister Kosak's 'harvesting strawberries' lesson
Stanza 6:
2 - "Selfishness suffocates spiritual senses." -Robert D. Hales
6 - "God is preparing people to receive your testimony of restored truth." -Henry B. Eyring
7 - "He needs more and more willing and worthy missionaries to spread... the truth and the an often dark and fearful world." - Jeffrey R. Holland
8 - 3 Nephi 9:22 "come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved."
Stanza 7:
1/2 - "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done', and those to whom God says, 'All right, then have it your way!" - C.S. Lewis
3 - 2 Nephi 2:25 "Men are that they might have joy."
5 - "It is a grand thing to know--and to know that you know..." - Douglas L. Callister
6: Proverbs 3:6 "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths."
7/8 - "A Leader's Creed: Know/Do/Care/Become more than it is expected of you."
Stanza 8:
1 - Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
2 - "I always know when I am speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost because I always learn something from what I've said." - Marion G. Romney
3 - "To most questions man wants to have an answer. But to the Lord's question man must be an answer." - Dennis Rasmussen
6 - In "Come, Come Ye Saints", the closing line "all is well" is translated in Polish as "not so bad"
7 - "You need to feel your bosom burn." - President Kosak
8/9 - "What will you remember when you've forgotten everything?" - Boyd K. Packer

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

"My mission is to bless."
President Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(final entry) 06-15 Final Days - Accomplishments - Welcome of President and Sister Fingerle - Goodbye Germany Berlin Mission - We Love You!

The Best Three Years
We're home already - 100km South of Berlin

President and Sister Fingerle -Welcome to the Germany Berlin Mission.

What a blessing it is to see President and Fingerle, full of enthusiasm for the cause of Zion and full of love for the missionaries. 
The mission will blossom and will grow through Vision - Goal setting - Plan making. 
Missionaries and parents, you're blessed to have such great new leaders now!

We left the office and had tears in the car. Needed to stop since we couldn't see anything anymore. 
The fight for Christ continues. Love you forever!

Dreams of so many missionaries were fulfilled - Go, Sister Kosak, Go!