Saturday, January 24, 2015

Officially Announced in Church News Today - Congratulations, President and Sister Fingerle! You will serve with the best missionaries ever!

Christian Hans Fingerle, 47, and Sibylle Evelyn Ketzinger Fingerle, five children, Usingen Ward, Friedrichsdorf Germany Stake: Germany Berlin Mission, succeeding President Henry W. Kosak and Sister Elke Kosak. Brother Fingerle serves as an Area Seventy and is a former stake president, stake Young Men president, bishop, branch president, ward mission leader and missionary in the Switzerland Zurich Mission. Area director, Church Educational System. Born in Waiblingen, Germany, to Hans Ludwig Fingerle and Ursula Marie Meissner Fingerle.

Sister Fingerle serves as an assistant stake seminary supervisor and is a former ward Primary president, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, seminary teacher and EFY session director. Born in Ebingen, Germany, to Walter J. Ketzinger and Monika K. Schichel Ketzinger.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

01-15 New Missionaries Arrived in the Mission Field - Welcome in Berlin!

Welcome New Missionaries 01-15
Elders Casperson and Hopkins
Elders Rogers and Anderson
Elders Thomas and Tingey
Sisters Bills and Hill
Sisters Montierth and Titensor

01-15 Missionaries leave and arrive Mission Field - Official Transfer

Second finisher group 01-15 at the airport today
E/S Mickelsen, Sisters Jeffery, Chevalier, and Blake, Elders Casper, Bendixen, and Koch, E/S Snow
E/S Mickelsen
E/S Snow
Elder Bendixen
Elder Casper
Elder Koch
Sister Blake
Sister Chevalier
Sister Jeffery
Elder Gregory Williams arrived in the mission field. Welcome!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

01-15 Mission Tour with Elder Erich W. Kopischke and his wife, Sister Christiane Kopischke

Zone Conferences Hamburg
Zone Conferences Berlin
Zone Conferences Dresden
Elder and Sister Kopischke & President and Sister Kosak
01-15 MLC with Elder/Sister Kopischke
Sisters Kopischke and Kosak - friends.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

01-15 First Group of Missionaries goes Home

01-15 Finisher First Group
Elder Rasband
Elder Poch
Elder Davis
Elder Christensen
Elder Schmidt
At the airport

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 - January 2 Mission Leadership Council in Berlin

In his address, Elder Elder Quentin L. Cook said, “I encourage everyone, young and old, to review goals and objectives and strive to exercise greater discipline. Our daily conduct and choices should be consistent with our goals. We need to rise above rationalizations and distractions. It is especially important to make choices consistent with our covenants to serve Jesus Christ in righteousness.”
01-15 MLC Berlin

Thursday, December 25, 2014

12-14 Missionary Couple Conference at Freiberg Temple

Sooo good to have you!
As President Boyd K. Packer taught, "Value the old folks for what they are, not just what they can do."

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas to Missionaries in the field, waiting in MTC, and still back home. Merry Christmas to all parents and grandparents

Dear Missionaries,

What is Christmas about? There have been many great and wonderful people, even religious teachers who have taught men how to live, but there has been but ONE Messiah, ONE Christ, the ONE Annointed, even Jesus Christ.
I testify of Him, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the only begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is the Savior, the Messiah. He made the Atonement for our sins and opened the Resurrection.
This is what Christmas is about.
Those of us who know the plan of happiness, know what Christmas really is all about!
When we were children we were more "Believing is Seeing". Then, unfortunately, we leave often the Christmas of childhood disillusioned. It is easy thereafter to feel that "Seeing is believing."
When we're fixed on that, we do not have the hope of ever again finding Christmas as it once was and as it ought to be, because it works the other way around: "Believing is seeing."
See in Moroni 7:41-48.

President Boyd K. Packer taught, "If you would see what you get in exchange for giving up the childish illusion of Christmas, you could look forward to the greatest of all discoveries. No matter what your age, you can find and can keep that "little-kid" feeling about Christmas."

(Hence, we don't need toys in the mission field - we're disciples and find joy in helping others to come unto Christ and in sports and in Germany chocolate :))

Therefore I would like to suggest that we all read the Christmas story in the second chapter of Luke EVERY DAY this WEEK. It will take a minute and a half to read. It might take a minute more to ponder on it - but FIND YOURSELF IN THE STORY as Angels who proclaim, as Shepherds who take care, as Wise Men who seek after the true meaning of happiness, as Sheep who follow the Master, as ... FIND YOURSELF.
The Christmas story does not end there. It is only the beginning. With Christmas and because of it we have Easter. When we, as adults, accept a new status as children of our God, our Father, we may humble ourselves and believe again and in so doing begin to see that in exchange for the fanciful poetry of The Night Before Christmas comes the miracle of the first Christmas that grows in every season.
The whole account—from Bethlehem to Calvary—is the Christmas story, and it takes simple, childlike faith to find that out.
Missionaries, use your time wisely. Show it to investigators and members whose errand you're.
If there is no finding time, WATCH the "Work of Salvation" DVD you have in your apartment, PREPARE your "My Family" pamphlet for further usage in finding and teaching, MASTER scriptures we want in the mission, etc.
This is a time of preparation, this is a time of listening and teaching, this is a time in CRESCENDO.

We love you and wish you a Merry Christmas!! He is the Gift!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12-14 Leadership Training der District and Zone and Sister Training Leader

in Berlin
in Hamburg

Friday, December 12, 2014

12-14 Elder and Sister Monson arrive in the Mission field again - Welcome!

Welcome back, Elder and Sister Monson