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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Impact Of Missionaries

A letter which was sent to me by email.


I've decided to reach out just because I experienced something incredible Saturday evening while sitting on regional train adjacent from two missionaries (in Berlin). I'm from California, grew up in a Mormon community and just thought it'd be worth sharing this story, as it left a smile on my face.
The two missionaries were sitting adjacent from me next when an old couple sat down next to them. The two missionaries started talking about Potsdam, what it's like there and eventually the conversation turned into how the old couple met. At that moment a group of gangster-looking guys tuned in and said that they'd like to hear also how the old couple met also. Soon enough the whole section of the train is listening to this old couple's love story- a question that was sparked by one of the missionaries. 
The missionaries got off the train at HBH, but the conversation didn't end. The two groups spent the whole trip to Potsdam talking about courtship today and back in the 50's. Both groups had each other shaking with laughter.
In my time in Berlin, I've never seen anyone randomly talk to anyone else on the train and I've never seen such an interesting group enjoy each other's company so much . Normally, a story that starts with two missionaries, gangsters and two old people ends with a punchline, but this one just left me stunned, smiling and optimistic about humanity. (Plus, I think I'll be more open to talk to Germans on the train!!) 
Everyone got of the train saying goodbyes (including myself) and smiling ear to ear. Keep on talking to people! You're leaving a positive impact on people, even when it's not immediately apparent.  
If you could please pass this story along to your missionaries, I'd be incredible grateful! 

Cheers from Potsdam,

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