Here are free resources about the Alpine German-Speaking Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
Alpine German-Speaking Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Alpine German-Speaking Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Phone Number: 49-89-724-48613
Mission President: President D. Brian Kohler
Alpine German-Speaking Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Alpine German-Speaking Mission (LDS). To access an official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Alpine German-Speaking Mission:
Videos with Alpine German-Speaking RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Alpine German-Speaking Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
Videos about Germany
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Germany. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Germany, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Videos about Switzerland
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Switzerland. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Switzerland, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Videos about Austria
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Austria. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Austria, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Alpine German-Speaking Mission Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Alpine German-Speaking Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Alpine German-Speaking Mission Groups
Here are Alpine German-Speaking Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Alpine German-Speaking Mission.
- Alpine German-Speaking Missionaries, Pres. Miles (371 members)
- Schwester Ahlm Alpine German-Speaking Mission (225 members)
- Alpine Missionary Moms (146 members)
- Alpine German-Speaking Mission (88 members)
- Alpine German-Speaking Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) (6 members)
Alpine German-Speaking Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Alpine German-Speaking Mission!
Shirt designs include Alpine German-Speaking Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Alpine German-Speaking missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Alpine German-Speaking Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Alpine German-Speaking LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Christopher S. Brown
- 2014-2017, D. Brian Kohler
Alpine German-Speaking LDS Stats (2015)
- Church Membership: 39,401 (Germany), 8,895 (Switzerland), 4,607 (Austria)
- Missions: 3 (Germany)
- Temples: 2 (Germany), 1 (Switzerland)
- Congregations: 171 (Germany), 36 (Switzerland), 17 (Austria)
- Family History Centers: 100 (Germany), 14 (Switzerland), 12 (Austria)
Helpful Articles about Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Alpine German-Speaking Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Alpine German-Speaking RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2014-2015 (Alexis)
- October 2013-April 2015 (Chloe)
- 2012-2014 (Gabriela)
What were some favorite foods?
- The chocolate! All the different breads in the bakeries, schnitzel, and Knödel. (Alexis)
- The fruit available, Spätzle, Würstchen, Knödel. (Chloe)
- Cheese, chocolate, bread. (Gabriela)
What was a funny experience?
- Haha well this was a weird experience that’s funny in hindsight. My companion and I had arrived a little bit early to an appointment so decided to go dooring in the area until we were expected at our appointment. We chose a random apartment building and started at the top, and the first person we rang buzzed us in. We headed up to the room, where we were greeted by several naked men! We stammered something out about having the wrong door and ran back down all the stairs. Needless to say, we avoided dooring for a little bit after that! (Alexis)
- I prayed multiple times for the funniest things because I didn’t know how to say them in German. (Chloe)
- I saw a lot of funny things while riding the buses in Switzerland. One time I saw a man with a top hat skipping down the street and jumps up to clip his heels together, misses, and his top hat falls off. He stops his skipping, and calmly walks back to his hat, puts it on, and then immediately begins to skip again. (Gabriela)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- A member of the branch I was serving in was a patient at a mental hospital for a few months due to some self harm habits. The elders and my companion and I were asked to go visit him, and the night we went, it was super stormy. We arrived at the building which housed the patients and got in the elevator to go to his floor, but midway through, the elevator shook a little and then stopped moving. We tried pushing buttons, but couldn’t get it moving again. The elevator was stuck! We pushed the emergency button, but no one responded for a long time, and none of our cell phones had any service. Eventually, one of the elders was able to force the elevator door open enough that we could climb out, but then we were stuck on the floor, because all the stairwells were locked. So we were stuck in a psychiatric ward for a good 45 minutes before we finally found a position to stand where our phone had enough service to call for help. (Alexis)
- We had gotten lost really late at night and there were scary people on the streets. We had to walk on and people would follow us. (Chloe)
- We went to have a lesson with a referral and he was not all there. The lesson went on for a very long time and he was very creepy. I couldn’t understand very well what was going on because he was speaking Swiss German and I couldn’t understand. But a few months later, he met with the elders and he wouldn’t let them go, locking the doors. I was just glad that that didn’t happen to us. (Gabriela)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Ah there are so many it’s hard to choose just one. I think one meaningful one was the very first baptism I got to see. It was a man who was in a rough place in life when we met him, and totally changed his life around. The baptism was such a sweet testimony of the power of the atonement and I felt so blessed to have been able to witness the begin of his conversion. (Alexis)
- The love I felt on my birthday helped me realize how much my Savior really loves me. I’ve never been overcome with so much love and emotion. (Chloe)
- There were many of those. We were teaching an investigator and she was reading the book of Mormon, and told us once that she knew the book was true because when she was having a rough day, she would read the book and feel happy. She got baptized 3 months after we met her. The lessons we had with her were always spiritual because she was receptive to it. (Gabriela)
What are some interesting facts about the Alpine German-Speaking mission?
- So the mission is really cool because it actually covers five different countries. It has all of Austria, southern Germany, northern Italy, the German speaking part of Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. You get a lot of different dialects of German depending on where you are in the mission. It is absolutely gorgeous! Take advantage of preparation days. The alps are incredible and there are castles all over the place. (Alexis)
- We have five countries; the Europeans and Americans usually don’t even know what each other look like and never meet each other; most travel is done by public transport; there are about 50 ways of greeting someone; it takes six hours on a bus to get to mission leadership counsel; we have one temple in Bern, Switzerland, but only half the mission ever gets to go; we have all the Alps. (Chloe)
- Trains and buses go everywhere. The people are polite and kind, but generally not interested in religion. The Swiss alps are in the mission. (Gabriela)
What was the weather like?
- I thought it was pretty similar to my home climate in Utah, at least temperature-wise. It gets pretty cold and snowy in the winters. The summers were warm, and more humid than j was used to. We also got a lot of rain. (Alexis)
- A lot like Utah, but not as hot in the summers (usually); snowy and cold in the winter, and a lot more wet. You will experience all four seasons. (Chloe)
- Cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Very humid and there aren’t a lot of AC units. (Gabriela)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- I absolutely love the German and Austrian people. As a culture, they are a little more reserved, but once you gain their trust, they are extremely loyal. A German friend is a friend for life. (Alexis)
- It’s beautiful. The people are so interesting and there is SO much diversity. (Chloe)
- I loved the members, they are all so genuine and we’re very kind to us once we were able to get into their houses. Very generous. The places were beautiful and full of history. (Gabriela)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- I would wait to get a lot of your clothes and especially things like boots and coats until you’re actually in the field if possible, because it’s easier to find something equipped for the circumstances when you’re actually there. (Alexis)
- Don’t buy jackets until you get there and see what people are wearing. Umbrellas are good. Bring multiple pairs of shoes. Colorful clothes are nice in the winter. (Chloe)
- Pack for a wide array of weather. You can also buy weather appropriate clothing on the mission. Good shoes and boots are very necessary. I dressed a lot in layers as well, in the cooler to cold months. Transfers are hard with a lot of stuff because you have to go on the trains, so pack light if at all possible. (Gabriela)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I have been immeasurably blessed from my mission. I have grown closer to my Savior and Heavenly Father, I have become passionate in my testimony of the gospel, I have been blessed to meet some of my dearest friends and experience a culture that now completely has my heart. I have seen my weaknesses become strengths and my strengths become stronger. I have witnessed the gospel change people. My capacity to love has increased. I think about my mission every day and will be forever grateful for it. (Alexis)
- Everything has fallen into place after coming home. I can’t even count the amount of things that have been given to me. My family and friends have also been very, very blessed. (Chloe)
- A stronger testimony and something to fall back on in hard times. (Gabriela)
What are some skills you gained?
- I think I became a lot more confident in my mission, and more able to lead. I’m better at teaching, public speaking, and things like that. I became more patient for sure. I learned the importance of humility. I learned how to really connect with all sorts of people. (Alexis)
- Planning, socializing, speaking, time management, scripture study, interviews, commitment. (Chloe)
- A lot of people and leadership skills. (Gabriela)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I think one of the biggest things was not being so afraid of making mistakes. I was new to the language and the missionary lifestyle and I was so afraid of messing up that I sometimes let it hold me back. I’ve realized that making mistakes is okay and Heavenly Father just wants us to try. He will magnify our efforts, however small they may seem, and make them enough. (Alexis)
- To focus on me and not compare myself to others. I also would have liked to know that the mission field is extremely different from the MTC and that’s not a bad thing. (Chloe)
- Trusted the Lord more and talked with more people. (Gabriela)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to the Alpine Mission?
- Go into your mission with the intent to help others feel of the love of their Heavenly Father. If your goal is to help someone feel loved each day, you will be successful. My mission is the greatest blessing in my life so far. It was an incredible privilege to be a set apart, full time representative of our Savior, and I miss it more than I can say. Go out ready to serve with your whole heart, and you will see miracles. (Alexis)
- Bring lots of things to organize with: files, folders, sticky notes, pens, markers, colored pencils, tape, scissors. Understand what a spiritual thought is. Get creative ways to teach. Understand your talents as a person. (Chloe)
- Look for the small miracles and enjoy every moment. The Lord knows what he’s doing and if you trust Him, you’ll see miracles. (Gabriela)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Oh man I made a lot. I trained pretty early in my mission so neither my companion or I knew the language very well, and there was one lesson where literally any time our investigator said anything, we just smiled and nodded because we didn’t understand a word. It was rough. (Alexis)
- In the MTC, one of the Elders was giving a lesson about chastity. He wanted to say that you can’t have any sexual experience before marriage (kein sexual Erlebnisse vor ehe) instead he said klein sexual Erlebnisse vor ehe, meaning you must have a little sexual experience before marriage. (Gabriela)