December 30, 2014

Germany Berlin Mission

Free resources about the Germany Berlin Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Germany LDS Missions.

Germany Berlin Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Germany Berlin Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Germany Berlin Mission
Zerbster Strasse 42
12209 Berlin
Germany

Phone Number: 49-30-470067690
Mission President: President Henry W. Kosak

Germany Berlin Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Germany Berlin Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Berlin Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Berlin RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Germany Berlin Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly 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.

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Germany Berlin Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Berlin Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

President & Sister Fingerle germanyberlinmission2015-18.blogspot.com 2016
President & Sister Kosak germany..mission2012-15.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Glenn Johnson livingthedreaminberlin.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Ryan Nearon elderryannearon.wordpress.com 2017
Sister Mariah Simpson boisetoberlin.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Brooke Darton brookedarton.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Cassidy St. John sisterstjohn.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Spangenberg elderspangenberg.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Seth Foster eldersethfoster.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Spencer Fisher eldershf.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Drew Bretzing elderdrewbretzing.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Madison Mittleman thetwininberlin.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Grace Hendricks sistergracehendricks.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Gina Ballard ginabingermany.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Chase Oliphant elderoliphant.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Noah Miller eldernoahmiller.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brendon Williams elderwilliamsgermany.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Titensor sistertitensor.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Caleb Greaves eldercalebgreaves.wordpress.com 2016
Elder Brigham Gallacher elderbrighamgallacher.wordpress.com 2016
Elder Mason Timmerman missionsite.net/eldermasontimmerman 2016
Elder Joseph Billings elderjosephbillings.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Randell Hoffman elderhoffman.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Reese Rasband reeserasband.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Karly Ahrenholtz karlyruth.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Kevin Noorda missionsite.net/elderkevinnoorda 2015
Elder Carson Jenkins missionsite.net/eldercarsonjenkins 2015
Berlin Mission facebook.com/berlinmission 2014
Sister Heidi Shelley blondieinberlin.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kristen Odenwalder missionsite.net/sisterkristenodenwalder 2014
Elder Brennan Mitchell missionsite.net/elderbrennanmitchell 2014
Sister Sarah DeGraw missionsite.net/sistersarahdegraw 2014
Sister Claire Woodward berlinclaire.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Eric Gibson elderericgibson.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Chris Luening chrisluening.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Elena Helzer theladylena.wordpress.com 2014
Elder Brandon Hays elderbrandonscotthays.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jordan Colledge jcolledge-mission.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Ariel Nell arielonamission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Frank joe-nanc.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Daniel Burnett missionsite.net/elderdanielburnett 2013
Elder Kyson Smith missionsite.net/elderkysonrsmith 2012
Elder Adam Ott elderadamott.blogspot.com 2012
President & Sister Pimentel germanyberlinmission.blogspot.com 2012
President & Sister Pimentel candohardthings.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Grant Lingard lingardboys.blogspot.com 2010

Germany Berlin Mission Groups

Here are Germany Berlin Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Berlin Mission.

  1. Germany Berlin Mission July 2009- June 2012 Group (487 members)
  2. Germany Berlin Mission 2003-2006 Facebook Group (307 members)
  3. Germany Berlin Mission 2012-15 Facebook Group (265 members)
  4. Germany Berlin Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (37 members)
  5. Unofficial Deutschland Berlin Mission Reunion Group (35 members)

Germany Berlin Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Germany Berlin Mission!

Shirt designs include Germany Berlin 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: Germany Berlin missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Berlin Mission gifts

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Germany Berlin Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Berlin LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Christian H. Fingerle
  2. 2012-2015, Henry W. Kosak
  3. 2009-2012, Jay D. Pimentel
  4. 2006-2009, K. Günter Borcherding
  5. 2003-2006, Erich W. Kopischke
  6. 2000-2003, Richard Clark
  7. 1997-2000, August Schubert
  8. 1994-1997, Walter Wunderlich
  9. 1991-1994, Manfred Schütze
  10. 1951-1954, Arthur Glaus
  11. 1946-1951, Walter Stover
  12. 1940-1946, Brother Klopfer
  13. 1880, Serge L. Ballif

Germany LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 39,726
  • Missions: 3
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 166
  • Family History Centers: 111

Helpful Articles about Germany

Germany Berlin Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Germany Berlin RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2012-2014 (Brian)
  • 2002-2004 (Kyle)
  • 2006-2008 (Becky)
  • February 2002-March 2004 (Scott)
  • 2003-2005 (Emily)
  • 2005-2007 (Joerg)
  • 1995-1997 (Ronald)
  • 1995-1997 (Heidi)
  • 1993-1995 (Loggins)
  • 1970-1972 (Gordon)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Berlin, Erfurt, Leipzig, Rostock, Schwerin. (Becky)
  • Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Spandau, Weimar. (Emily)
  • Meissen, Berlin-Marzahn, Berlin-Neukölln, Chemnitz, Magdeburg, Berlin-Lankwitz, Zwickau. (Joerg)
  • Potsdam, Rostock, 4 areas in West and East Berlin. (Ronald)
  • Berlin and Rostock. (Heidi)
  • Eisnehuettenstadt, Bernaua, Dahlem, Lankwitz, Schwedt. (Loggins)
  • Luebeck, Hanover, Bremen and Berlin, in that order. (Gordon)

What were some favorite foods in Germany?

  • Wiener Schnitzel and Rotkohl mit Kartopfeln klo-be. (Brian)
  • Rotkohl, Rinderrouladen, Käsespätzle, Nudel-schinken Gratin, Schitzel, Sansscouci Döner kebabs (the ones outside of Berlin/Hamburg aren’t good). (Kyle)
  • Döner, Rotkohl, Ruladen, Klöße, Eis. (Becky)
  • Döner, Sauerkraut, Rotkohl, Knödel. (Scott)
  • Schnitzel, Klosse, Rouladen, Doener Kebab. (Emily)
  • Döner! In Berlin you find them everywhere and any kind! It’s some kind of pita-bread with meat, lettuce and a various selection of sauces. Yummy! (Joerg)
  • Döner kebab, Kvarkkeulchen, Malzgetränk. (Ronald)
  • Doners, the bread, zweifarbe kekse, and the potatoes. (Heidi)
  • Doner Kebabs! Interestingly enough, it was in Germany that I first tried curry and asparagus soup! Berlin is just a great mix of a lot of different cultures within Germany. (Loggins)
  • Rotkohl and Eisbein. (Gordon)

What was a funny experience?

  • Only looking back is it funny, but almost every appointment we got stuffed! I’m talking old-German-ladies that ran out of food once while feeding the missionaries and swore to never do it again. But, everything they served must be eaten or the ladies think something is wrong with their food. Stuffed. (Brian)
  • When I went down to open the door for a member at the bottom of the stairs pretty late at night and my greenie companion ran out after me and shut the door. I just looked up at him and said, please tell me you brought out a key when you decided to come here and close the door behind you. He just looked at me and I knew we had been locked out in our pajamas… Luckily we were in a cheap old apartment made of concrete blocks and were able to jimmy the door open with some basic tools within an hour with some help from those same members. (Kyle)
  • Taking a picture with Catholic nuns at the Nun Festival in Erfurt. (Becky)
  • My companion and I doored out a brothel one night . . . but we had no idea what brothel was in German . . . the lady at the door kept telling me it was a brothel but I had no idea what she was saying and it wasn’t in our hand dictionaries . . . I thought she was referring to a person so I ended up asking her if the brothel would like to learn about the Book of Mormon . . . she shut the door . (Emily)
  • I loved the sports activities! It’s a wonderful opportunity to help people get to know each other! It’s part of the “social conversion”! (Joerg)
  • There were four of us in my first apartment. One time an Elder in the other companionship was making potato salad and I told him the bowl he was using I had used to wash my feet. He thought I was joking. My companion confirmed that I wasn’t…(Ronald)
  • I always laughed when people would answer the door wearing nothing but the door! (Heidi)
  • On the way to the Stake President’s house for dinner (President Rakow), we met his son and found a shopping cart (which is highly unusual for Berlin to have around town). He jumped in and we pushed him around for a while. Later after I returned back to Salt Lake City, Utah, I met President Rakow’s son, and he was now an Elder in the Salt Lake City mission, and his dad was made a General Authority! hahaha (Loggins)
  • Replying to American tourists in Berlin speaking only German to them. (Gordon)

What was a dangerous experience?

  • My 1st area was the most dangerous place in the mission. A lot of immigrants. In the place we did our emails, there was a cannabalist, serial killer, found and arrested. I once came out of the train to see a dead person. Many, many other random sketchy circumstances. (Brian)
  • I don’t think you really get those in Germany. (Kyle)
  • We were traveling on a train from Erfurt to Weimer for District meeting. At one stop a bunch of neo-Nazis boarded the train. They played loud music, shut all the windows and begin smoking (which is illegal in the train). They started chanting “Ausländer raus!” Or “foreigners get out”. My companion and I were terrified. We took off our name tags and didn’t speak at all. Just sat and prayed we would make it safely to Weimer. The Lord blessed us and we arrived safely. (Becky)
  • We were teaching a relapsing drug addict who tried to break into our apartment . . . keep the mission rules!!! Never let anyone in your apartment! (Emily)
  • In Meissen, I was doing doors with my companion and a man was looking out the window pointing a gun at us! Germany has very strong gun control laws and you wouldn’t expect anyone having a gun to point at you! (Joerg)
  • I was once confronted by a transgender, former member of the Church who had been excommunicated because of the sex change operation. This person was petitioning various missionaries and local church leaders for rebaptism. (Ronald)
  • We rang doors down a street where the neo-Nazi and skin head head quarters were. We didn’t know this at the time, but we were prompted to leave and we did! I worked at Dinosaur National Monument before I left and once when we were knocking doors, someone opened and right behind him was a replica of a petroglyph in Dinosaur National Monument. What are the chances?! We talked about that for a while. (Heidi)
  • We missed a bus late at night and had to wait for the next one to our apartment. We were approached by a hooker who must have thought we had money because of our suits. We hurried on the bus but she followed us. Since we didn’t want her to find out where we lived, we quickly got off a few exits early before she could get off and had to walk the rest of the way home. (Loggins)
  • Going down on my bike in the snow on a busy street in Luebeck. (Gordon)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • So many! Missions are great! I think every time an investigator prays with real intent for the first time, it is very spiritual and awesome. Testifying of the truth brings the spirit every time! (Brian)
  • Too many to count, but I remember being in Eisenhüttenstadt shortly before my mission was ending and riding my bike through a nature reserve and feeling an incredible connection to my heavenly father and an overwhelming feeling of peace. (Kyle)
  • Everything about a mission is spiritual. (Becky)
  • So many. . . I remember reading about an experience that Elder Wirthlin shared about his mission in Europe and how he looked up at the stars one night and was overcome by the Spirit and the blessings from Lord, and how he felt God’s love so clearly. I had a night like that a little before Christmas while my companion and I were tracting in a small village. We witnessed so many miracles and were privileged to meet and teach so many amazing people. (Emily)
  • My first day in the mission field was quite humbling! My companion and I arrived in the afternoon by train after he had picked me up in Berlin to go to my first area! The fridge was basically empty, my blanket in my bed was missing, we had no helmets for the bikes and I was certain we would go shopping right away! It was November and it gets dark quite quickly! So we went doing doors and my motivation was already down the drain! After a couple doors, a woman opened up and was very friendly to us. Her husband was not amused that she would talk to us and shut the door on her! So there she was in the stairway with us and so she said “well I guess, I have time now”.  So we taught her 1, 5h and then around 8 p.m. we went to go find a place to shop! Inside I was quite frustrated because we were in the middle of nowhere and I expected all shops if any would be around, to be closing at 8 p.m. and the next day was a holiday! So we found someone on the street who mentioned a grocery store nearby that would close any minute! We ran there and 1 minute before closing they would let us in! I’ve found a blanket, helmets for our bikes, an alarm clock on sale and the staff told us to take our time since everything would be closed the next day! What an amazing lesson, that the Lord will provide! (Joerg)
  • Studying the New Testament in depth, particularly the Epistles of Paul, after being challenged at the doorstep of a kind but headstrong Free Christian lady. She didn’t like the fact that we had scriptures in addition to the Bible. I learned through my study of the Bible that our additional scriptures are essential. (Ronald)
  • Too sacred to mention online 🙂 (Heidi)
  • Almost all of it! Being able to be there with people at that pinnacle moment when the Spirit was working on them and to be able to witness that change of heart. It was amazing and happened frequently. (Loggins)
  • Baptizing the Toth family. (Gordon)

What are some cool facts about the Berlin Mission?

  • The entire country is riddled with history! Germany has been deeply involved with history since the beginning. My favorite: Germany was the stage of the reformation, which led into the restoration of the church, which is our message! (Brian)
  • It doesn’t really exist anymore. It combined with Leipzig, then merged with Hamburg and has been divied up among the other missions in Germany. After the merger with Leipzig, it covered all the former East Germany. It contained the temple in Freiberg, built on the only piece of private land in all of East Germany. (Kyle)
  • It was dedicated by President Monson; it is the flagship mission in Europe for young single adult Institute programs. It encompasses the former East Germany. There are many many foreigners and students in the Berlin mission. (Becky)
  • I studied European history before and after my mission, I remember visiting places that I had read about and where amazing things had taken place and being in awe that I was there. I also remember visiting Buchenwald with my district one preparation day and feeling the Spirit so strongly and recognizing what a sacred place it was to the Lord, where so many of his children had suffered and died. (Emily)
  • Germany has a lot to offer! Every area of the country is different! It’s so green and the landscape is breath taking! Ground transportation is very convenient and you can reach a lot of local shops and sights by foot! The people love to help with directions and are always willing to help! (Joerg)
  • History: East and West Berlin, East Germany, communism, Nazis, World War II, concentration camps. Cultural diversity: 3.5 million people in Berlin, Turks, Africans, Vietnamese, Russians, etc. Massive construction after reunification only 6 years before. Stark contrasts between former East and West Germany/Berlin. (Ronald)
  • There were only 12 sisters serving the whole time I was there. I was only transferred 3 times. I wore a hole through my Doc Martens one year into my mission. I wore the soles off of 2 other pairs of shoes. President Hinckley visited the mission and that was the first time I had seen a prophet in person, even though I grew up in Utah. That was amazing. (Heidi)
  • I was there only a few years after the Berlin wall came down in November 1989 so we met many people who had never heard of the church and were still getting accustomed to life with no wall. We met one older guy like in his mid forties who had dozens of stuffed animals on his couch which I thought was weird until he said he had never in his life ever seen or had a stuffed animal until the wall came down. (Loggins)
  • President Mins was our visiting general authority and would take our President into East Germany with him to visit the members there. (Gordon)

What was the weather like in Germany?

  • Similar to Utah/Idaho but much more humid. Fairly rainy. (Brian)
  • Cold and miserable most of the year. Pleasant for three months in the Summer. (Kyle)
  • The first summer of my mission we wore sweaters off and on into July. It was incredibly cold no matter how many layers we had on. The next winter was very cold but we were hit with a very hot summer. (Emily)
  • The seasons are very clear! In the winter, it’s cold and you see snow; in the spring, you have blossoms and flowers; April weather is famous to change any minute! The summer is warm and beautiful (but careful, no A/C in many places); the autumn reminds me a lot of the American Indian Summer! Beautiful colors and very nice days! (Joerg)
  • Four seasons, hot but brief summers, lovely fall weather, cold, biting winters without much snow, chilly spring weather. (Ronald)
  • It was similar to Utah, except it was more humid and the cold would soak through to the bone. I served in Rostock and that was cold! The Baltic Sea was cold! (Heidi)
  • Humid – I had never known humidity since I came from Salt Lake City, Utah. It never snowed that much but could get BITTER cold in the winter. Once in the summer, I stepped out of the shower, toweled off, and immediately was wet again. I did not understand what was happening until my companion said it was the humidity. 🙂 (Loggins)
  • Cold in winter, but otherwise pretty nice. (Gordon)

Any things you really like about Germany?

  • The chocolate and candies. I also really like how they drive. It’s wild at first, but very convenient. (Brian)
  • Once a German becomes your friend, they are you friend for life. I live in Germany again, and still visit friends I made during the time I was on my mission. The language has also become a valuable skill since I am able to use it for many business applications. (Kyle)
  • The people are dedicated to their country even though they seem to be very unpatriotic! They love their traditions and teach them and share them! Since there are so many cultures in Germany, people love languages and would most likely address the missionaries in English! Their willingness to help is displayed strongly in the church but also other people would always help with directions, instructions and advice! (Joerg)
  • Hospitable and honest, well-mannered. (Ronald)
  • I like how the people would hold you at a distance, but when they let you into their hearts, they never wanted to let you go. The people are wonderful and giving people. (Heidi)
  • EVERYTHING!!! The people could be really hard to get to know, and were not very openly trusting like some people in America are, but once you gain their trust, they are very true and loyal friends. So great! Such a rich heritage! Loved it! (Loggins)
  • I just enjoyed it/them. I’d like to go back and spend some time again. (Gordon)

What do you love most about German people/culture?

  • Germans for the most part are honest, loyal, get the facts straight, don’t mess around (beat around the bush) kind of people. Win their hearts, love them, and you will have eternal relationships. (Brian)
  • Once a German becomes your friend, they are you friend for life. I live in Germany again, and still visit friends I made during the time I was on my mission. The language has also become a valuable skill since I am able to use it for many business applications. (Kyle)
  • The people are very frank and genuine and the architecture and history is amazing. Incredible place! (Emily)
  • The people are dedicated to their country even though they seem to be very unpatriotic! They love their traditions and teach them and share them! Since there are so many cultures in Germany, people love languages and would most likely address the missionaries in english! Their willingness to help is displayed strongly in the church but also other people would always help with directions, instructions and advice! (Joerg)

Any packing advice?

  • I wish I had taken more pictures of family and my life/hometown to share with investigators and members. I didn’t need all of my suits and shirts. I ended up buying pretty cheap but great ones in Germany. (Brian)
  • If you are in the North or in Berlin, take good warm shoes and a good warm coat. A couple stylish sweaters are nice too. Dark suits are better than light ones. (Kyle)
  • Buy winter clothes and boots in Germany. They are better quality and made for the elements there than what you would find in the states. (Becky)
  • Buy boots, and most of your winter attire there. (Emily)
  • Don’t bring too much, as you can buy clothes for a good price in Germany! Especially suits are very reasonable! Missionaries love to buy ties! So don’t bring a whole lot! You will end up buying quite a few on your mission! As you walk a lot, work on bikes and use buses and subways you will be out a lot! Bring warm socks as Sunday shoes are not really warm! It is quite humid so the cold can feel colder than it is! Especially in JANUARY/FEBRUARY. (Joerg)
  • Bring clothing for all conditions. (Ronald)
  • Really good shoes, deodorant (the stuff there is junk), a nice warm coat, long johns or leggings. Make sure your luggage has BIG wheels. Little wheels don’t go over cobble stones! (Heidi)
  • Short sleeve shirts. I had only brought long sleeve and had to find a sister in the ward to cut off and re-make some short sleeve shirts. (Loggins)
  • Good winter shoes. And coats. (Gordon)

Anything you can’t buy/find easily there?

  • Corn nuts, corn dogs, peanut butter (the good stuff). A lot of other American candies and stuff you can find, but for a big price. Otherwise you can find anything. (Brian)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • So many! Can’t even write them all. I grew in every way. I received so much love for others, stronger relationship with God on a personal level, and an understanding of the Gospel as it applies to our lives. Pure Joy!!! (Brian)
  • Because of my language skills, I was able to return to Germany where I now work. I also met my wife here when I was a counselor at the German EFY. So really, 75% of what my life has become would be attributable to my mission, and I for one feel like it is a pretty blessed life. (Kyle)
  • Everything. (Becky)
  • I met my husband 3 days after returning from my mission and we hit it off immediately because we both loved serving our missions so much. We continue to keep our missions and missionary work alive in our family and love talking about them still. (Emily)
  • I’ve learned to trust the Lord more and more and I know, that it doesn’t matter how skilled you are as long as the Lord is on your side! It’s not about what you can do! It’ about what you can do through Him! Now that I look back, I realize that I have a better life trusting in God and that my mission taught me that! (Joerg)
  • It’s where I met my wife! Married 18 years this year, with amazing kids 🙂 (Ronald)
  • My life and testimony have been changed from serving. It was not the best year and a half of my life, but it was life and soul changing. My testimony and resolve were made to withstand the challenges of being a wife, mother, and business owner. (Heidi)
  • It truly changed who I was. It is by serving others 100% of the time that your heart is changed if you let it happen. When you pray day and night for the Lord’s blessings to come to those you will be meeting, you can’t help but feel a part of their lives and culture. I truly left a piece of my heart in that mission. (Loggins)
  • An abiding testimony. This was almost 50,years ago. (Gordon)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communication, working with others, patience, love for learning about and serving others. (Becky)
  • I realized how easily we can overload our lives with useless diversions and how much time is wasted doing trivial things. I also became better accustomed to using my time wisely, and respecting and appreciating other cultures. (Emily)
  • Cooking! I am not a skilled cook but I manage to prepare something edible! Service! All kinds of service projects! I had no idea what people need as help and what missionaries are able to provide! (Joerg)
  • Language learning, navigating big cities, studying and talking to strangers. (Ronald)
  • Confidence, testimony, resolve, strength of character, persistence, positive attitude, patience. Just to name a few. (Heidi)
  • Being able to listen to the Spirit better, learn to get along with companions that I would not have thought I could, be able to approach people and have a discussion about spiritual things. (Loggins)
  • A better understanding of life outside the US. (Gordon)

Is there anything you wish you knew at the beginning of your mission?

  • There is no reason to hold back! Give it you all from beginning to end! Don’t fear embarrassment or whatever! (Brian)
  • German. I don’t have any regrets or things I would have changed. I worked hard and picked up the language quickly. If I had to come up with something, I would have started writing to the people we taught during my mission. (Kyle)
  • A mission is HARD. There will be times when you want to quit. No one ever told me I would feel that way, so when I was in that situation I felt like a horrible missionary for having those feelings. I later found out every missionary feels that way. I wish I knew that prior to serving. It would not have deterred me from going, rather it would have given me a more realistic perspective and expectation. It’s not all chocolate and roses. (Becky)
  • I re-learned on my mission to brush off the frustrations experienced each day and to start anew . . . It is so important to remember that the things that you are teaching others pertains to you. I had too many companions wallow down in guilt over numbers when we were working so hard . . . the Lord wants happy missionaries and members, you need to choose to be happy! (Emily)
  • How relieving it is to work mostly with the members! You don’t only find friends, you learn of them and they learn of you! They are the key to success! I had no conviction of being in the right place as I was hoping to learn a new language! It is hard to accept the will of the Lord if you can be as stubborn as me :). (Joerg)
  • Success is counted in many different ways. The Lord knows my heart and loves me and all of His children. All of my efforts are/were blessed. (Heidi)
  • It’s all right to make mistakes, don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t focus so much on exactly what to say or do and focus more on having the Spirit with you. Try to always see everyone as the Lord sees them. (Loggins)
  • Studied the scriptures a lot more. (Gordon)

What’s a principle particularly helpful for missionaries?

  • Obedience. Learn it, live it, love it! It is the key. Consecrate yourself! (Brian)

Any advice/message for pre-missionaries going to Berlin?

  • I would love to trade places with you! You will never regret this decision if you give it you all! Learn to love the Germans in all their quirks, work hard (no regrets, leave it all out there), be obedient! You are so lucky! Germany is not a “hard” mission. Everyone will tell you it is but throw that out of the window!!! Germany is FULL of prepared people searching for meaning in life. Be a prepared servant , and you will be led to them! I wish I had of taken seminary seriously. Learned more about the Facts of the Gospel. Really focused on building a personal relationship with God. (Brian)
  • Work hard, study hard. Take the time to learn German and learn it well and don’t stop after a year. Start reading the dictionary and expand your knowledge in German to your hobbies so you have the vocabulary to talk with those you teach. Err on the side of being too conservative. Stay happy, have fun, take the opportunity to eat good German food and not just döners. (Kyle)
  • It’s the best mission in the world. The East Germans have been through a lot. They are like M&Ms. Hard on the outside and once you get to know them they are soft on the inside. Don’t let their hard, honest, sometimes rude comments negatively affect you. (Becky)
  • Press on and stand tall. The Lord has blessed us with so much, you can be a dedicated, worthy and confidant missionary for him! (Emily)
  • Seek the testimony that you are in the right place! Germany is not a “hard” mission but very demanding! Know your scriptures and know your Gospel Principles! Germans love to discuss and even though the Spirit is most important, you will be grateful for the knowledge you’ve gained in advance! Learn about history! The German history is fascinating already but the history about the East German church will teach you how miracles are taking place in these times! (Joerg)
  • Keep a level head and prepare to be patient and persistent. (Ronald)
  • Be patient, learn all you can, open your mouth. (Heidi)
  • There is no other time like this in your life. First off – thank you for making the decision to go. Also, it is not about you, or what you will learn or do, it is all about the people you will be serving and how you can help them develop a relationship with our Father in Heaven. (Loggins)
  • Study with a purpose. Listen to general conference and BYU Devotional talks to gain a better practical understanding of the gospel (Gordon)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I told a little 8-year-old girl that Adam & Eve were the first two men on Earth, instead of people. The family didn’t tell me my mistake until the week before I left the area. They wanted to save me embarrassment. (Brian)
  • My first eating appointment I called the meal a “Pfannkuchen” which is basically a pancake! But in Sachsen a “pfannkuchen” is a jelly doughnut! So I said! Uh yummy a “Pfannkuchen” And the lady was almost insulted! So I realized, I should rather ask what it is instead of mindlessly naming it! (Joerg)
  • I remember one of our Elders – who accidentally used Sie (formal you) when referring to an ice cream. The members with him at dinner automatically called him on it, to which he quickly replied that with (brand – x, ice cream) it’s too good to just use Du, you needed to respect it with Sie. hahahaha (Loggins)
  • Saying, “Icy Weiss ohne Zwiebel”, instead of “ohne Zweifel”. I know without onions, instead of, without doubt. (Gordon)