December 30, 2014

Germany Frankfurt Mission

Free resources about the Germany Frankfurt Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Germany LDS Missions.

Germany Frankfurt Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt Mission
Kirche Jesu Christi
Corneliusstrasse 18
60325 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany

Phone Number: 49-69-9706-4310
Mission President: President Ronald A. Stoddard

Germany Frankfurt Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Frankfurt RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Germany Frankfurt Mission. This 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.)

Frankfurt Mission frankfurtmission.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Sydi Spencer sydingermany.com 2017
Elder Spencer Fisher eldershf.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Adrienne Luymes adrienneluymes.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Ashley Anderson sisterashleyanderson.com 2017
Sister Addison Farner frankfurtfarner.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Shawn Hubbard mymission.com/eldershawnhubbard 2016
Elder Timothy Kay mymission.com/eldertimothyjameschapinkay 2016
Elder Tanner Rogers tanneringermany.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Kirk twoyearsingermany.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Kevin Andrew elderkevinandrew.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Aaron Baxter elderaaronsbaxter.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Brooke Ann Terry sisterterryldsmish.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Rueckert tgrueckert.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Peter Flickinger mission.peterfoxflick.com 2016
Sister Michaela Shurts missmichaleaann.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Mallory Funk sisterfunk.weebly.com 2016
Sister Erin Carroll erinserrand.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Isaac Cloward isaacinfrankfurt.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Sophia Wahlquist sophiegoestogermany.weebly.com 2015
Elder TJ Bishop missionsite.net/eldertjbishop 2015
Sister Savannah Teeples gingertogermany.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kevin Kenley elderdevinkenley.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Nikora Anderson eldernikoraanderson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Mark Standring elderstandring.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Keith Noorda missionsite.net/elderkeithnoorda 2015
Elder Phillip Henderson dallinindeutschland.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Cameron McGinn eldercameronmcginn.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Jeremy Rock rockelders.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Hayden Brown elderhaydenbrown.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Austin Cassell elderaustincassell.wordpress.com 2014
Elder Nicholas Emery eldernicholasemery.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Miranda Robison missionsite.net/sistermirandarobison 2014
Elder Daniel Squires dansonamission.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Rachel Hasara facebook.com/SisterHasara 2014
Elder Colton Weeks missionsite.net/eldercoltonweeks 2013
Elder Michael Richards missionsite.net/eldermichaeljrichards 2013
Sister Amanda Petersen missionsite.net/sisteramandapetersen 2013
Elder Jacob Muller missionsite.net/elderjacobmuller 2013
Elder Mitchell Hall missionsite.net/eldermitchellhall 2013
Sister Ashley Kingery ashleykingery.wordpress.com 2013
Sister Mary Leavitt sistermaryjaneleavitt.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Timothy Meyer missionsite.net/eldertimothymeyer 2012
Elder Scott Chambers missionsite.net/elderscottchambers 2012
Elder Nathan Garlick eldergarlickgermany.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Tyler Mayle eldermayle.wordpress.com 2012
Elder & Sister Ence billandloisence.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Austin Fausnaught missionsite.net/elderaustinfausnaught 2011
Elder Kyle Merrill eldermerrill.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Sean Whitnah elderseanwhitnah.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Michael Bentz eldermooker.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Daniel Schuetz danielschuetz.blogspot.com 2010

Germany Frankfurt Mission Groups

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

  1. Frankfurt Mission Facebook Group (365 members)
  2. Frankfurt Mission- President Lehi Schwartz Group (174 members)
  3. Germany Frankfurt Mission- Vikari and Wirthlin Group (158 members)
  4. Frankfurt Mission w/Pres. Manwaring ’02-’05 Group (135 members)
  5. Frankfurt Mission – President Victor L. Ludlow Group (52 members)
  6. Deutschland Frankfurter Mission Facebook Group (43 members)
  7. Frankfurt Mission- President Keith B. McMullin Group (31 members)
  8. Frankfurt Mission 2008-2010 Facebook Group (30 members)
  9. Germany Frankfurt Mission LDS Facebook Group (20 members)
  10. Frankfurt Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (16 members)

Germany Frankfurt Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Germany Frankfurt Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Frankfurt Mission gifts

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Frankfurt Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2017-2020, Jake Boyer
  2. 2014-2017, Ronald A. Stoddard
  3. 2011-2014, Lehi Karl Schwartz
  4. 2008-2011, Kevin John Ninow
  5. 2005-2008, K. Eugene Webb
  6. 2002-2005, John Laurence Manwaring
  7. 2001-2002, Frank H. Apel
  8. 1998-2001, D. Michael Stewart
  9. 1995-1998, Michael Lee Jensen
  10. 1992-1995, David Alma Burton
  11. 1989-1992, David B. Wirthlin
  12. 1986-1989, Christian Vikari
  13. 1983-1986, Victor L. Ludlow
  14. 1980-1983, Keith B. McMullin
  15. 1977-1980, John Lothar Flade
  16. 1974-1977, Eli Karl Clayson
  17. 1971-1974, James C. Ellsworth
  18. 1968-1971, Winfield Q. Cannon
  19. 1965-1968, Cecil Broadbent
  20. 1962-1965, Wayne F. McIntire
  21. 1961-1962, Royal K. Hunt
  22. 1957-1960, Theodore Burton
  23. 1953-1956, Kenneth Dyer
  24. 1950-1953, Edwin Q. Cannon
  25. 1947-1950, Jean Wunderlich

Germany LDS Statistics (2016)

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

Helpful Articles about Germany

Germany Frankfurt Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2014-2015 (Valerie)
  • July 2013 – August 2015 (Chris)
  • 2013-2015 (Jonathan)
  • February 2013-February 2015 (Bret)
  • 2001-2003 (Aaron)
  • 1992-1994 (Justin)
  • 1992-1993 (Marsha)
  • 1986-1988 (Chris)
  • June 2004-July 2006 (Jake)
  • 2001-2003 (Levi)
  • 1985-1987 (Quentin)
  • 1985-1987 (Jared)
  • 1979-1981 (Cary)
  • 1985-1987 (Marlene)
  • Jan 1988-Mar 1989; Mar 89-Dec 89 [DDR] (Will)
  • 1985-1987 (Jennifer)
  • 1993–had to go on medical leave. (Kerry)
  • 2010-2012 (Daniel)
  • 2011-2013 (Zac)
  • 2009-2015 (Anna)
  • 2008-2010 (Jeff)
  • 2008-2010 (Caitlin)
  • 2007-2008 (Jessica)
  • 1969-1971 (Steve)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Darmstadt, Wiesbaden. (Valerie)
  • Hanau, Bad Homburg, Mannheim, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe. (Justin)
  • Kaiserlautern, Saarbruchen, Karlsruhe, Luwighafen, Frankfurt. (Marsha)
  • Hamm, Hagen, Karlsruhe, Krefeld, Michelstadt, Langen. (Chris)
  • The Ruhr River Valley, Franconia, the Neckerau, the Rheingau and the Hunsruck. (Quentin)
  • Solingen, Muelheim/Oberhausen, Koblenz, Franfurt, Koeln, Herne, and Fulda (Jared)
  • Koeln, Paderborn, Dortmund and Kaiserlautern. (Marlene)
  • Duisburg, Kaiserslautern, Essen, Sachsenhausen. (Jennifer)
  • Darmstadt. (Kerry)
  • Solingen, Weimar, Darmstadt, Ansbach, Koblenz. (Daniel)
  • Offenbach, Essen, Bitburg, Gera, Münster in NRW, Paderborn, Frankfurt am Main. (Zac)
  • Frankfurt, Offenbach, Friedrichsdorf. (Anna)
  • Aachen, Mönchengladbach, Leverkusen, Köln, Düsseldorf, Heidelberg, Dortmund, and Frankfurt. (Jeff)
  • Mönchengladbach and Heidelberg. (Caitlin)
  • (Germany West) Neustadt ad Weinstrasse.. Heidelberg… Frankfurt (Hoechst)(Schwanheim) K-Town. (Steve)

What were some favorite foods?

  • They have lots of vegetarian options in their stores. (Valerie)
  • Bratwurst, döner, spätzle, schnitzel. (Chris)
  • Knoodle, Schnitzel and rot kohl. (Jonathan)
  • Rot Kohl- Cooked red cabbage with apple pieces. The main flavors are clove and apple. This stuff is to die for. You will miss it, get a good recipe before coming home. Jäger Schnitzel- I would say Jäger anything really. Schnitzel is deep-fried breaded pork. The jäger is a mushroom sauce. I didn’t like or dislike mushrooms before I left, but now I’d do anything to get some food with mushrooms. I’ll just say this. I believe whole-heartedly that no other mission in the world eats as well as the German-speaking missionaries. I only had one meal in two years that I didn’t like. You’ll be fine in this department. (Bret)
  • Semmel knödel, red cabbage, dampfnudel, döner kebab. (Aaron)
  • Spätzle, Roladen, Doner Kabobs. (Justin)
  • Don’t know if I can spell it, but domphnoodle in Karlsruha. And bratwurst. (Marsha)
  • All of it…and it still shows. Potato dumplings, all the wonderful sauces, the deserts are amazing…what I wouldn’t give for a real bakery. (Chris)
  • Bratwurst, Döner, Spätzle, Knödel, Roladen, Kinderpunsch. (Jake)
  • Schnitzel, Rotkohl, Spaetzle, Dampfnudel, Berliner, Doener kabab. (Levi)
  • Knock wurst, Spätzle, Continental breakfast. (Quentin)
  • Wurst. (Cary)
  • Spaetzle, Rouladen, and KafeeKuchen. (Jared)
  • German chocolate, the yogurt, rot kohl, broetchen, potatoes and meat, wurst (not Blutwurst), knoedel, roladen, whole eggs at breakfast. Did not like liver balls and sauerkraut at Silvester. (Marlene)
  • Rotkohl und Knoedel Gyros and pomme frites. (Will)
  • The Pfannekuchen. Brats that were too long for the round bun. Dampfknudl. Rotkohl. (Jennifer)
  • Bratwurst, White Asparagus, specially concocted Spinach dish, Strudel. (Kerry)
  • Doener, schnitzel, Milka chocolate, brats. (Daniel)
  • Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Spaetzle, Döner. (Zac)
  • Chinese. Japanese. Italian. (Anna)
  •  Sauerbraten, Döner, Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Rotkohl, Bread, Pastries, Pizza Margherita, Gelato, etc. (Jeff)
  • Döner, knödel, spätzle, Rotkohl, Spritzringe, Weißwurst, all the Brot und Käse! (Caitlin)
  • Cornflakes… scwartzwelderkirchkuchen….bread early am from the bakery … and Italianer pizza from a little cafe in downtown Frankfurt. (Steve)

What was a funny experience?

  • Jumping in a bus with the Elders and noticing that my companion was missing. At the next stop, one of the Elders called her and didn’t notice that I went off the bus with his companion, leaving him alone in the bus. Being on an exchange with an Elder: check! (Valerie)
  • Once my companion got the word for cake and feces mixed up. (Chris)
  • I had a companion who was just silly and he would put on a fake beard and run around the apartment with a uke and it was funny, because it was usually when we were bored doing weekly planning. (Jonathan)
  • The funniest experiences come by simply learning the German culture. They do some quirky things, but they’re a very respectable people. (Bret)
  • We taught a female investigator in the park one afternoon because we couldn’t get a member to join us. After the discussion, she invited us to meet her friend. We met the friend at an ice cream parlor. Then the four of us went to a cafe. As we were sitting at our table talking, I realized that this was a double date. I quickly excused myself and got my companion out of there. My first real double date was on my mission. (Aaron)
  • After teaching a Gospel Doctrine class while serving in Kaiserslautern, Sister Uchtdorf (President Uchtdorf was serving as Stake President at that time) came up to me and told me (in English), “Elder Weidauer, you must practice your German!” A few years ago I ran into the two of them at a Utah Jazz game. After saying hello to President Uchtdorf, I said your wife is the one I really want to say hello to. I told her the story and she went bright red and apologized profusely. I told her it was a moment I’d cherish forever and that she was correct, I needed to work on my German. (Justin)
  • Oh, when I was in Frankfurt, I lived in an apartment building with the Assistants to the President and an older couple, my companion and I came home for lunch and caught the APs breaking into their apartment because they locked their keys in the apartment. I have a picture of it. (Marsha)
  • Just all the strange new foods and saying silly things. Unintentionally of course. (Chris)
  • Group of missionaries were singing together, as a choir, during a world youth Catholic event. TV cameras came to interview us, but when they saw our name tags they screamed at the cameraman to turn off the cameras and stop filming the Mormons! (Jake)
  • Once, we went to a dinner appointment with some other missionaries to a single member. Every time she left the room to get something from the kitchen, we would switch places to see if she noticed. It was tricky because one Elder had a sweater so we would take turns wearing it so the sweater stayed in the same seat. (Levi)
  • The day before my companion was to be transferred, I ran into his front wheel of his bike with my bike and bent the rim almost into the shape of a taco shell. Back then (sounds like I’m an old timer), the shops in the little city of Bad Vilbel closed at 1 pm for the day (a Wednesday). We convinced the owner to remain open and fix his wheel, which he did. (Cary)
  • I was a new missionary and my companion took me on the Paternoster in Wuppertal and of course told me it turned over at the top. The whole district was there and watched as I grabbed a bar and in Indiana Jones style swung myself out of the elevator with just inches to spare. My camera was around my neck and it flew across the lobby. Fortunately another missionary caught it. (Jared)
  • Being proposed to by a Turkish guy, drunk man found tracting who wanted us to come in (we didn’t). A bike accident where my companion was more concerned about breaking her nails than her bloody knee. (Marlene)
  • Going out to serve and forgot to put on a tie. Was on the bus and a passenger noticed I was not dressed like my companion. (Will)
  • Tracting one summer evening and it was my turn to do the door approach. The young man about our age answered the door in just his underwear. My companion immediately ducked away. I had to look very hard in his eyes while trying to keep a straight face as I presented my opportunity to be taught. Never had I been so thankful NOT to be allowed in! (Jennifer)
  • Stopping by an ice cream parlor and noticing, parked alongside a strange dual seat bike where the seats were side-by-side rather than one-in-front-of-the-other. We went inside and saw our Ward Mission Leader with his wife also there, and had a nice discussion. As we all exited the parlor, we saw the two pick up the bike and pedal away–at least they were trying because they could keep the balance consistent. By then, the rest of our district had come by to see the same spectacle.; The district leader responded, “He’s not Mt WML.” (Kerry)
  • When a drunk man on the train wanted to go pee-not bad enough to get off the train (we were in an odd situation where there were no bathrooms and no way to move between cars to find one). He was drunk enough to yell that he needed to go though. Finally he jumped out of the train, ran to a bush, relieved himself, and ran back in as everyone in the train cheered him on. (Daniel)
  • I told my son that on this mission I needed every job experience I had, except the experience as an undertaker. Two days later, the mission office received an email from an Argentina mission that a member, who’s wife was not a member, died on his trip to Germany. I needed to talk to the bishop in this area and told him what to do to bring his body back to Argentina to his wife and little son. We needed a lot of paperwork. The missionaries needed to let the wife sign many papers and the Argentina mission did send it to our office. The wife started to take the lessons from the missionaries during that time. Before her husband’s body was buried, his wife got baptized, his son as he turned eight was also baptized and a year later this family could be sealed. That showed me how a kind God uses us as a tool. He can use everyone of us if we listen to his advice. Missions are different. I assumed my mission would be 18 months and it was extended to almost 7 years. As I needed to serve during my mission also as a temple missionary and as a FamilySearch support, I taught a man how to do FamilyHistory and one month later, we became really good friends, another month later we fell in love and another month later he proposed. Now we are happily married and we serve another mission for FamilySearch. We were the first couple married on a mission and still served four more months in the same mission. We were then released for three months to move in a new home and now we serve as eternal companions on our mission for FamilySearch. That only works with seniors but it shows that we should never assume that God can’t turn everything His way 🙂 (Anna)
  • The funniest experiences were usually Germans making mistakes trying to speak English or missionaries making mistakes speaking German. (Jeff)
  • We had a rule in our Dritt that if you spot the silverfish, you kill the silverfish. One of our companions found one in her garment drawer. Antics ensued. (Caitlin)
  • Playing basketball in K-Town with the Germans…(young men) and when we missed they thought we were cussing. (Steve)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Riding a car with our zone leaders at 10:30pm and running out of gas. We where in the middle of nowhere (bad schwalbach) and all the gas stations were closed. (Valerie)
  • A drunk Turkish man once threatened us and claimed to be part of the mafia. (Chris)
  • I got pushed off a train once. (Jonathan)
  • I’ll keep this short as to not scare your mother. I once found myself in a bar full of Muslim men who went on to tell me that they worked for Bin Laden’s Successor. We got out of there fast. (Bret)
  • I don’t think I had one. The closest we came to one was once a zookeeper invited us to pet the cheetah. He let us into the enclosure and took our pictures. (Aaron)
  • Going to a soccer game in Kaiserslautern. The fans were absolutely crazy. (Justin)
  • Losing control on a bike going down a steep cobblestone road in the rain. I ran full speed into the back of a parked station wagon. I put both arms through the back window and escaped with a small cut on my chin. It could have been much worse. I must have hit it going about 20 mph. Slow down on wet cobblestone hills! (Chris)
  • My companion and I were late to a zone meeting and ran to the train station. Our plan was to catch the train with the other Elders and yell at each other if we did not find them. We got on the train, split up to find the others, and next thing I knew I was on my way to another city….while my companion was watching me from outside the train. After about 2 hours of boarding and getting off trains, we met up and only laughed. (Jake)
  • Some Turkish punks lived between the train stop and the church, and would taunt us with knives as we walked by. One day, we invited them to play basketball with us, then they invited us to play soccer, then they treated us great! Defeated enemies by becoming friends. (Levi)
  • Threatened by the mob, met a terrorism hiding out while tracting. (Quentin)
  • My companion and I were driving home (he was driving) from a dinner appointment and he turned left at an intersection in front of on-coming traffic. At the last moment, he pushed the gas peddle to the floor through the intersection. Unfortunately, we were hit, but the other car hit us just behind where I was sitting. The force of the impact caused our car to lurch to the side several feet. I hit my head on the side window and through the friction of the impact on my shirt and suit coat, I received a friction burn on my right elbow. The Mission President was out towing home another mission vehicle that night that had some mechanical problems. As soon as he got back, he drove to our accident scene. Our car was still driveable – sort of. The rear axle was bent so the car bobbed up and down like a clown car as we drove. We drove the car out of the intersection to a nearby parking lot and waited for the police to arrive and our Mission President to arrive. He had only been there a few minutes when a young military man and woman drove up and asked if we knew where the hospital was. She was in labor. President McMullin knew where it was so he told them to follow him, leaving us with the clown car and waiting for the police to arrive. Finally the police arrived. They wanted us to sign some paperwork, which we didn’t understand, so they took us to the police station. They wanted to know what our address was. I told them one address, which was where our “anmeldung” was, but my companion gave a different address (the mission office). Well, not finding his registration there, the police got a bit suspicious. Finally, around midnight they called the mission office and got a hold of the Assistants who verified my companion’s address. We still didn’t sign any paperwork even though the police tried multiple times to get us to sign. Finally, they let us go. We had to walk back to the car about a mile away and we drove it back to the mission office. The next morning one of the APs went out to look at their car (did I mention this was the APs car?) and a door handle came off in his hand as he tried to open one of the dented doors. The Frankfurt central office found a buyer for the car so we drove it through downtown Frankfurt to the junkyard…clown car and all. (Cary)
  • See above ^. Also, my companion and I were mugged in Oberhausen. We spent the night in the police station looking through mug shots. I was able to identify one of the muggers. The other I had to identify later in a police line-up. I had said it was a young, Turkish kid. So when the line up was five old German men and one Turkish young man, I was pretty sure who it was. (Jared)
  • Not being able to speak English because of terrorism threats. (Marlene)
  • Being locked up at checkpoint Charlie for 4 hours. (Will)
  • The craziest experience was coming home one evening on the train and seeing a young girl either possessed or having a terrible drug trip. She was screaming, digging at her skin, and throwing herself up against the cement base of the raised train platform. I wanted badly to help her but neither of us had any idea what to do so we left. We hoped that if we were expected to be of service, we would have been prompted. (Jennifer)
  • Just biking down a dirt hill, only to have my bike buckle, and I fell to the side into some thorny bushes. (Kerry)
  • Going to really sketchy places in East Germany. (Daniel)
  • My companion woke up with chest pain and we ended up spending a few days in the hospital. (Jeff)
  • Once we were invited into a house to teach a man who said he was going to go get his wife. Sitting in the kitchen waiting for him, my companion and I noticed the man’s wall decor, which mostly consisted of part-naked women, the Spirit had insistently prompted us to leave the minute he man had opened the door, but we didn’t until we saw why. We left before he got back from wherever he had gone. Pretty sure it wasn’t to find his wife. (Caitlin)
  • Eating at the menza at the Mannheim University. (Steve)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I had a companion who was an amazing singer and she sang at sacrament and made everybody cry. It’s always great to be a good singer and/or knowing how to play an instrument :). (Valerie)
  • We taught a man once who had left the Catholic church and he prayed about The Book of Mormon and received a strong spiritual impression that it was true. (Chris)
  • There was a day where I saw the Atonement work for someone who I loved dearly and that was a super cool experience. (Jonathan)
  • We had a baptism for a 19 year old German. It was incredible. He’s a lifelong friend. (Bret)
  • One time we went to the hospital to see a member. We couldn’t remember her first name. We asked at the front desk, they suggested a room and provided a first name. The missionary whose area this was said the name sounded off. We went anyway. When I went into the room, the lights were off. For some reason, I apologized in English. The woman turned the lights on and explained she was an American who had just come out of isolation. She had been praying for a visit from someone religious. (Aaron)
  • My first and ONLY Baptism. (Justin)
  • The baptism of my only convert. It was awesome seeing someone get baptized who I taught from beginning to end. (Marsha)
  • Teaching a woman through a dark window about the Gospel, hope, and the value of Heavenly Father’s children. I never saw her face that day, but because of the message she came to town and found the ward, accepted the Lord as her Savior and joined His Church. I met her later at the temple dedication in Frankfurt and saw her face for the first time. It’s a wonderful blessing I will cherish forever. (Chris)
  • Being told by several that we were an answer to their prayers. Us talking to people right in the middle of life crises when they were looking for answers. (Levi)
  • There were a number of good discussions taught, conferences and firesides with apostles and general authorities (and one would go on to be called as an Apostle). (Quentin)
  • I will never forget the very first appointment I went to when I was assigned to my first city. My companion and I were to teach a family from Iran. Only one of the boys spoke English (even though we were German speaking missionaries), but no German. As we walked across the threshold into their apartment, I felt, and this is the only way I can describe it, as if I walked through a wall of love. I have never felt that since, but I have never forgotten how I felt. It’s a testimony to me of those on the other side of the veil there are people concerned about our welfare. The family was baptized a few weeks later. (Cary)
  • So many! Last week in the mission, It was snowing like crazy. We had had two or three appointments fall through. We were walking back to the apartment when we both stopped and were impressed to knock on a door in front of us. inside there was a group of younger couples having a Bible study and discussion on Christ. They invited us in and we were able to bear testimony and teach of Joseph Smith. The spirit in that room was incredible. (Jared)
  • Baptisms and teaching the First Vision. (Marlene)
  • Seeing the hand of the Lord in how the gospel was brought to the people of DDR. (Will)
  • Teaching a young man from Iran. We were teaching in German, his sister was listening to us and then translating yet again into Persian. We had no idea if she was telling him exactly what we were teaching, but the Holy Ghost in the room and the light in his eyes let us know that he was hearing the truth. He read all the portions of the Book of Mormon that had been translated into Persian at that point and was baptized. My last Sunday in Germany he blessed the sacrament in our little branch. He later served a mission. (Jennifer)
  • I was teaching a Chinese lady, who spoke no German and just a little English, a First Discussion. It came time to teach her about Joseph Smith and the First Vision. As I quoted Joseph I tried to help her understand what I was saying by gesturing the best I could. In spite of her not understanding all the words, the Spirit was powerfully there, and her eyes were all aglow. We eventually got her to understand the event via illustration. (Kerry)
  • When a young man started to understand the impact the gospel could have on his life and family, he said an amazing prayer and we knew that he had a testimony before hearing everything. (Daniel)
  • I was asked to sing at a baptism for one of our people we taught. I should sing with two angel like Sisters. My voice was horrible. I prayed and practiced and practiced. My voice stayed horrible. At the baptism, I opened my mouth and every tone was great. The new convert was touched, I couldn’t believe it. The Spirit was strong. I was the happiest missionary ever. After the baptism, I tried it again. I could never sing it this way. My voice was maybe kidnapped by angels and they took over. That showed me that God is greater than everything. (Anna)
  • Working hard and then ending up being at the right place at the right time to help someone. (Jeff)
  • Baptisms are the BEST! It’s the best to see someone you have watched and helped guide into getting to know Christ and repenting make that first and most personal covenant to always remember Him and keep His commandments. Every person is as happy as a kid and pure, too, when they come out of the water, and you can see it on their face. It’s a great reminder that that’s how happy we can be if we see the renewal of our covenants in the same light. (Caitlin)
  • All the baptisms and translating for Hartman Rector. (Steve)

What are some interesting facts about the Frankfurt Mission?

  • I was transferred to Wiesbaden without knowing that I had family members living there. Talking about family, my parents showed up in my ward on Mother’s day because my mom really wanted to see me… :S (Valerie)
  • We teach a lot of different people from different nations and enjoy a great public transportation infrastructure. (Chris)
  • Our mission spends the most on parking tickets and car repairs. (Jonathan)
  • There are no mountains. Like the rest of Europe, there is SO MUCH graffiti. You will notice it almost instantly. By the end, you’ll think it’s pretty. We have a culturally rich region of Germany. Martin Luther and his works in the Reformation occurred almost entirely in central Germany. There are some HUGE cities in your mission: Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Köln, Oberhausen, Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Heidelberg. Your mission has a surprising amount of military areas. There is a chance that at any given point you’ll be serving with Americans. (Bret)
  • There are tons of Americans. I think Kaiserslautern has the most Americans outside of America. Also, Charlemagne is buried in Aachen. Many Roman emperors ruled from Trier. And it’s the best mission in the world– not a lot of people know that. (Aaron)
  • President Uchtdorf was our Stake President. President Burton was the son-in-law of President Benson (who was Prophet during my mission), and Sister Burton was the youngest daughter of President Benson. During monthly meetings with President Burton, Sister Burton would bring her scrapbook showing her dad in sweats… Who would have thought the Prophet would EVER be in sweats :). (Justin)
  • While I was there I served mostly in the Ruhrgebiet. It is one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. The rail and bus systems in the region are too notch and getting around is easy. Preparation Day trips are fantastic and the culture will come alive as you visit historical and cultural sites. (Chris)
  • I taught more non-German speaking people (14+ nationalities) than I did German speaking. The Church basically had to start over after WWII because a lot of the Saints who had made it through the war emigrated to Salt Lake City shortly thereafter. (Cary)
  • I was called for 18 months and had the choice of staying up to 24 months. I chose 24 months. It was truly a blessing. My first Christmas in 1985 my companion and I were in a new area. The members were unaccustomed to missionaries. As a result, we did not get any invitations to spend Christmas eve or Christmas day anywhere. We spent the day alone, just the two of us. It was very humbling. (Jared)
  • The Frankfurt and Dusseldorf missions were combined while I was there. The Frankfurt Temple was being built, too. (Marlene)
  • We could only open letters on Monday p-day. No email back then. Spit shined our shoes daily. (Will)
  • The area is not the most beautiful in Germany because it is so industrialized and was heavily damaged in WW II. But the people were good and worked hard. (Jennifer)
  • Very rich with structures dating back hundreds of years, sometimes over a thousand. As bad as the humidity gets, you appreciate how green the landscapes are. (Kerry)
  • I served under three Mission Presidents in a row. I saw that every Mission President is needed for the right time. Even if some have attitudes, if they are humble, they can work miracles. (Anna)
  • Too many to list. (Jeff)
  • Just that it’s the best one. (Caitlin)

What’s the weather like?

  • The winter seemed to last forever. February was quiet depressing and I thought it would never end. Summer was way hot. (Valerie)
  • Gray and wet. (Chris)
  • It was cold and wet, or hot and wet. (Jonathan)
  • It’s great weather. A lot like Utah, but a little more humid. You will notice the humidity in the winter (not much snow) and for about two weeks in the summer. It does rain a lot, an umbrella will be helpful. (Bret)
  • Pretty temperate. Cold in the winter, but not too cold. Warm in the summer, but not too hot. (Aaron)
  • Perfect. Not too warm in the summer, and not too cold in the winter. (Justin)
  • The summers were wonderful, compared to the summers I’m used to in Arizona. And the winter was cold, too cold to snow, something I never knew could happen. (Marsha)
  • There are four seasons with plenty of rain and humidity. It’s lush and green in spring and summer, with beautiful autumns and winters. Be ready to sweat and get soaked. Take warm clothes as well. (Chris)
  • Rained nearly every day in the summer, winter was constant rain with a little snow. Very humid place. (Levi)
  • The coldest I have ever been was on a clear, sunny day with little snow on the ground and the temperature was -10 degrees centigrade. (Quentin)
  • There is a reason why things are so green there…the rain. Depending on where you live, there is snow or not. The gulf stream runs up and over Europe and since there aren’t any high mountains to break up the cloud cover, there are a lot of cloudy, misty days in the fall, winter and spring. (Cary)
  • I remember so much rain the first few weeks I was there in April. I never got dry! I remember humidity. of course I didn’t wear my hair very long, but with any length at all, I had very curly hair and the humidity made it even curlier. I wish I still had that hair. Winter of 1986-1987 was so much snow! It seems like there was snow on the ground for weeks and weeks. (Jared)
  • Cold in winter, warm in summer. Similar to Utah. (Marlene)
  • Normal. (Will)
  • The weather was mostly cold and rainy. (Jennifer)
  • I was there only for spring and summer, which was very hot and humid. (Kerry)
  • Cold and wet in the winter, hot and wet in the summer. (Daniel)
  • From sun to rain and snow. (Anna)
  • Hot and humid in the summers, cold in the winters, and overcast in the spring and fall. (Jeff)
  • Similar to Utah in temperature, just way more humid. (Caitlin)
  • Cold and cold and really cold… most winter days we woke up with ice on the inside of the windows. (Steve)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Public transportation is great in Germany! People weren’t as cold as I thought they would be :). (Valerie)
  • They tell you how it is. (Chris)
  • They were all hard working people, and the members there were super strong people in some ways. (Jonathan)
  • Everything. Germans are so incredible. I wouldn’t even know what to say here, you will LOVE them. The members will quite literally change your life. (Bret)
  • They are very kind and honest. They wanted to help everyone become a better person. They were very generous whenever someone made an effort. (Aaron)
  • Their love of the missionaries. (Justin)
  • Germany was a beautiful country, but it was a tough mission. And the winters were as cold as the people and not much work was done there. (Marsha)
  • My heritage is Germanic and Jewish, which I didn’t know at the time (the Jewish part), but I really connected with everything in the area. With prayer, study and fasting the language became native to me and when I came home I was thinking in German and translating to English. (Chris)
  • Seeing their dedication. Growing up, I complained if we had more than 2 home teaching families in the neighborhood. There , people had 6 or 7 families, all who lived 20-60 minutes away in different directions, and they got it done every month. (Levi)
  • I appreciated every area I served in and loved the people. (Quentin)
  • I have lived in Germany post mission for work purposes. I have found that people are people. They have different customs and traditions, but the people, once you get to know them, are friendly. Yes, they are steeped in tradition, but you can work with them and leverage their traditions to the gospel’s advantage if you love them and work with them. (Cary)
  • I loved the culture. I loved the architecture. The cathedrals and castles were breath taking. The Rhine river was beautiful. Every train ride from Frankfurt north was a new adventure. I loved the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Seeing other missionaries on transfer days was fun. Germans are not known for being warm and welcoming, but I remember lots of love from the members and investigators. (Jared)
  • Food, scenery, love of the members. (Marlene)
  • How they responded to the gospel message and we were able to baptize monthly. (Will)
  • I loved serving the German people but also discovering people from so many other parts of the world. There are people everywhere with wonderful hearts and that was my favorite lesson of my mission – we are ALL God’s children. (Jennifer)
  • The people are generous, friendly, and powerfully loyal. (Kerry)
  • They stick with whatever they choose to do and they do it with full energy. (Daniel)
  • They were loyal and hard working people. (Anna)
  • Everything. The German people/culture is rich and fascinating. The language is beautiful and complex. The landscape and the architecture are beautiful and filled with history. The cities are also diverse and there are many opportunities to meet people from around the world. (Jeff)
  • They’re honest and blunt. When they call you a friend, it is something they take very seriously. It is an honor and a responsibility, a trust from them, not just a “hey, I know this person” kind of thing. They listen when you talk and expect you to do the same for them. (Caitlin)
  • All had their unique personalities …. loved the people and the places. (Steve)
Any packing/clothing advice?
  • American hand sanitizer is great. I would bring that :). (Valerie)
  • Wait to buy a lot of clothes in the field, pack light for the MTC. (Chris)
  • Bring really good shoes, don’t buy the Mr. Mac coat, bring lots of ties, get a scarf and thermals. Fingerless gloves are way cool there. (Jonathan)
  • Here is what I wish I knew: Boots are optional for a reason. Don’t buy them. Don’t buy the 3/4 length Mr. Mac winter coat. From what I recall, they’re expensive and they fall apart quickly. Regardless of how strange you think they are, you’ll want to get a Peacoat. They’re classy, very warm, and extremely durable. If you’re anything like me, you aren’t going to gain any weight on your mission. Don’t let the salesman talk you into a huge suit. By the way, H&M is incredibly common in Germany and they have great prices! $20 slacks from H&M will last you months. Ecco shoes are awesome! I walked A TON and neither of my shoes were completely worn. (Bret)
  • We used the trains to transfer from one area to another. Pack so you can get your bags onto the train and back off quickly by yourself. (Aaron)
  • Make certain you take your suits to the dry cleaners at least once. Don’t go your whole mission without washing them. (Justin)
  • Bring comfortable, sturdy and warm clothes. (Marsha)
  • Pack for all four seasons. You will get hot, cold and wet, but if you are doing it right it won’t bother you a bit. (Chris)
  • Make sure you have multiple layers for the winter…the wet cold penetrates clothing easily. Don’t leave suitcases half packed for flight because they could tear if they have other stuff stacked on top of them. (Levi)
  • 90% of the items will take the first of your time to pack, and the other 10% will take up the second half. (Quentin)
  • Pack for cold humid days. The humidity goes through typical clothing. So pack accordingly. (Cary)
  • Don’t put all your books in your carry on luggage. Just know your shoes will wear out. Always buy two pant suits. Go to flea markets in Germany to find coats and winter clothing. I recall my letter instructed us to bring bed linens. I don’t know if it’s still that case, but every apartment had bedding. (Jared)
  • For sisters, loose fitting skirts you can ride a bike. Good winter clothing, including warm boots. (Marlene)
  • Look nice. The Germans want you to look professional – not fancy but definitely like you respect yourself and them. And be prepared to gain weight. Get clothes that will grow with you. (Jennifer)
  • Don’t just get an overcoat, make sure it’s thick, like wool. (Kerry)
  • Bring a good mix of clothes for hot and cold. I only brought 1 short sleeved shirt and that made it rough in the summers. Bring 2 pairs of shoes and enough money to buy another pair (150 EUR). You do a lot of walking, and Germany has good quality footwear. (Daniel)
  • Good fitting shoes. Especially Sisters should not be too fancy but useful shoes, they can work in. Also, learn using a bike instead a car. It’s easier to talk to people than sitting separated in a car. Outside clothes for rain is necessary. (Anna)
  • Don’t buy nice suits or an overcoat in the United States. You can get better ones for less money in Germany. (Jeff)
  • Buy it there. (Steve)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I study in Germany now :). (Valerie)
  • I will hopefully have a smoking hot wife. (Chris)
  • I just feel like I have a better understanding of who I am, and what I can do to improve. I also can say without a doubt that The Church is true. (Jonathan)
  • A greater desire to study with determination. I’m in my first semester back since returning and it has been way easier to get good grades. (Bret)
  • Elder Holland spoke to us once. He said that he thought he probably thought about his mission every day since he came home. I think that’s probably true for me too. I learned and grew so much on my mission. Everything I do now I understand through what I learned and experienced on my mission. I am a kinder, wiser, more hard-working person because of my mission. (Aaron)
  • A stronger testimony of the Gospel. (Justin)
  • My testimony of The Church, scriptures, etc. I am grateful I went. And my daughter wants to go. (Marsha)
  • All of the good in my life right now is sweeter because I was blessed to serve. I took an honest but meager testimony onto the field and returned with sure knowledge of the Restoration, our beloved prophet, and the Savior’s love and the power of His atoning sacrifice to redeem even such a person as myself. The faith gained and lessons learned and the improved character I developed continue to help me every day. Wonderful men and women- missionaries, members and prospects- helped me see past the challenges in life and behold the beauty of God’s children and the worth of souls…mine included. (Chris)
  • Increase in testimony, patience, learning how to get along with others, live on my own, dedicate myself to the gospel, being proactive to solve problems before they become too big, blessings for my family at home, etc. (Levi)
  • A mission president with a knowledge of the scriptures that inspired us to study them as well. (Quentin)
  • A love for all people. A love for the Savior. An ability to adjust to different companions and to discuss in a Christ-like way to differences and come to resolution. (Cary)
  • A deep and abiding testimony of the Savior and His Atonement. It gave me a foundation that has been fundamental in every aspect of my life. (Jared)
  • I learned faithfulness and obedience. Testimony building. (Marlene)
  • Amazing friends and colleagues for life and great people who joined the church and have been lifelong members. (Will)
  • A love of God’s children was my biggest gift from my mission. And to know that I could do things I never imagined possible like being away from home and family and working my hardest for 18 months. If I could serve a mission, I can do anything life throws at me, and its thrown me some big curve balls. (Jennifer)
  • It pushed me to work hard, stay on task, and love the people. (Kerry)
  • Good work ethic, a deeper understanding of what it means to live the gospel, and an appreciation for Germany. (Daniel)
  • To know how God works and I found my eternal companion. (Anna)
  • I learned a language that I love and I learned how important it is to plan and be organized. I also learned that the Lord trusts me and wants me to act and trust Him, rather than wait for inspiration before acting. (Jeff)
  • Joy. Friends and family. An obsession with all things German. Experiences I can remember and reread in my journal to help me remember the feelings and people and to strengthen my testimony. Confidence in myself and in the Lord. (Caitlin)
  • too many…. greater understanding of the gospel and the desire to serve again as senior missionaries… and the best part of senior missionary service is you get to pick your own companion, keep her/him and no transfers. (Steve)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I’m better at listening and understanding people. Living 24/7 with another missionary has sometimes been complicated, but I’ve learned a lot. (Valerie)
  • German, self-reliance. (Chris)
  • Cooking, a third language, sewing, talking to strangers, and forgiving. (Jonathan)
  • The ability to speak German. The ability to communicate with strangers and prepare my thoughts on the spot. (Bret)
  • Speaking the language obviously. I gained the ability to speak to strangers one on one or to speak to a group of strangers. I’m now a lawyer, so that is very helpful. I learned to trust the Spirit. I learned the feel of the Spirit. (Aaron)
  • Confidence in speaking in front of anyone. (Justin)
  • Better study skills of the Gospel. (Marsha)
  • Confidence, effective listening and communication, German language skills, improved work ethic with validation that dedication to a good cause always brings dividends. (Chris)
  • Speaking German, speaking to strangers and in public, not afraid or ashamed to bear testimony, juggling, solving rubix cubes, communication. (Levi)
  • Learned a language, which increased my understanding of grammar and usage. Understanding of Realpolitik. (Quentin)
  • Study and communication. I got a life-long driver’s license, which I have actually used. (Cary)
  • I became more confident. I became more of a people person. I gained so many friends. (Jared)
  • Bike riding, talking to strangers, communication skills. (Marlene)
  • Communication and organization. Determination to always want to succeed. (Will)
  • I learned a new language and also that nobody is scary. I can talk to anyone and be a loving authority figure. People who are listening to your message believe that you have something to offer them. Don’t be afraid and don’t be apologetic for the message. Be confident and strong and you will be a successful missionary – even if people don’t change, they know more than they did before they met you and you’ve given them things to think about. (Jennifer)
  • It improved my German, as well as my knowledge of the scriptures. I also gained an understanding of other people’s points of view. (Kerry)
  • Being able to start a conversation with anyone anywhere, German language skills, cooking skills, and more efficient ways to study. (Daniel)
  • Social skills. Computer skills. Being more guided by the Spirit. (Anna)
  • German language skills (many missionaries do not leave the mission field speaking German well, but you can become very proficient if you work hard), planning, teaching, how to navigate a European city. (Jeff)
  • Speaking the language, listening to people, learning not to judge. (Caitlin)
  • Being able to speak the celestial language (Uchtdorf). (Steve)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Don’t be afraid to talk to people. (Chris)
  • I wish I was more spiritually prepared. (Jonathan)
  • You will never know the language perfectly. Stop worrying and just be yourself. Perfect German will never compensate for a lack of being able to be yourself. The Germans want to see the REAL you, not the robot version. Just relax, you’ve got this. (Bret)
  • I wish I knew to trust the Spirit. They teach you to invite the Spirit and then extend an invitation. For a long time I didn’t trust them. I would worry that people needed to know more, I would have to explain more before extending an invitation. But at a district meeting, we were role-playing this very thing. The Elders did a great job inviting the Spirit. And right then I felt it and I knew that whatever they asked me to do, I would accept it. But the Elders didn’t extend the invitation. They didn’t trust the spirit. The talked more and the feeling faded. So when they got around to extending the invitation, the fire had dimmed and it wasn’t the same. (Aaron)
  • I’d have had a better knowledge of The Book of Mormon and would have read it more prior to my mission. (Justin)
  • I wish I was better at learning how to be a missionary, learning with my trainers. I wasn’t a good trainee and didn’t have a good attitude about it. (Marsha)
  • Conflict is poison. Bear the glad tidings of Jesus Christ with confidence, humility, and patience. Share the message and answer questions, but never, ever argue any point. Have faith in the Holy Ghost to take your message and deposit it in the hearts of your fellow children of God. Peace is power. Serve, support, be long-suffering and patient with a heart filled with charity. See all who you meet through the eyes of the Savior. His Atonement is able to save all of them….give it a chance by staying free from strife and contention. Love your companions and expect that all will honor the rules of the mission. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Chris)
  • 1) Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Putting on a name tag doesn’t change who you are. Even if following a different rule set changes what you do, don’t try to hide your personality. Play to your strengths. Germans open up substantially more when you show interest in something they enjoy. If we played a short game of basketball in the park with someone, they were eager to hear our message. If we just went and started preaching they would not hear a word of it. 2) Don’t feel like you can’t counsel your trainer/senior companion. Don’t put your thoughts, ideas, or needs under the rug just because your trainer thinks things should be done a certain way. Be vocal and come to agreement if there is something you would like to do. 3) Listen to the Spirit, even if it may seem weird, or contrary to the letter of the law. If in an extraneous situation, think about why the rule is in place, and what is truly important in a given situation. 4) Counsel with Mission President and mission leaders often. Make them your friends and have them be on your side as opposed to staying out of their sight for fear of appearing immature and incapable of solving problems. (Levi)
  • Get more sleep. (Quentin)
  • How to communicate with others better. (Cary)
  • I went in believing everyone obeyed all of the rules. I was so disappointed when that was not the case. I wish I had overcome my fears first and not while I was on my mission. (Jared)
  • That it would be hard and not a spiritual high all the time. (Marlene)
  •  I could have spoken the German language better. (Will)
  • You can never be really prepared for a mission. You take the classes and learn the language, but until you get there, you will have no idea. Just know that every experience will be material for talks later in life. (Jennifer)
  • I wish I knew the scriptures better, maybe a little more about German culture. (Kerry)
  • Tried to learn about the people rather than focusing on delivering what I thought people needed to know. (Daniel)
  • The big couture differences between Americans and Europeans. Germans correct everything to help people increase. Germans only correct language or behavior if they like you. Do not be offended when it happens to you. If people in Germany like you, they will help you different. The German people are saying everything harsher than you might to be used to. But that isn’t bad if you know that. They always say what they think. They will not lie to be polite. If you know that, you can earlier love them. (Anna)
  • I wish I would have not been so harsh/judgmental with my companions in the Mission Training Center/at the beginning of my mission. Every missionary has their own unique past experiences and outlook on life. Learn to appreciate attitudes that are different from your own. (Jeff)
  • Missionaries are just as human as investigators. Everyone came motivated by different things, experiences, feelings, and thoughts. You and your companions will have flaws. Love each other. (Caitlin)
  • Bunches… today’s missionaries ares so much better prepared, confident, and have so many more resources. (Steve)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Frankfurt?

  • Get good English if it’s not your mother tongue! I spoke more English than German on my mission! (Valerie)
  • Obedience brings blessings. (Chris)
  • Be sure you leave for the right reasons. Be sure you’re ready, and when you’re there, give it your all. (Jonathan)
  • Study up on the Reformation and be able to connect with people you meet about how Martin Luther really was inspired. I believe that Martin Luther was led by God. You want to find as many things as you can that you have in common with the Germans regarding religion. (Bret)
  • Get to know the Spirit. They say without the Spirit you shall not teach and they’re right. Have spiritual experiences every day. Every morning study should be a spiritual experience. Acting is just hitting your mark and saying your lines. Missionary work is the same. Be where you are supposed to be and say what you’re supposed to say. The Spirit does the rest. (Aaron)
  • Have a testimony of The Book of Mormon. Don’t have any regrets, SPEAK WITH EVERYONE. No matter how tough it may be, this IS the BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE. DON’T forget the members and people you served AFTER your mission. Stay in touch. You mean the world to them, more than you’ll ever know!!! (Justin)
  • I wish I had a stronger foundation and testimony before I left and a better attitude about it. (Marsha)
  • It is going to be a grind, but anything worth doing is worth the struggle involved in doing it well. Pray and fast for the windows of Heaven to open and they will. Be clean, always be looking for opportunities to serve, and give yourself 100 percent to the work. Thrust in your sickle with all your might and you will save souls, starting and ending with your own. Your love will be amplified by that of our Lord and your bowels will be filled with charity, which is the pure love of Christ. (Chris)
  • Read Preach My Gospel and practice creating and giving lessons from it. Go on splits with the missionaries and contribute testimony to lessons or try meeting new people. (Levi)
  • Prepare spiritually, decide why you want to serve a mission. (Quentin)
  • Follow the mission rules. They are there for a reason…to keep you safe. Learn how to forget yourself in the work. You do this by loving, smiling, and enjoying your daily work. Time will pass, but will pass faster as you lose yourself in the work of the Lord. You will never have this opportunity again…never, not in the way you have now. Embrace it! (Cary)
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. Even if you don’t know the language, say what you do know. (Jared)
  • Try to do your best. Heavenly Father does not expect perfection, although we get down on ourselves when we’re not. Get up each day and start again. (Marlene)
  • Read the Book of Mormon. (Will)
  • This is a great mission full of wonderful people. Perhaps the people who will listen the best are foreigners to Germany because they are the people who are out of their comfort zone and so humbled and ready to find the deeper meaning in life. Whoever you teach, love and serve as Christ would. This will break your heart sometimes but will also bring you great joy. (Jennifer)
  • Lots of tough nuts to crack there with atheism and low regard for religion. (Kerry)
  • Relax. Think about who and why more than what and when. (Daniel)
  • Work extra hard to be proficient in the language. Many Germans really respect those who can speak their language well. (Jeff)
  • Serve every chance you can. It will be over too soon. (Caitlin)
  • D & C 4… Preach My Gospel… and teach by the Spirit. (Steve)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I was on the phone and I wanted to say “sorry, I disturbed you” (gestört) and instead I said “sorry, I destroyed you” (zerstört) Have a good day! 😀 (Valerie)
  • Some people say that Christ killed for our sins and not died for them. (Chris)
  • I was once in a member’s apartment and they were asking me about new investigators. I was telling them about a man we had met and they asked me what he did for work. The man was a Taxi Driver, so I said he was a Führer. Führen in German means “to drive,” so naturally I thought that Führer would be a driver. In German, Führer actually means “Leader” but since World War II, that word is only ever used to talk about Adolf Hitler. The members laughed their heads off as they sarcastically told me that the Führer died 70 years ago. The real word in German is Fahrer. I only made that mistake once… ha ha. (Bret)
  • A missionary wanted to say we are here to feed your soul. He wasn’t too sure of the word for feed, but he tried what he thought was right and ended up saying we are here to devour your soul. (Aaron)
  • A lady started yelling at us while going door to door during my first month. I felt like I needed to share my testimony and proceeded to speak. I know what I was trying to say, but apparently didn’t communicate it that well. She shared with my companion that I completely offended her and that I pretty much told her she was a sinner… (Justin)
  • I told someone that because of Jesus Christ we couldn’t return to Heavenly Father. (Marsha)
  • Part of one door approach included saying we want to feed your spirit. I got confused with feed vs feast and accidentally said something closer to ‘We are here to devour your soul’ Watch word pronunciation too. ‘Nacht’ means Night (like good night), but if you are too hard on the ch, it might sound like ‘Nackt’ which means naked. 🙂 (Levi)
  • Too many in German (and English!) to count. (Quentin)
  • Telling new missionaries to ask for a “Kaiserschnitt” when the went in for a “Haarschnitt” (haircut). A Kaiserschnitt is a Caesarian section. (Jared)
  • I told a member that her food was lecherlich, instead of lecher. One means good, one means bad. (Marlene)
  • Can’t remember. So many. (Will)
  • I once saw “Back to the Future” in German, where when Doc Brown, in the 50’s, is first shown the working Flux Capacitor he says “Es functioniert!” I mistakenly thought I could use that when it came to describing how well something I have works for making life easier. (Kerry)
  • Ich muss mich umziehen= I need to change my clothes. Ich muss umziehen= I need to move (IE: from one city to another). So an elder thinks she is saying she is moving and the elder offers to help….and the girl says yes….except she was not saying she is moving. (Daniel)
  • I was not used to speaking English before my mission. So I prepared to learn it from the scriptures and said “you shall do that!” Or “spake” until a nice district leader helped me 🙂 (Anna)
  • Most would be inappropriate for this forum. (Jeff)
  • We were playing Pictionary at a member’s house, and the investigator we’d brought with us was drawing the word “Profie” which means “professional sports player.” She started drawing a tennis racket, and I thought it was a brush, so I yelled, “Brüste! Brüste!” Instead of “Bürste!” I’ll let you figure that one out. (Caitlin)