March 21, 2016

Germany South Mission

Here are free resources about the Germany South Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Germany LDS Missions.

Germany South Mission Address

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

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Germany South Mission Map

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

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Germany South RMs

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

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 South Missionary Blogs

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

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

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Germany South Mission Groups

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

  1. Germany South Munich LDS Mission Group (61 members)

Germany South Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Germany South Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Germany Mission gifts

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Germany South Mission Presidents

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

  1. 1974, Germany South Mission renamed Germany Munich Mission.
  2. 1973-1976, Hans-Wilhelm Kelling
  3. 1970-1973, M. Blaine Peterson
  4. 1970, South German Mission renamed Germany South Mission.

Germany LDS Statistics (2016)

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

Helpful Articles about Germany

Germany South Missionary Survey

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

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 1972-1974 (Obi)
  • 1970-1972 (Kent)
  • 1973-1975 (Edwin)
  • 1968-1970 (Tom)
  • 1973-1975 (Jan)

What areas did you serve in?

  • München, Coburg, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Ingolstadt, Kaufbeuren, München, Burghausen, München/Unterhaching. (Obi)
  • Rosenheim, Nuremburg, Herzogenaurach, Heilbronn, Munich, Lahr, Bamberg. (Kent)
  • Munich, Schwaebish Hall/Hessental, Rosenheim, Munich (office), Leonberg, Ulm.(Edwin)
  • Heilbronn, Augsburg, Burghausen, Pforzheim, Wurzburg, Traunstein. (Jan)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Bratherringe, Leberknödel, Spätzle, Grieß, Leberkäse. (Obi)
  • Jaegerschnitzel! Actually, all German food remains my favorite. I first became acquainted with Nutella there, too. Loved Kloese, Spaetzle, and Rotkohl. Emmy yogurts. And what would I give to get my hands on a bottle of Sinalco. (Kent)
  • A variety of sausages with Spaetzle. (Edwin)
  • Jaegerschnitzel, Sauerbraten mit Spaetzele. (Tom)
  • Quark nudeln haferflocken kaseschnitzels (mmjamm) (Jan)

What was a funny experience?

  • The morning the milk blew up. (Obi)
  • My greenie whose understanding of German was less than he thought is was. He went into a bakery and asked, Haben sie etwas frosh? (Kent)
  • The entire mission office staff got stuck in the elevator of our apartment late one night and had to bribe the manager to open the door and let us out! (I was at the time the commissarian of the mission) and we had all arrived home at the same time and had two too many in the elevator! (Edwin)
  • Watching 12 Polizei try to figure out what to do with an overturned, full cement truck on a narrow street. (Tom)
  • I translated my own release letter (English into Dutch). I married my first German investigator. (Jan)

What was a crazy experience?

  • My (borrowed) bicycle coming apart in the middle of the street. (Obi)
  • We were riding our mopeds through Heilbronn one dark rainy night and almost ran into a man, dressed in black, crossing the street slowly. We got passed him then heard a thud and saw him fly past us. A truck had hit him. We went and rendered aid, gave him a blessing, and since we were the only witnesses, we had to meet with the police the next day to fill out reports. Were they ever surprised that we didn’t need ubersetzung. (Kent)
  • I was on a split up with my district leader and were on a call back when the woman investigator was being bullied by a drunken neighbor into going with him and his friend to a “party” we were able to distract them enough to help her get away but it came close to blows…very awkward and scary time. (Edwin)
  • Dealing with a former SS officer who still had a grudge against Americans. (Tom)
  • I was hit by a car ( I should be dead). I saw an accident, I was the crown witness, with two dead people. (Jan)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • The day my companion told an investigator that I speak French (I don’t) and she asked me the longest question I’ve ever been asked in my life. The Spirit told me to say “yes”, so I did. She was satisfied with the answer; I felt right about it; and to this day, I have no clue what she asked. (Obi)
  • Contacted a Nigerian man who joined the church, went back to Nigeria, and subsequently served in a stake presidency there. He was the most golden contact. When he was told he couldn’t hold the priesthood (remember, this was 1971) he responded, “Well, I am sure there are many things I can do in the church until the Lord changes his mind.” He was gold. (Kent)
  • Baptized a man who escaped from Czechoslovakia who was a border guard at the time. He convinced a friend who was also a border guard to jump the border and ended up joining the American Army, became a citizen and came back to Germany after two tours in Viet Nam as a helicopter mechanic to work. He was very faithful and had a deep testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and recognized the restored Gospel very quickly. An amazing man who gave up all for his freedom and future. (Edwin)
  • Too many to count. (Tom)
  • Too many to mention. I met Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball in person. My first investigator was baptized in November 1974. My love for the German people (my dad was in WO1 and WO2). (Jan)

What are some interesting facts about the Germany South Mission?

  • The longest castle in Europe is in Burghausen an der Salzach. You can set your watch by the trains. (Obi)
  • Absolutely the most beautiful place on earth! And full of history. (Kent)
  • I served with President Kelling and it was a joy to see him lead our efforts to teach in schools and businesses with the Family Home evening program! (Edwin)
  • It was souring the Viet Nam War, and the Cold War, so there were many NATO troops. The day I arrived in Munich, the Russians invaded Prague in next door Czechoslovakia. My first morning in Germany, I awoke to a column of tanks on their way to the eastern border of Bavaria. (Tom)
  • Before my mission, I was not fond about German people. I wanted to go to Israel or England. I bought English stuff, etc. The prophet decided different, I was angry with him. Then I met him on my first month on my mission…(Jan)

What was the weather like?

  • Nice in summer; horrible in winter. It isn’t “chilly” in winter. It’s cold enough to freeze the ink in your pen while you’re writing in your tracting book. (Obi)
  • Cloudy most of the time. Winters were cold, but not unbearable. Summers were hot and muggy – we had to wear our suits at all times. Overall, though, very lovely. (Kent)
  • Not like Southern California where I came from! It was overcast and misting so much of the time. I was not used to snow. (Edwin)
  • Which day? (Tom)
  • Nice, no complaints, winters were cold brrr (German Alps). (Jan)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Heh. They’re my people. (My father came to the US before I was born.) 🙂 (Obi)
  • The Germans in the south are warm and friendly, and will go out of their way to be of assistance to you. I really loved them. Too bad they didn’t want to talk about religion or God that much. I hope things have changed. (Kent)
  • I loved talking with the kids and college students. They all loved to connect and were open to much more than most adults. (Edwin)
  • Loved the German culture and people; still do! (Tom)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Polypropylene thermies for the winter. You’ll thank me later. (Obi)
  • Buy your clothes there. American styles look funny in Europe. Buy your electric devices there, too. (Kent)
  • Keep it light, you can purchase most everything you need there. (Edwin)
  • Buy German suits, overcoats and winter boots after arrival. (Tom)
  • No (have good knowledge about bicycles). (Jan)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I doubt that there’s a day that goes by that I don’t benefit from what I learned there. And I found the rest of my family. (We lost contact when The Wall went up and they didn’t know my Dad had any children.) (Obi)
  • An expanded sense of love and understanding of different cultures; that different does not mean bad or wrong. Greater patience. Spent my entire time knocking on doors and trying to reactivate members. No baptisms. I hope things have picked up since then. (Kent)
  • I was able to get a very unique perspective of just how great America was from those I was among. I felt the pain of the past linger in so many lives and was excited to see the light of hope emerge in their lives as they came to understand and embrace the Gospel. (Edwin)
  • So very many, but leaving Germany, knowing I had given the Lord my best and in the process, brought the gospel to wonderful people, has given me a peace that could not have been obtained in any other way. (Tom)
  • I loved South Germany, the German Alps, the typical Bayern clothing, the music, almost everything. Sometimes the people were a little bit crazy, but that’s normal. I loved my German companion, we were invited by the Americans and he didn’t speak English, it was so funny. (Jan)
  • Eternal blessings (see my wife) and 3 children. It was the best decision I ever made. The friendship with my sponsor from Sandy, man I loved that couple. (Jan)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Trusting my intuition. Listening to the Spirit. Money management. (Obi)
  • I wish I could say the ability to speak German has been a USEFUL skill in a land where everyone speaks Spanish. It does come in handy when watching old WWII movies. (Kent)
  • I had always loved cooking and so made a deal with most of my companions to do the cooking if they would do the cleaning! It was fun to shop and talk with people about our curious American tastes and it was an opener a few time in missionary work too! I also found that daily study was helping me in my life. (Edwin)
  • Learning to love no matter what. (Tom)
  • Endure to the end!!!! Love your enemy. Love the people on your mission. Try to love your companion (don”t try to kill him right anyway). (Jan)

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

  • How tough it would actually be. People shouldn’t sugar-coat things. (Obi)
  • The Lord’s definition of obedience is more stringent than most of ours. We feel good if we are mostly obedient most of the time. He expects full obedience all the time if we are to get the blessings we seek. (Kent)
  • We were in the first wave of the “new discussions” so our trainers did not know them nor did our teachers in the LTM so we stumbled around for months getting the “Rainbow” discussions learned.  (Edwin)
  • That with the Lord’s help, I was capable of more than I could imagine. Also, that the people I would teach already had faith in God and that faith could be built upon and needed my validation. (Tom)
  • How important Seminary is, how important it is to fix a good meal. (Jan)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Germany South?

  • Don’t waste time with people who aren’t truly interested. Otherwise, you’ll miss meeting people who are. Pay attention to the way the people express themselves. (Obi)
  • I will pass along this advice from Elder Hartman Rector of the Seventy as he told us. “You are in the most beautiful mission on earth. Enjoy it. Enjoy your mission. Work hard. Love the people. But don’t take yourselves too seriously. You aren’t that great – just young kids. Take the work seriously. Take the responsibility seriously. Take the gospel seriously. But don’t take yourselves too seriously.” (Kent)
  • Learn to listen and understand that everyone has some buried pain that the Atonement can cure. Don’t be too quick to fix….but always testify of truth “in the name of Jesus Christ” and the Spirit will do the converting and sealing of truth. (Edwin)
  • Learn the local dialect and use it. Germans will love you for trying. Work with the members…many have been doing family history in the Church longer than you may have. (Tom)
  • Love those crazy Germans. (Jan)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I once misprounced “shießen”. I’ll leave it at that. There was an Elder who told an investigator that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood from “Johannes der Teufel”. Gotta work on that pronunciation there, Elder. 🙂 (Obi)
  • Asking for a Kaiserschnitt in a barber shop. Oooops! (Kent)
  • All new missionaries struggle to use “Du sprache” with children and young people and the children laugh at you if you “Sie” them! Very comical. (Edwin)
  • A senior companion told his greenie to ask for a Kaiserschnitt on his first trip to the barber. (Tom)
  • We didn’t say Gruss Gott, the normal greeting from the Germans. Just smile, if a old grandma says that she loves Hitler. (Jan)