Jon and Larissa in Germany
Over the past few weeks, we have been very busy with young single adult events. But, during September we have also had a couple of events with family and missionary friends. On September 7, we took a train to Berlin to meet one of our sons, Jon and his wife, Larissa, in Berlin. We went to a symphony performance at the Berlin Philharmonia that evening, then did a little touring around Berlin the next day before heading to Kiel. Of course, it was a joyful reunion with the two of them and we enjoyed just being in the car with them and talking as we headed back to Kiel.
Though not listed as high priority in the “Sites to See in Germany” brochures, Kiel and surrounding areas of the German State, Schlewsig-Holstein, have their own beauty and we were proud to show them a few before they left for Hamburg on September 12.
|Jon and Larissa at the restaurant|
After Jon and Larissa arrived in Berlin, it was afternoon so we took them to a small restaurant in an area of Berlin near Friederichstadt called the Gendarmenmarkt. The square has several great buildings including the Berlin Music Hall situated between two large domed churches. As you can see behind Jon and Larissa, the walls are full of wines, but we were really there for the Potato Soup, which we love.
|Sister Frank and Larissa standing in front of the Berlin music Hall|
Later that evening we attended a concert at the Berlin Philharmonic (not the Berlin Music Hall), and the next day we briefly toured some of Berlin before heading north to Kiel. Though it wasn't a lot of time in Berlin, we all enjoyed the music, architecture and just the unique tempo of Germany's capital city.
Laboe and the U-Boat Monument
On the way to Kiel we stopped at Laboe, a resort town on the Baltic only 20 minutes from Kiel. There we watched large numbers of windsurfers with their multicolored sails out from the beach at Laboe. Then we visited the U-Boat monument and museum dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It is an enormous and very respectful monument that started out honoring just the German sailors whose lives were lost, but then changed after WWII to a monument honoring the lives of all those from any country who have lost their lives in submarines. There is also a replica WWII submarine that we went through that added a little realism to our visit.
|The beach at Laboe from the top of the monument.|
|The U-boat we went through--claustrophobic, but it made us grateful for those men and women who serve our country in these boats.|
|We all climbed to the top of this huge monument. The inside is not only an interesting museum, but the view from the top is spectacular.|
|Nancy finishing off her Schotten.|
The next day was Sunday, and we left for the Neumünster Ward where Robin Lohmann, a great young single adult from our area was speaking prior to leaving for his mission to South Africa. He had attended institute and attended, briefly, our missionary preparation class. We had promised him we would be there. Afterwards, we had to hurry back to Kiel because we had been invited to the Zicklers for dinner. We were excited for Jon and Larissa to meet Uwe and Sabina Zickler and they were excited to meet the Zicklers. The Zicklers left for Salt Lake City the last of September and Jon and Larissa would be one more family they might visit while there.
Senior Missionary Conference: Berlin
It was only a week after Jon and Larissa were here that we returned again to Berlin, but this time with our "little red" Opal, the only red car left in our mission, as the new Opals are all dark blue--It was much easier finding our car in parking lots with the other missionaries.
This was our first Senior Missionary Conference with our new Mission President. President and Sister Kosak had sent out information and the itinerary a few weeks before and we were excited to meet with the other missionaries to discuss their work, and to hear from our Mission President. Though we know many of the senior couples by name, our mission is so large, that we rarely get to meet more than a handful, so this conference was really a treat for us.
|Dinner at the Hotel|
|Elder and Sister Gibson handle finances, supplies, phones, much more in the mission office.|
|The APs having Elder Johnson demonstrate a concept.|
|Elder and Sister Böhm from Alpine, Utah|
|Elder and Sister Wilhelm - He served with Elder Frank in Berlin on their first mission.|
|Sister Stank and her husband supervise the Centers for Young Adults. Here she uses two seniors to help make a point.|
|For the fireside at their home, Pres. and Sister Kodak sing an old Russian folk song for all the senior missionaries.|
|Sister and Elder Williams work in the office and handle transportation, housing and all logistics concerning missionaries.|
|Our conference started with a dinner at the Lankwitz chapel|
|The hotel had a great breakfast bar for all of us.|
|We tried to get a photo shoot outside the Lankwitz ward house.|
|The courtyard at the Nazi Resistance Museum|
|Fireside at the Mission Home|
|Sister Böhm and Sister Frank|
|Elder & Sister Wilhelm & Elder Frank|
|Elder & Sister Frank|
|Fireside at the Mission Home|