The Bishop’s House
We were at the Bishop’s house a couple of times this past month. The first was a Sunday High Priest “social” (best English word I have for it). Brother Timm, his wife and child are seated in a very North German creation (Norddeutsch StrandKorb). Check it out online to see the varieties of these cool beach and patio chairs with shade. Would love to have one at home but don’t think they’re available. We had an ice cream night with those in the picture and got to know each other better.
|The Timm's with their new baby|
|Brother Bornholdt and Brother Weyrich|
|Sister Bornholdt and Sister Hartel|
A few days later, we were invited to dinner with the Bishop and his family. Their children were way too fun and we ended up with pictures of them and not the Bishop and his wife. They liked with we played like animals with them.
|Bishop's cute kids playing animals with Elder Frank|
|Sister Frank reading to Bishop's kids|
On our next Pday, we visited a Schleswig-Holstein (the state in Germany) city called Lübeck. It has one of the most beautiful “old cities” (Alt Stadt) we have seen. The German people take pride in their heritage and also the reminders of that past. Most every town has an Alt Stadt with a walking street with many shops and either original old buildings or rebuilt old buildings. The wars, especially WWII, devastated some cities (Kiel, for instance, which was a major port for the German U-Boats). In these cities, often the Alt Stadt never was rebuilt to it’s original spendor. Lübeck seems to be a city with smaller amounts of damage and has been rebuilt. Our visit was short, but we vowed to return and see more. We visited the St. Mary’s Cathedral which originates in the 12th century (1174 AD). The aerial view after the WWII bombing provides a sobering reminder.
Missionary Lessons & Conferences
Sister Frank and I have had opportunities to teach the gospel both at the center and in investigator’s homes joining with the young Elders and Sisters. Those are special moments to us. On occasion, I have asked if I could take a photo. Vladim is from Ukraine and loves and needs the gospel. We sit and read the Book of Mormon with him – we in German (which he speaks) and he in the Russian (which of course, he reads better). He is working hard and wants to be baptized. We pray he succeeds. He asked Elder Spendlove to play his guitar one visit. He played “Go Johnny Go” then a few hymns.
The Elders love music. They are very selective in what they listen to and many take what little free time there might be and try their hand at some musical instrument. Most try their hand at learning simple piano songs by ear. In our Zone Conferences, there is one elder who works on his German “Blockflöte, an instrument that originated in Europe during the Renaissance period. I’ve listened to him during breaks and every conference he has improved.
There are also those missionaries who are new and those who are ready to leave. We never thought we would become attached to them as much as we do. Elder Sowards, our District Leader is on the right side in this picture and left shortly after this photo was taken. He was a great missionary. We will miss him.
|Elders Risley, Spendlove, Lloyd and Sowards|
Hamburg and Old Friends From Berlin
Elder and Sister Johnson, whom we helped in Berlin during the first month of our mission, asked if we would like to visit Hamburg with them for part of a day. The young adults in their area were at a conference in Vienna for a few days and they wanted to see Hamburg, which is part of our mission. We are close to Hamburg and met them for a few hours of sightseeing on a Pday. We didn’t have much time for more than an hour-long bus tour to see major sights, lunch, then a trip to the “Miniatur Wunderland”. This exhibit is quite famous around Germany. In several large rooms, hundreds of miniature trains travel around miniature lands and cities constructed with hundreds of thousands of miniature people, structures, and landscapes representing famous places worldwide including Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Paris, Hamburg, and many, many, more. We only took enough time to visit a couple of rooms. Maybe we’ll do more another day.
|One of the canals in Hamburg|
|Another canal in Hamburg|
|Dusk in an Apline Village at Miniatur Wunderland|
|Strip at Las Vegas Min. Wunderland|
|City of Hamburg, Miniatur Wunderland|
|Hamburg again at the Miniatur Wunderland|
|Looking down in the Alps, Miniatur Wunderland|