Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016

 We started out the new year with a Mission Leadership Council.
 Our mission leaders work hard to help their zones and this is a time when they can talk together.
 Our office staff is an integral part of what we do here!
 Here is the whole group!
 The Office Elders had two wonderful baptisms in the International Ward.
 We were very grateful to welcome Elder & Sister Neilson into the mission!
 We got to help teach an investigator, Eleanor in the Mission Home
 Then it was Transfer Time again--we loved getting our 6 new Goldens!
 And we welcomed Elder Hunter back!  
 Now we have 2 Elder Hunters in the Mission
 The next morning the Goldens were all ready to head off to their new areas.
 This is what part of the transfer looked like, at least in the München Haupt Bahnhof
 We had a small, but strong outgoing group this time.
 We had a wonderful testimony meeting together on their last night.  We will miss them!
Our great München 2 Sisters got to have a reporter work with them to see what sister missionaries do.  They came and gave me a wonderful report afterward.
We finished up the month with a Coordinating Council Meeting.  This is a time for all of the Stake Presidents in our Mission to meet with Elder Leimer and President Kohler.
P.S.  Just a little Kohler Family Update:  Here is Erika in Amsterdam on a choir trip.

Here is Tosha in Provo going to the temple with her room mate.
 And here is our missionary--Elder Kohler--in Moldova!

Friday, January 1, 2016

December 2015

  December was an exciting month--it began with 4 wonderful Christmas Zone Conferences throughout the Mission.  Our first one was held in Zürich.  
 The musical numbers from the missionaries were beautiful.
 The Bern, St. Gallen & half of Zürich Zones were together for this meeting.
 At lunch time the missionaries had a fun time doing a gift exchange.
 And the Relief Society provided a wonderful lunch for us!

 Our next Zone Conference was in Stuttgart.
 The Stuttgart and other half of the Zürich zones were gathered together on this day.
 Gift Exchange...

and more beautiful music from our talented missionaries.
 Our 3rd meeting was in Munich with the Munich Zone.

 Gift Exchange and Lunch
 President Kohler shared a wonderful Christmas Message and we enjoyed watching the new Silent Night movie together.
Our 4th meeting was in Austria.
This meeting was for the Salzburg and Wien Zones.

 We were especially happy to have Erika with us for this meeting!
 And of course the missionaries love to eat and visit.
 We sure do appreciate the wonderful members who provide us with delicious lunches!
A great missionary choir!
 On Sunday we were able to visit the Neuötting Branch.
 Then it was time for the December transfer--here are our 19 new Goldens!
 At the airport, loading their luggage into the mission van.
 Sisters Gildner and Fischer-Laudenbach served our outgoing missionaries a wonderful meal!
 We said goodbye to 16 great missionaries.
 We will miss you!
 Goodbye Elder & Sister McCormack!
 The next week we welcomed the Gardners into the mission--they will be serving in Singen.
 And the Lees are ready to go home--what a wonderful job they have done!
 On Christmas Day around the mission our missionaries got to Skype their families at home.  We also got to Skype with our missionary!  It was so great to be all together again--Tosha in Provo, the three of us in Munich and Tanner in Moldova.
 The next Sunday we enjoyed being in the Linz Ward--the missionaries had many wonderful investigators at church that day!
 Our Linz Missionaries (missing from the picture are Elder & Sister Graham)
Finally, to finish out the year we got to deliver supplies to some of our missionaries in Wien.  
We love all of our missionaries and look forward to 2016!