Today in Sacrament Meeting, we had a missionary-themed meetings. I was apart of a special musical number; we sang “Called to Serve” and sounded great. Our Ward Music Specialist told us to imagine the people we will be serving and the work that we will be doing so we could bring the Spirit into the song. As I thought of all the people I will come across in my two years in Northern Germany, it made a noticeable difference in my performance of the song.
Last semester, my German 102 techer gave a presentation on the demise of the Berlin Wall. I was very interested in it because, unlike in high school, my teacher taught the lesson with a Gospel perspective.
As I sat there and listened to Bruder Haderlie, I thought of what it meant to gather Israel. To me, Zion is a coming together of different people who long to be as one to support and uplift one another. For almost 40 years, the Berlin Wall prevented Germans from doing this.
And that is when I made the connection much like the Germans are proud of their heritage and history, members of the Church are very proud of their divine heritage and history. Both of us act upon those memories. If we can remember who we are (Germans, Americans, or Mormons), act on that pride and glory, and honor the past, I think we can all agree that we have something in common.
The most important thing I can teach my brothers and sisters of Northern Germany is that they are divine, loved, children of a Heavenly Father, who wanys to bless us with prosperity and success.