The following pictures and captions are from the German news room website for the church but documents President Monson's visit to Germany... and Ariel :)
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|President Thomas S. Monson speaks on 21 October 2012 in the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle.|
|"Germany, I love you!" President Thomas S. Monson (center) waves to the crowd in Hamburg. Links stake president Dr. Karl Schmidt, right Elder José A. Teixeira, president of the European region.|
|President Thomas S. Monson speaks at the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle.|
|For several decades, President Thomas S. Monson works in Germany. Here (left) in 1970, then as an apostle of the Church, at a meeting with the German president Gustav Heinemann.|
|For several decades, President Thomas S. Monson works in Germany. Here in 1970, then as an apostle of the Church. During a meeting with German President Gustav Heinemann From left to right: Walter H. Kindt mission president, Elder Thomas S. Monson, President Gustav Heinemann, Regional Representative Percy K. Fetzer.|
|For several decades, President Thomas S. Monson works in Germany. Here in June, then. As Apostles of the Church, at the dedication of the temple in Freiberg, Saxony From left to right: Gottfried Richter, President Gordon B. Hinckley, Elder Hans B. Ringger, wife Frances J. Monson, Elder Thomas S. Monson and President Henry Burkhardt temple.|
"Germany, I love you," said President Thomas S. Monson smiling members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hamburg at the end of the first of four meetings in the context of a visit to Germany. The Global President of the Church met in October 2012 with believers in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt.
"For many weeks, I have longed for this curious visit to the country and people who I love dearly," President Monson known in Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle on 21 October during the last meeting. This was transferred to the church parish halls in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Overall, had gathered at the four venues over 10,000 Latter-day Saints, thousands more took part in the satellite transmission.
At the heart of his message to the German members of the church stood the invitation to follow Jesus Christ. "My prayer today is: have like we listening ears so we Him again hear him when he knocks, so we appreciate the invitation of the Lord and have wisdom to open the doorway to our hearts as well as the gateway to much to our mind, so Jesus Christ can come and stay with us, "President Monson said in Hamburg.
Those who feel the influence of the Savior experienced a change in their lives and feel a desire to serve others, he said in Berlin. President Monson reminded those gathered in Munich that Jesus commanded fishermen to leave their nets, and announced that he will make you fishers of men. All followers of Christ might be a fisher of men, he said. The faithful in Frankfurt he said, Jesus taught by example. He taught forgiveness, as he forgave, and mercy, he was merciful, added President Monson.
President Monson's special relationship with Germany goes back several decades.
On a cold November day in 1968, he met with members of the Church in an old warehouse in Görlitz. Whose faith touched him and he issued a emotive Vorausage that shaped his work in Europe sustainable: "If you keep the commandments of God faithfully, every blessing which the church members enjoy in other countries, also be your" promised President Monson.
Another memorable event for President Monson was the dedication of the former GDR for the unfolding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the early morning of 27 April 1975 on a hill near Dresden Prayer of Consecration. He brought gratitude for the church in the country to express described the faith of the members and prayed for the believers that they might visit a temple, a special sanctuary for Latter-day Saints. Back then there was the closest temple located in Switzerland, on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
During his visit to Germany in 2012, President Monson met with old friends and companions in Saxony. He also returned to Dresden, where he handed Elder José A. Teixeira, president of the European region of the church, a framed photo recording the precise location of the dedication, overlooking the Elbe.
"If President Monson visited Germany, we are all aware and we testify to that a prophetic prediction has been fulfilled. What a wonderful blessing it for all of us, him here among us and as a guest in Hamburg, Berlin, receiving Munich and Frankfurt. It is obvious that President Monson for the Germans harbors a deep-felt love and that this love is reciprocated by the people in Germany, "said Elder Teixeira.
President Monson's historic declaration in Görlitz turned out to be prophetic.
On 29 June 1985, the temple was consecrated in Freiberg, the first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on German soil. And even before the fall of the Berlin Wall were foreign missionaries to enter the GDR and missionaries from Germany were permitted to complete missions abroad.
Two years after the Weihnung the Freiberg temple, a temple was consecrated in Hesse Friedrichsdorf. Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost 38,700 members and operates 174 communities.