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By Kent Larsen
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Major German Newspaper Looks at LDS Missionaries

FRANKFURT, HESSIA, GERMANY -- The Frankfurter Allgemeine, one of Germany's most well-known newspapers, looked at the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their lives in a long article last week. The newspaper interviewed one LDS missionary and a local member couple, giving its readers a glimpse into missionary work in Germany and into LDS beliefs.

The article mentions the number of missionaries around the world and the scope of their work, and looks at missionary work in Germany's five missions. In Frankfurt, 11 missionaries cover the entire city, which has a population of nearly 2 million. They contact some 100 people each day, estimates Elder Brandon Aycock of Duschene, Utah, who was interviewed for the article. He claims that about 30 of those contacted show some interest.

Elder Aycock is one of nearly 200 missionaries in the in the Germany Frankfurt Mission, which covers the area from Karlsruhe in the south to Wesel (northwest of Duisburg) in the north, and from Aachen in the west to Fulda in the east (including the German states of Hessia, Westfalia, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, and well as part of Baden-Wurttemberg). The mission counts about 15 new converts each month, according to Elder Aycock, but, he hastens to add, the missionaries have no quota, "We are interested in people, not numbers," he says.

Also interviewed for the article was Manfred Schienagel, one of the approximately 36,300 German LDS Church members. Schienagel and his wife joined the LDS Church 26 years ago in "almost an accident." "We were sick and couldn't work," he says, explaining how the couple were home when the missionaries knocked on their door. "Since we had no reason to turn them away, we let them in." They took about a year to join the Church, and say that joining the Church made a big difference in their lives, "Since then, we have grown to be especially happy people."

The Frankfurter Allgemeine article also gives an overivew of LDS beliefs, discussing the origin of the Book of Mormon, the Mormon trek, polygamy, the word of wisdom, the importance of family, and the LDS belief in a living prophet. Surprisingly, the article contains almost no factual errors, misstating only the date that polygamy was abandoned (1890, not 1895), the date the Church's name was set (1838, not 1938) and implying in error that Moroni wrote the entire Book of Mormon.


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Frankfurt Germany Frankfurter Allgemeine 28Dec01 N2
By Anna Katarina Stechert


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