Soon after the weekend’s LDS General Conference, church President Thomas S. Monson will be jetting off to Germany, a country that has played a pivotal role in his life and faith.
In the mid-1970s,President Monson, then an LDS apostle, worked behind-the-scenes with government officials in what was then East Germany to build a Mormon temple in that country. That dream came to fruition in 1983, when President Monson prayed at the groundbreaking for a temple in Freiberg. It was dedicated in 1985.
The fact that there is a full week between Pres. Monson’s meetings in Berlin and Munich has generated lots of speculation among German Latter-day Saints.
After the conclusion of the 182 Semiannual General Conference, President Monson will tour Germany, and wll speak in four different cities - Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. Supposedly the trip was only planned in late September, and there is a full week between the meetings in Berlin and Munich, which has reportedly fueled some speculation even among faithful Church members in Germany.
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