Mission history shared by Darrell Clegg: I was the first missionary called to the South German Mission before it was actually organized. I received my call to the South Gennan Mission on August I9. I959. I entered the mission home in SLC Sept 14. 1959 and arrived in Frankfurt Sept 22, 1959 for a 30 month mission. The South German Mission had not yet been organized at that time, so I served under President Theodore Burton in the West German Mission and was assigned to München to be a Jr. companion to an Elder who had been out two years. Later in October the South German Mission was organized and the first president was John Buehner. Those missionaries in the West German who were presently serving in Southem Germany under President Burton at the time the boundaries were created for the South German Mission automatically became missionaries in the new mission. Unfortunately. President Buehner served only 6 months and had to retum home due to a severe illness. A temporary mission president. Samuel Bringhurst was called to serve about two months until another president. T. Quentin Cannon was called. President Cannon served until February 1961. He was then called to be the legal authority for church affairs in Germany. His replacement was Blythe Gardner under whom I served until March 4, 1962 when the Bavarian Mission was formed from the South German Mission. Since I was serving in München and just days before my release everyone in München automatically became missionaries in the Bavarian Mission under the direction of President Owen Spencer Jacobs, my 6"‘ mission president. I was now in my third mission. but only 3 weeks until my 30 months were up. I was released from the Bavarian Mission by President Jacobs March 22, 1962. I'm probably one of only a few missionaries who served in 3 missions and had six mission presidents. During my 2 1/2 years I served as Jr. Companion. Sr. Companion. Branch President in Bayreuth. Traveling Elder and Supervising Elder.
Looking fonv ard to being at the reunion.
Mission history shared by Kaydell Bowles, who served in the South German Mission under each of the mission presidents listed above, from January 1960 until his release from the Bavarian Mission in 1962: The South German Mission began in 1960, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Feuerbach. The first Mission President was John Buehner of Salt Lake City. Due to health issues, he was only able to serve a few months. He was replaced by S. Bringhurst, who filled in for three or four months. (President Bringhurst had just been released from serving as the Swiss Temple President.) He was replaced by Q. R. Cannon who served as Mission President from April 1, 1961 until February 1962. He was called back to Salt Lake City, to serve as the Church lawyer. Blythe Gardner replaced him as Mission President. However, not long afterward, the South German Mission was divided, and the Bavarian Mission was created, with President Owen Jacobs. (The history of the Bavarian Mission is under the Bavarian menu item on this website.)
President Gardner was followed by President John Fetzer, during which time the Bavarian Mission was folded back into the South German Mission. President Fetzer was followed by Orville Gunther.