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New Zealand missionaries George Judd (back left), Ezra Stevenson (front left), Hirini Whaanga (back right) and Mathoni Driggs in Auckland, New Zealand, 1898.
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Helga Meiszus was one of 15 children who attended Sunday School each Sabbath morning at the Latter-day Saint Tilsit Branch in northeastern Germany in 1929.

Each meeting opened with a hymn, a prayer and another hymn before priesthood holders administered the sacrament for the benefit of children who did not attend sacrament services later in the evening. Those in attendance then recited a scripture together and practiced singing.

To help the meeting run smoothly, Otto Schulzke, the branch president, hustled to do whatever was needed, from conducting meetings to leading the music.

After singing practice, curtains were hung to divide the hall into classrooms for adults, youth and children, where each group learned about gospel subjects.

When the classes were over, everyone gathered together again for closing remarks, a hymn and prayer.

The historic scene, recreated from church records and told through the eyes of 9-year-old Helga, is featured in the third volume of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days and helps to illuminate the least known period of church history, said Jed Woodworth, a general editor and the lead historian.

Read the full story on Deseret News.

Saints, Vol. 3: Boldly, Nobly, and Independent, 1893-1955

Volume 3 of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days tells the ongoing story of the Restoration, from financial difficulties of the 1890s, through the global upheaval and technological advances of the early twentieth century, and on to dedication of the first temple in Europe in 1955.

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