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Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche Hardcover – April, 2004

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F. Enzio Busche was born in Germany in 1930, three years before Adolph Hitler's rise to power. When World War II began, he was still a young boy, sheltered by the love of his parents. When the war ended, he was a prisoner of war, having been drafted into the German army at age fourteen.

The war left Enzio in a state of melancholy and full of questions: Who is man? Is there a God? What is the purpose of life? What happens after death?

To find the answers to his questions, Enzio made a commitment to go to the ends of the earth in search of the Living God. In time, he found what he was yearning for.

Today, he has literally traveled the world over as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has spoken in forty-one countries of the world, including eighteen that were part of the Eastern Bloc. He has visited and spoken in seventeen Islamic cities, forty-four states of the United States, seven provinces of Canada, and eighty cities in his homeland of Germany. On more than four thousand different occasions, he has stood as a witness of truth, always bearing testimony of a loving Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

In both his spiritual search for truth and his later travels as a respresentative of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder F. Enzio Busche has beheld many extraordinary events. "Yearning for the Living God" is a collection of Elder Busche's reflections on those events and an account of the life-changing awakening that can come to all who search for truth is this world.

About the Author

Elder F. Enzio Busche is an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on October 1, 1977, at the age of forty-seven. He has also served as president of the Germany Munich Mission and president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple. He and his wife, Jutta, are the parents of four children and the grandparents of nineteen.

Tracie A. Lamb comes from the small rural town of Manila, Utah. She graduated from Weber State College and served in the Germany Munich Mission while Elder F. Enzio Busche was mission president there. She received a Master's degree from Arizona State University and then taught English in Seoul, Korea, for three years. She teaches English as a second language and lives with her husband and two daughters in Auburn, Washington.

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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570089841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570089848
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Evans VINE VOICE on July 2, 2005
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F. Enzio Busche recounts the spiritual experiences that led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as many experiences since his conversion. His humble and powerful example truly inspires rededication to God. Elder Busche (as members of the Church in his position are called) lets his experiences speak for themselves in teaching the importance of dedicating our lives to God, serving others in charity and love. He minimizes editorializing on the stories, recognizing that they teach better than any summarized moral conclusion could.

The first ten chapters of the book give the narrative of his conversion and early membership in the Church. As a young father, I found chapter nine ("Raising a Family") particularly insightful in showing how love, respect, and being prepared for inspiration can help us lead our children in good directions. Several of the later chapters are dedicated to recounting spiritual experiences that others shared with Elder Busche, and many of these reminded me that I often aim too low in my spiritual expectations. An example of this is in chapter fourteen, in which a woman visiting Salt Lake City from Eastern Europe tells Elder Busche, "Can you imagine? I have found people in Salt Lake City who have never seen an angel."

Almost every chapter of this book, especially once I reached the beginning of Elder Busche's spiritual life in chapter four, left me pondering how I could reorient my life towards God and draw closer to Him.

Another excellent spiritual memoir by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, edited by Edwin Firmage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By USAF Veteran VINE VOICE on August 19, 2004
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This is a collection of autobiographical vignettes written by F. Enzio Busche, a German-born leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon). The vignettes are arranged in chronological order and are almost exclusively religious. They chronicle the spiritual development and conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of the author.

The story starts with his growing up in Hitler's Germany. Even as a young boy he begins to have spiritual experiences that leave him yearning for something more. The author describes well the post-war disillusionment in Germany and the counter-development of cynicism and distrust of any noble-sounding idea or endeavor after being so misled by the Nazi's. His war experiences including his being drafted at war's end at the age of 14 are poignant.

Eventually he encounters Mormon missionaries and joins the Mormon church when there is little Mormon presence in Germany and little respect. His personal spiritual growth parallels the growth of the Mormon church in Germany. Then he is called as a General Authority of the church and serves in a variety of callings from Mission President to Temple President.

The latter portions of the book are a collection of experiences from his later life and are not as conprehensive as the earlier parts of the book. I would have liked more of these later experiences and a more complete time-line of the authors more recent life events.

Overall, the book is filled with many inspiring and informative experiences and I would recommend it highly to anyone.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2004
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Besides only the holy scriptures themselves, this is the best, most inspiring book I have ever read. Full of important spiritual insights, it deserves to be read and contemplated. I have been recommending it to friends and family, and all who have read it agree with my assessment. The book's anecdotes are fascinating and stunning. You will be moved to strive for the benefits of a spiritual life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Nicholls on September 15, 2007
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The book starts off with a wonderful insight into the German people before and after Worl War 2. Having spent time in Germany with German people, this helped me understand where they came from in current history. This is followed by stories about his conversion and finding a living God who answers prayers and is a real source of assistance to people. It appeals to the spirit rather than the intellect that is not to say the brain is left out of the book. It is difficult to put down and at the same time so engaging that you have to take a rest while reading the book. Very uplifting to me! I have suggested it to many of my friends and those who have read it have the same opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 21, 2010
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This quiet little book has some amazing depth to it. Busche is a man of deep faith and humility. He shares some of his amazing experiences that led to his conversion to the LDS church and his subsequent service in the church. Any Latter-day Saint would find this a compelling read.

It is his early life, however, that makes this a book I would recommend to just about anyone. The first two chapters are a sort of stand-alone that tell of his boyhood in Hitler Germany. Busche was born just 3 years before Hitler came to power. He describes just what it was like growing up at such a time. He remembers being enrolled for Hitler Youth when he was very young, and the excitement he felt at his tenth birthday when he finally got to wear the uniform and go to meetings.

At age 14, he and some other neighborhood boys were rounded up, issued guns and uniforms, and sent off to the Front. By the time they had arrived where they thought they should be, the Front had dissolved and the American tanks were rolling in. He soon became a prisoner of war. As I read this, I looked over at my 12 year old son. It was almost impossible to imagine, but frightening all the same.

If you have any interest in reading more about World War II, I really recommend looking for a copy of this book. It might be hard to find outside of Utah, but I can't recommend it enough.
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