Hi I'm Dorothea
I grew up in Germany, England and California. I love art, good music and literature. I have a BA in music and play the piano and the organ. Right now my children are young, so my life is focused on play-dates, dress-ups, chocolate chip cookies, children's music, arts and crafts, sticky fingers and spilled milk. I try every day to be a better mother and wife. I enjoy trying new things and believe you can learn something from everyone. I love my life even with its ups and downs.
Why I am a Mormon
My father's family found the church when missionaries knocked on their door and were able to answer questions they had that were not answered in their previous faith. My mother's family comes from a long line of valiant Mormon pioneers. I was raised a member of the church but usually lived in places where I was the only Mormon at school. I met many wonderful people of other faiths. When I was entering adulthood I spent a lot of time seriously reflecting on why I was a Mormon. I had met so many good Christians that I wanted to know for sure why I was a Mormon as opposed to any of the other religions out there. As I thought about the things that mattered most to me I realized that the things I had the strongest feelings about were only to be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of these things are: The Book of Mormon. I know the Book of Mormon is true scripture. It is another witness of Jesus Christ. I know that if I live by the teachings I find in this book I am happier. Temples. I know temples are the House of the Lord and I can be with my family together forever because I was sealed in a holy temple. Modern Prophets and Apostles. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ speak to prophets today. God has not left us alone to figure out these difficult times. We have prophets to lead and guide us, just like they did in the Old Testament times. Because I know these things are true I knew I could not be happy any where else. Many other experiences throughout life have built and strengthened my feelings about the church. I am happy I am a Mormon.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
One of my favorite programs as encouraged by our church is Family Night, or Family Home Evening. We set aside Monday night to spend together as a family. No other church meetings or activities can be scheduled for Monday night. As a family we sing songs, share a spiritual message, play a game or do an activity. The kids look forward to Family Night. We feel that it is a habit that will help our family remain close as our kids get older. We also do our best to read from the scriptures on a daily basis. It might not be much, but it gives our children the opportunity to learn stories of faith and courage that will help them as they learn to make their own decisions in life.
How I live my faith
Since I am an organist and pianist my musical skills are always needed at church. I have accompanied musical numbers at church since I was 11 years old. This can be challenging at times because my husband is a bishop or leader of the congregation and we have three young children. But other ward members are always happy to help with the children so that I can play the organ on Sundays. I love the hymns in our hymn book and hearing the spiritually uplifting music at church is one of my very favorite parts of Sunday worship. I also am a youth leader, or more specifically a leader of the young women ages 12-18. I teach Sunday lessons and plan weekday activities. I love being a part of the rising generation and love watching them learn and grow. I have had a variety of assignments throughout my life in the church. I have loved everything I have done. Each opportunity has provided me with the chance to grow and help others grow as well. I feel incomplete when I am not participating actively at church. It is one of the things I love so much about being a member of the church. We all take on responsibilities and we all grow in faith together.