Hi I'm Helmut
Growing up in Vienna and with my dad working at the theatre I was exposed to culture and the arts from a very early age. I have always been interested in literature & theatre, the fine arts and good music of all kind. I love to travel and my job is really a great combination of music and travelling since I arrange concerts for touring ensembles in Austria and the neighboring countries. It’s a great satisfaction for me to help creating meaningful experiences for other people. When I have some free time I enjoy running and hiking – I love nature and good food. To me there’s nothing better than having a good time with friends and family in a Viennese Coffeehouse or Heuriger. The most important part of my life is my family. My wonderful wife has been a best friend since my teenage years before she became my sweetheart. We always wanted to have kids, but for a while it seemed that this dream of us might not be fulfilled. That is why we feel so blessed to have 2 amazing sons who bring so much action & joy into our life.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a family of strong faith. My mother has been born a Mormon and my dad joined the church when he was a young student of philosophy and theatrical science. Our religion has always played an important role in our family and I learnt a lot from my parent’s examples. I have always felt the influence of our Heavenly Father in my life and always believed in Him and His son Jesus Christ. Surely I also had my time of skepticism and doubts as a teenager, but by studying the Holy Scriptures and praying regularly my faith increased and I decided to serve a mission to help other people develop a personal relationship to God. The special experiences I had during these two years have strengthened my belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ but also my respect and appreciation of people of other convictions. I guess that some questions might always be unanswered, but I know that there is a God who is our loving Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is our redeemer. This spiritual assurance which I have often felt and experienced has been a source of great joy, strength and also comfort to me in personally difficult times.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by trying to follow the teachings of Jesus – especially his commandment to love our fellowmen as he has loved us. My faith teaches me that all people are precious daughters and sons of God, regardless of their ethnical backgrounds, believes or other convictions and therefore I try to treat everyone with respect and sympathy. God still speaks to prophets in our days who lead the church and I do my best to follow their council. I pray and read the Holy Scriptures often because it helps me stay focused on what is really important in life and stay connected with myself and my Heavenly Father. I am so thankful that I share these beliefs with my wife, Julia. Together we try to raise our sons in a way that it is easy for them to believe in God and feel his influence. We believe that Jesus did not only redeem us as individuals but that he provided a way for families to be together forever. This believe is very dear to us and influences our marriage and family life deeply. Currently I serve as a bishop in my ward and do my best to lead the congregation the way that I think God wants me to. Sometimes it is a challenge to find a good balance between my family, my job and my voluntary service in my church, but I also feel that my family and I have been richly blessed by drawing close to the Lord.