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Hi I'm Dorothea

I'm a wife and mother. A European-Californian. A musician, reader and writer. I love life and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

This question is dear to my heart because it is the exact reason my grandparents joined the church in Austria in the 1960s. They were of another faith and were married "till death do you part." They loved each other dearly and wanted to be together forever. When the missionaries first met with them and wanted to tell them about Joseph Smith my grandfather stopped them and told them that before going on he wanted to ask them a few questions. My grandfather told them he felt like he should be able to be together in heaven with his wife but failed to see how that would be possible. He wanted to know what stand the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took. The missionaries had the answer my grandparents were looking for. Families can and will be together forever when bound together by the power of God, or the priesthood power in the holy temple, which is the house of the Lord. Husbands and wives and children will be able to continue those relationships that matter most, namely that of family. To me, eternity wouldn't be joyful if I couldn't share it with my husband and the rest of my family. I'm so grateful to know that I will be with them forever. My grandfather has already passed on, but even though I miss him and his influence on my life I know that I will see him, too, in the next life. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

A Mormon Church is a place we gather for our Sunday worship services. We meet to take the sacrament, the bread and water, in memory of Jesus Christ's body and blood that he gave for us. We also have Sunday School lessons and other spiritual meetings. Children attend primary and the youth attend their own lessons as well. During the week we use our church buildings for a variety of activities such as youth activities, basketball games, women's meetings, ward activities including holiday parties, pinewood derbies and other fun recreational activities. Our Temples are only used for specific spiritual and sacred events. These include being married or sealed for time and all eternity, baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors, and a ceremony in which we learn more about the purpose of life and our eternal destiny. Anyone can attend a Mormon church, in fact, we welcome and appreciate visitors. Temples, however, are especially sacred to us and so in order to enter a temple one must be a member of the Mormon church in good standing, living certain required commandments. Show more Show less