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Hi I'm Siegfried

I grew up in Chile. I am an orthodontist. I am a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Chile. My family moved to the United States when I was eleven years old. As my schooling required, we moved around the county and finally settled in Washington state. I am married and have four wonderful children. I am an orthodontist by profession and I love working with people. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a great family that joined the church six years before I was born. My parents loved what the church brought to their lives. To us, knowing that we could be a family forever made the biggest difference. As I grew up, however, I had to know for myself. I have studied much and have found that the gospel is true. I served a mission in Florida to tell others about my conversion. It is the best thing in the world for me. I teach my own family now of these wonderful truths but I expect each one of my children to find out for themselves as well, as I did.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith every day in my relations with others. As an orthodontist, I meet new people everyday and I want to be an example to others of how someone who professes to believe in Christ should act. I hope that I can do that. Outside of my work, I have a family that tries their hardest to learn and live the principles of the gospel. I see my role as a father to be of great importance in teaching my children of the principles of the gospel. In addition, my assignment in church is to be the bishop. This means that I have the responsibility to teach, guide, and lead a full congregation of members of the church. I absolutely love this assignment and I am humbled by the responsibility. 

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Siegfried
One of the greatest doctrines revealed to mankind is the doctrine of the work for the dead. Our Heavenly Father loves all his children and wants to give all of us the same opportunities for eternal salvation. The ordinances and covenants that the Lord taught that are essential to our salvation must be provided for all, even those who never had the opportunity to hear them and accept them in this life. These ordinances are performed by proxy in the holy temples wherein the sacred authority of the priesthood is used. Those who have passed on retain their agency to either accept or reject these ordinances. If they accept them, they will receive the blessings promised to all who do, whether they live on the earth or in the spirit. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Siegfried
To make the administration of this world-wide church possible, the church is organized into geographical regions and sub-regions. The most basic administrative unit is called the "ward". The wards in the church vary in size but are comprised of a geographical area with anywhere from 300 to 700 members. The ward is presided by a bishop. A group of five to twelve wards are combined to form a "stake". A stake is presided by a stake president. In regions of the world where there is a lesser concentration of members, "branches" are formed. These branches are equivalent to wards but usually have less members. A branch is presided by a branch president. This organization makes it possible for 14 million members to each have local leaders that can provide guidance, teaching, and administering of the sacred ordinances of the gospel Show more Show less