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Hi I'm Fritz

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a physician an interventional radiologist, married 30 years, 5 children ages 26 to 8, 2 granddaughters. I am a convert to the Mormon Church at age 21. I have been a stage performer a pantomime artist earlier in life and have a natural curiosity about the world. I served a volunteer 2 year mission to Alaska for the Mormon Church after I had joined. 

Why I am a Mormon

I heard about the Mormon Church through a friend and went to church with him. It was a most interesting experience. The entire church ran on volunteers (no paid ministry) and the congregation members seemed well acquainted with each other beyond Sunday meetings. I studied out their beliefs which included our life in heaven and our purposes here on earth. They had a profound dedication to Jesus Christ and said that the church was in fact the Church of Jesus Christ with living prophets. I read a book called the Book of Mormon which contained the writings of ancient American prophets. I was invited to pray and seek answers for myself from God directly. I had a remarkable spiritual experience in my search. Membership in the Church has brought peace and enlightenment. The teachings have also carried my family through very challenging times. We believe that we are building a family that will carry into eternity.

How I live my faith

We attend church meetings each Sunday to renew our promises to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. We look for opportunities to serve others and help those in need. On Monday nights we have a family night when we share talents, talk about what's going on in our lives, learn more about the teachings of Jesus Christ, and have fun. We reaffirm our commitment to God and to each other. The reality of the living Christ is ever present in our work life, our school life, and in our neighborhood life. We are trying to become better people and have faith in the Lord's plan of happiness.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse any political party, but the members are encouraged to participate in the political process and to support honest and wise people to serve in government. The Church teaches that our Constitution is an inspired document and should be "befriended" by the members. Those who will administer the laws with a fair hand should be sought for and upheld. We teach that governments are instituted for the benefit of its people, and that we in turn are bound to sustain and uphold our governments. But governments and the political process do not have a right to bind the consciences of people. Freedom of conscience and lawful protest are held sacred. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

It is a deep and motivating spiritual feeling that reflects communication of divine truths from God. A testimony guides our actions and lifts us to become our best self. For example, I have a testimony of the love of God the Father for his children and feel his desire that I extend kindness, respect, and help to those around me. I have a testimony of the Atonement of Christ as a divine gift of love and mercy, and wish to access the gift of Christ's mercy by striving to obey his commandments and making the changes needed in my life to improve a little at a time day by day. Show more Show less