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Hi I'm Timo

I'm a Mormon. Sounds boring? Far from it! I'm many things see below but the greatest of it all is being a child a God.

About Me

I'm 30 years old and I live in Germany, Europe. I was baptized in 2002, just a couple of weeks before I married the most wonderful woman on this planet (sorry to you other guys). We are blessed with three awesome children (1 girl, 2 boys) who enrich our lives. I am a teacher. My subjects are English and Physical Education. I love soccer and enjoy basketball and running. I also love making and listening to music (especially rock), reading and writing novels. I'm very interested in healthy and delicious nutrition (I'm a so called raw food vegan). Friends are important to me and I care a lot about them. All in all I can say that I'm constantly trying to make progress - in all aspects of life but one step at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I never believed in God. I never liked any religion at all. A friend of mine told me about the church but--as usually--I wasn't interested. She told me that everyone can know if there is a God. 'All you have to do', she said, 'is to kneel down and ask God if He is there. And if you do so honestly with an open heart, He will reveal it to you.' I tried that. I waited until I was completely alone in our house (it was quite embarrassing for me), knelt down and said something like: 'Dear God, if you are there and if it is true what they say about you, please give me a sign of any kind. And if you do so and if it is really true that you are my Heavenly Father and the creator of this world and of all things in it, I will change my life, I will believe in you and do all the things that you tell me to do. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.' (because my friend had told me that this was the right way to end a prayer) I waited a moment--and guess what happend! Right: nothing. I was very relieved. It is a wonderful feeling to have been right all the time! But then I thought: 'Wait a minute! That wasn't really honest. You didn't want to know if there is a God. All you wanted to know is that there is no God!' So I knelt down again (checking that I still was alone first, of course) and said almost the exact same prayer. But this time with a different attitude. Now I really wanted to know the truth. After I finished my short prayer, there was no angel descending from heaven, there was no pillar of light falling upon me or any other such thing. But there was a certain feeling in the back of my head. A shiver was running down my spine. I felt something I had never felt before. It was quite faint but too strong to ignore or deny. I cannot tell why but I just knew that it came from my Heavenly Father as an answer to my short and simple but earnest prayer. It took me some more time and lots of investigation to come to know that He was not only existent but cares a lot for and about us and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. It took time to get baptized. If you like to hear more about it, just ask, since I guess I'm running out of space here. :) All I can say is that it was the best decision I ever made, the best thing that ever happened to me and there wasn't a single second since my baptism (over 8 years ago now) that I regretted it.

How I live my faith

You can see my faith in some big and a lot of small things. I give you a list (that is not extensive) and you can decide which things are big for you and which are a bit smaller. - I always try to help others and to be kind and polite - I dress modestly - I enjoy church every Sunday for 3 hours - I don't work, do sports or watch TV on Sundays - I don't drink any alcohol, coffee, tea or take any other drugs - I'm faithful to my wife - I pray a lot of times every day - every day I get up earlier to read in the Holy Scriptures (e.g. the Holy Bible or the Book of Mormon) - I don't use swear words or harsh language - I don't watch R-rated movies - I don't listen to "inappropriate music" (music that is extreme or with bad language in it) - a few times a year I drive over two hours to the nearest temple and stay there for a couple of days - I frequently visit members of our ward - I tell others about the church so that they can also experience the same joy I found - I thank God for every blessing and try to thank Him for every challenge in life - I listen to what the prophets say and try to apply it to my life - I frequently reflect on my life, ask God for forgiveness and try to make it better - I care for my body; I try to give it the best nutrition possible and to do sports on a regular basis to keep it clean and pure because it is a gift of God - I don't have any tattoos or piercings - I try to honor my parents - I search for my ancestors - I'm honest with myself and others; honest enough to tell you that I don't do everything on this list 100% yet but most of it and I am trying hard every day to achieve the rest