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Hi I'm Volker

I was born in Germany and came to the United States when I was ten years old. I am a school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired high school orchestra director, husband, father of six children and 24 grandchildren. Eight years ago I took up the hobby of flying Radio Controlled airplanes and helicopters, an activity that has helps me decompress when life brings too many pressures to bear. I also love to go fishing, especially for trout in rivers and streams. I taught school for 30 years. It was a wonderful job. Working with energetic, exuberant high school students to create music was frustrating at times, but it was mostly extraordinarily rewarding, and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to teach and get to know these amazing young people. The most influential person in my life is my wife. It is a wonderful feeling to be loved and supported by the person that you are married to.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Germany. My parents and grandparents were Lutherans. When I was two years old, my parents became members of the LDS church, and I was baptized at the age of eight years. As I grew older, I became very aware of the fact that I was different from almost everyone else, because in Germany most people are either Catholic, or they are Lutheran. Later we emigrated to the United States; Utah. Suddenly I was in a place where not being a Mormon was considered to be different. As I grew older I was exposed to many different ideas and attitudes. I was eventually put into a position where I had to choose if I wanted to remain a member of the LDS faith, or simply choose not to believe in any faith. Some of my siblings chose the latter path. By this time, however, I had had so many extraordinary experiences that I was convinced that what I believed and felt in my heart was true. My convictions have increased with time and with experience. I have grown to truly love being a Mormon. I love how my life has been enriched. I have been blessed with an awareness that God is real, and that I am important to Him.

How I live my faith

Nine years ago I was called to be the Bishop of my ward. That experience was amazing, and it kept me very busy. The best part about being a Bishop was witnessing the extraordinary manner in which the members of my ward served one another. I have been taught so much by their willingness to do the things that they were asked to do, and by their drive to do great things and provide compassionate service even when they had not been asked for help, and when nobody is really watching. These are regular people with the same problems that we all have. It is awe inspiring, however, to see how so many are able to set their own worries aside, so that they can use their time and other resources to provide service. It has made me want to be a better person. I was released from my calling as Bishop a little over four years ago. During that time we provided a refuge and for our daughter and son-in-law and their five children who had come upon hard times. It was wonderful to have them in our home and to watch them live the principals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it was difficult to see them leave again. Since their departure I retired as an educator and my wife and I decided to serve as missionaries. We sold our home and one of our cars and many of our belongings so that we could serve without having any concerns about money or other things and so that we could assist our children while we are gone.