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Hi I'm Dieter

I was born and raised in northeast Oregon on a ranch. Now I'm a teacher, coach and sports official. I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My days are full of teaching Biology at our small town high school, coaching volleyball and spending time with my beautiful wife and three kids. When volleyball is out of season I officiate basketball and baseball/softball here in rural east Oregon. With the help of my wife and younger brother I opperate a small fencing business primarily during the summer. I'm an Eagle Scout. I love to be in the outdoors and spend some time hunting, hiking and camping. Having grown up on a ranch where these opportunities were plentiful I miss the easy access to the outdoors. The greatest things in my life are my family and the Savior. In spite of my busy schedule I have tried to keep Sundays just for family and church. This really sends me back to work charged up on Mondays. Growing up in a large ranch family (I'm the oldes of 11 children) helped me learn the value of hard work. Now I feel less productive if I'm not doing something all the time. Between family, teaching, coaching, other sports and Church I stay pretty busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught by my parents and their example that a close personal relationship with God and the Savior were important to a happy life. I have always wanted to be like my dad who is calm and understanding, always kind to others. My mom also influenced me greatly as a child. She taught me to be kind to others, serve and look to the Lord for help. My mom has a great smile that comes easily to her face. I have that smile When I was 16 I went to work as a cowboy in the mountains near our home during the summers. I would leave for the cabin Sunday evening or early Monday morning and not return until Saturday night. Most weeks I saw no one or occasionally someone from the Forest Service until my parents came to pick me up or I drove home. I loved this time and learned to be my own boss. It was an incredible responsibility for a 16 year old to be responsible for over 600 cow/calf pairs. The five different ranchers who shared that summer grazing lease expected me to do a man's job. Most of the time I just rode the pastures looking for cows that were in need. My only companions were horses and dogs along with some good books and magazines for reading. Having that time to think and plan my life led me to seek my own surety that God existed and that the Church was true. I didn't want to be a mindless follower of my parents beliefs even though they were happy living them. I knew that for me to be happy following the Gospel I would have to know for myself. I began to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it were true. I remember well the night that I couldn't put it down as neared the end. When I realized how I was feeling and how excited I was to finish reading the Book of Mormon I also realized that I knew it was true. I remember that feeling when I have doubts now.

How I live my faith

Typically my day starts at about 5:00 a.m. I have been a morning person all my life. I read the scriptures or recent talks or sermons from our church leaders each morning before waking my children and wife. I do this to learn more about the Gospel and to bring the Spirit into my life. I have found that my days go better when I do this. I am more considerate of my wife and others. I feel like I make better decisions and I'm just happier. I am currently serving as a Branch President. This is like being a Bishop in a larger congregation or a Pastor or Minister in another church. Since our Church is led by ordinary people who serve without pay there are many opportunities to teach, lead and serve. I did not seek this responsibility but was called to serve by the church leaders according to the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I am assisted in my service by all the members locally who teach classes, serve on the counsels of our church and give talks or sermons in our meetings. Most Sundays I meet with others in interviews to counsel and guide them in their lives. I am also heavily involved with our active youth group on Wednesday evenings. I love spending time with these young people who are trying to live good lives When I'm not serving at church or working I spend as much time with my family as I can. We hold Family Home Evening (FHE) regularly. During FHE we take turns teaching a short lesson and then play some games before having a treat. Even our children take turns teaching.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

For me this choice was an easy one. I don't drink these things because I know that God doesn't want me to and they are harmful. The few experiences I have had with drunk people and their choices only reinforced my feelings about abstaining from these things. When I was a child my dad shared this story with us and showed us a gold coin his father (my grandfather) had earned from his uncle by abstaining from these substances. My grandfather and his siblings were told that if they obeyed the Word of Wisdom (our name for this commandment to abstain) they would receive a $20 gold piece on their 21st birthday. My grandfather did this and received his gold coin. My dad told us that story and took us to my grandparents house to see the coin. He told us how he decided he would do the same thing even if he didn't get a gold coin. He then let us hold the coin and challenged us to do the same thing. I held it and decided then that I wanted to do that. Now that I have children I have told them the same story and shown them the coin. If they are successful in this they will be the fourth generation of our family to never taste alcohol or coffee or tea, or tobacco and drugs for that matter. Show more Show less