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Hi I'm Tim

I am German, living near San Francisco, have a wife and a daughter, work for a large Accounting Firm. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My joy comes from being the husband of an amazing woman, and the father of a brilliant little girl. They inspire me every day to go to work, and do my best so I can provide for them. My hobbies are reading, cooking, movies, music, but most of all, spending time with my family. I love to fly and travel, though I don't enjoy traveling for work, as I can't take my family with me. One day I dream of earning my Private Pilot's License and have my own plane. On a serious note, I am also a Type 1 diabetic, and am dealing with this disease in a more or less successful way. I was diagnosed when I was 25 - 3 years after having been infected with the Epstein-Barr Virus (which I was told knocked out my Pancreas so it stopped producing Insuline).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a member of the LDS Faith. I grew up in a small congregation in Germany, and learned about the principles of the gospel there. I learned about being kind to your neighbor, sharing with those in need of aid and comfort. But somehow, I didn't see why I would fit into that. It wasn't until I was 19 years old that I started thinking about my life in the LDS Church. The occasion was that I was asked whether I wanted to serve as an LDS Missionary. I said yes, thinking that I could negate at any time. I then began to study in detail, undertake activities with other Young Single Adult members of the LDS Church, and cleared up some previous transgressions. Slowly but surely, as I was preparing for my Mission, the testimony grew in me that I was on the right path, and that God had forgiven me. I was called to serve in the Switzerland Zürich Mission. When I started my Mission, I was first sent to Preston, near Manchester, in England, where I was to learn how to be a missionary. I was assigned a companion, a fellow German. At some point he asked me how he could gain a confirmation that what we are about to teach really is the word of God. I answered him that we should do as we are learning to suggest others do: read, ponder, and pray to God. I told him that I would do that with him. Over the course of the next few days, I studied the scriptures, thought about what I was reading, and asked God, in the Name of Jesus Christ, whether what I was reading was really true, and whether this was really the Church of Jesus Christ. A few days later, we were practicing the discussions, and I was supposed to teach another missionary about Joseph Smith and the First Vision. As I was recounting Joseph's experience I felt a burning feeling in my heart that I recognized as the Spirit of God, telling me that this story really is true; that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and this really is the Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth.

How I live my faith

As a faithful Mormon, I attend church regularly and try to go to our local Temple (in Oakland, CA) as often as I can. I serve as a counselor to our congregations leader of the adult men aged from around 19-40. We tend to their needs, organize the class schedule and other activities. I try to keep all of the commandments even though sometimes it means not participating in all activities at work. However I found great respect and support from my co-workers, who allow me to tend to my family's needs, or support me in placing my priorities on family over spending time with colleagues after work.