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Hi I'm Dieter

I grew up in Austria. My wife is British of Jamaican origin, I am an IT Director at an English University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Austria, but have been living in England for most of my adult life. My wife is British of Jamaican descent and we have 3 children, 2 of whom are now grown up. I love learning about the world and knew every country and capital of every country before I was 10. I wish I had more time to explore the world - but I'm fascinated by Google Earth. I also like good movies and sport. I currently work as an IT Director for a English University. Previously I also worked for a large Hospital and in Local Government. I like to work in places where I contribute to make a difference in people's lives.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a Protestant and my father was a Roman Catholic, but they were not regular Church goers. My older sister, older brother and I were christened Catholics as babies. When I was 3 years old, my mother met the Mormon missionaries. Their first question to her was whether she knew that there was a prophet on the earth today. This question raised her curiousity and she wanted to hear more about it. 3 weeks later she joined the church. 2 years later she re-married a non-member and non-church going Catholic (as most Austrians are) and 2 years after they married, my step-father also joined the church. I have always believed that there was a god and that there is a purpose to our existence. I have since researched other religions, but have never found any clearer answers to the key questions on where I came come from, why I am here and where I go when I die, than in the church I was already a member of, thanks to my mother having taken this courageous step as a young single mother with 3 children. Above all, I believe the Book Mormon is a true record and another testament of Jesus Christ.There are only two options: The book is either complete fiction, produced by an un-educated farmers' son within a very short period of time, or an actual translation of ancient records. I don't know of anyone, who actually read the book with an open mind and does not believe it's true. I certainly do. I am so glad that I know that I am Gods child and that I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

When I grew up I was always the only member of my church in my class and often in my whole school or college. In such an environment you have to be sure about what you believe and the values you stand for, as it so important for young people to fit in. However, I noticed people appreciated my different values and in college years, my fiends trusted me that I would not drink at parties, so that I could drive them home afterwards. Most of my spare time I either spend with my family or in voluntary church service, where I have been working as youth leader, teacher, organised missionary work, conducted Sunday worship services and provided support to other congregations within my local area. My best experience, though, was serving a 2 year full-time mission in England. Although it was hard work, I was always happy doing it and I learnt that real happiness doesn't come from material possessions, but from blessing others through selfless service.