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Hi I'm Andreas

I am a Chemist with specialization in quantum chemistry and simulation. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As I first came in contact with the church, I was 24 years old. At that time I studied chemistry in Erlangen and the relationship between the mother of my son and me was emotional almost dead. It took another year and we moved apart. The first Sunday I lived alone again I decided to go to the Sunday service of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. That decision changed my life completly. I loved the ward and the service from the first momoent. People were really listening and trying to life the gospel. In the following month I quitted smoking, drinking beer and even abandoned my Earl Gray tea "addiction" (a tasty one). I did my degree and joined church in 2011 not having the slightest idea what was to come. Two years ago I finished my PhD. I learned another language and could not imaginge a Sunday without church. I am allowed to grow every day a little more in the gospel, knowing that I am far from being perfect. Family and friends around me noticed me looking younger since I have joined the church.

Why I am a Mormon

As I joined the church I was amazed of so many people who were really willing to live the gospel - not only hear once upon a time in a Sunday service about it. The community encourages each other to continue on living Jesus teaching even though it seems sometimes hard. I decided to be baptized during I had my final exams for my degree in chemistry. Knowing that if I would fail my past 7 years wre in vain, I was pretty nervous before the first of three exams. As far as smoking did not calm me down I decided to follow the invitation of the missionaries who taught me at that time and prayed about 15 min before the exam started. I prayed to calm down and to remember all the knowlege that I was learning the past year intensively. I left myself to God's will and it came as I prayed for. 5 min before my exam started I was completely calm knowing everything is good and feeling a peace I have never felt before. That was evidence for me that God lives and that the teachings of the missionaries wre true. By knowing that I had no other choice than to be baptized. Being member of the church and knowing that God lives, that he is there for me and that Jesus Christ suffered everything so I don't have to, if I allow him to take my burdon, helped me through many trials and hardships in life. Now I stand here knowing he is there. He lives. Jesus did not only raise Lazarus from the litteraly dead, His teaching also raised me from the spiritual dead. Hard times will come, that is sure. He can help us through everything - we only have to believe in him and allow him to help us. I testify of him having all power.

How I live my faith

From the first Sunday I have been at church I attended often. Since I have been baptised I have missed only one Sunday. I was able to organize a event (performance of the Ballroom dance company of BYU) for the church in the area. I can play a little piano - far from being good, but it is enough to accompany the children and sometimes even the sacrament meeting. As far as I am still one, I enjoy going on conferences and activities for the young single adults (YSA, 18-30 yr age), like the institute program or Festinord (conference for the YSA in northern Europe). I read daily in the scriptures and enjoy going to the temple, the House of the Lord, where I can feel him very close to me. I know he lives and I witnessed his hand in my life several times. I love Jesus and try to follow his example, even though it is sometimes hard, especially when it comes to forgive myself.