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Hi I'm Sabastian

I grew up in Germany, England, and the United States. I study math and physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I study math and physics, and I have a degree in German and Classical Studies (i.e., Greek and Latin). I have worked for the medical communications, hotel, fitness equipment, and furniture industries. I like to hike, read, exercise, and eat out. I enjoy the outdoors and the mountains. My father was in the air force, so I was born in South Dakota and then grew up in Germany, England, and New Mexico. I have also lived in New York, Missouri, and Utah. My profile picture is of me after I ran the Park City marathon in 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into and grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly after I graduated from high school, I stopped believing and removed myself from the church completely. I attended college and worked far from home. After many years and experiences, I began to feel a desire to do the right things in life, even though I didn't really know what those things were. The desire had nothing to do with the church or the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was simply a growing belief that there was a correct path and that I ought to find it and follow it. After about a year, I moved home to rethink my life's direction, and after another six months, I began to attend my parents' congregation. I had many doubts about the church, but despite them, I decided to practice faith and live how Jesus Christ has asked us to live, reasoning that if it all turned out to be wrong, I could wipe my hands of it and move on with certainty. Over the following months, personal, sweet experiences confirmed to me that there is a Father in Heaven, that his son Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Jesus Christ reestablished his church through the prophet Joseph Smith and continues to lead it today through the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I have been active in the church for almost four years now, and my faith is continually confirmed. Looking back, I can see that following the teachings of Jesus Christ and serving in His church have made me a better, kinder person. I have seen miracles in my own life and in the lives of others. The Holy Ghost, which testifies of the Father and the Son, has softened my heart, broadened my perspective, and filled me with love. It is those small changes and assurances that strengthen my knowledge of God and his plan of salvation. I know that I am on the right path, and the more I serve, keep the commandments, and look to Jesus Christ, the more sure I become.

How I live my faith

I attend a ward (i.e., congregation) made up almost entirely of young single adults (ages 18-30). In addition to church services, we have many social and service activities, and I like to be an active member of the ward and get to know other members. I enjoy hometeaching, which is visiting assigned members to share a gospel message and pray together, and I also do genealogical research and am assigned to help others in the ward learn how to do genealogical research. Another privilege is visiting my grandma, who lives in an assisted-living facility and has lost her short-term memory.