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Hi I'm Gerrit

I grew up in Germany. I love physics and D&D. I am a light technician. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just about done with school and just about ready to leave on my mission. I love to play a pen and paper game called "Dungeons & Dragons". Also I love to ballroom dance. Both are wonderful opportunities to be creative and have fun with friends. I have a job as a light technician. But my tasks normally go beyond the average job description. I have had the opportunity to participate in some concerts and plays around my hometown which always turned out to be lots of hard work and a blast at the same time. Aside of this, I have a deep interest and fascination with physics. Science and religion must not be seen as contraries - I feel like they do quite a good job in completing one another. Even Einstein said: "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

Why I am a Mormon

In 2012 I decided to go on a school exchange to the United States of America. I always wanted to know what the life of an American teenager was like. After months of waiting for an answer my exchange organisation told me that they'd found a family for me - in Utah. Until then I did not even have an idea of what or where that state was. Yet I was very excited to get there. My host family was (and still is) a family of members of the Church of Jesus Christ. On Sundays, I would always go to church with them. I never had much to do with religion in my life, but surprisingly I had a lot of fun there! My interest in the church grew very quickly and through my friends, that I found in my ward very soon, and my host family I was able to learn everything I wanted to know about the gospel. Exchange policy did not allow me to get baptized while I was on the exchange. To say the truth, my parents weren't comfortable with me joining the church either. The end of my exchange came and I had to leave for home. I was able to find the ward in my hometown - which was fortunately a lot bigger than what I had expected. Soon after my return to Germany my parents decided to take a look at the church I would go to every Sunday. At that time there were four missionaries in my hometown and my parents and I invited them to teach us the lessons. I was finally able to get baptized about two months after my return to Germany. My dad followed my decision and got baptized roughly two months after me. My mother wasn't yet sure if she wanted to make that commitment. She decided to get baptized in December of 2014. I was honored with the chance to baptize her. Since then both my parents and I are members of the church and it has improved our lives tremendously. I know that this is a gospel that God gave to us so that we could be happy! My own family stands as a witness of that.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is that I'm a Sunday School teacher. Which means that I teach the 12 and 13 year olds of my ward for about 45 minutes every Sunday. I absolutely love my calling! I believe, that most of the time it benefits me far more than those that I teach. A friend of mine once said: "Every teacher is called to learn a lot." I feel like it's very true and that through teaching those young members of my ward I learn just as much as them - if not more. Further, I go home teaching with another brother from my ward. We are assigned four families that we try to visit about once a month. Usually, we prepare a spiritual thought that we leave the family. It's been a really good experience for me. I was able to build a deep friendship with my teaching companion and even with families that I only know because I was able to go and visit them.