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I was born in 1938 and only really knew my father after the age of 8 when the war ended. After I completed my high school exams (Abitur) I studied English, Latin and Geography to teach at high schools in Münster, Bochum, London and Lawrence, Kansas. After 1965 I worked as a teacher, educator for English teachers, and school director until the year 2000. Since 1964 I have been happily married and have two children and six grandchildren. My areas of interest are music, dance, literature, history, religions, travel and walking.
As a student, I was bothered by the question, why there are so many Christian churches. It was clear to me that it was not possible to attain the unity of Christ through the efforts of man (ecumenism). This could only come through the restoration of the Church of Christ through God's authority. And so, in 1961, after long and prayerful consideration, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I recognized that this church taught the original teachings of Christ and had the same organization as the original church: Men and women enjoy equal status. Priesthood leaders are permitted to marry and are not paid for their ministry; they are independent. Infants are pure and innocent and do not need baptism. All men are children of God, independent of age, race, history, nation, religion, education or career. A healthy family is the central unit of a healthy society.
In the year of my baptism, 1961, in Münster, I met my current wife, Dagmar, in the neighboring ward in Osnabrück. We were united from the beginning on how our lives were to be led and we worked hard, each according to our abilities in family, career, church and community. I have served in the Church as a scout leader, teacher, preacher, educator, and ward leader (bishop) - which I still am today - , and served on the regional level as a counselor, and translator and interpreter. I do not think it is difficult to see all the people I deal with, both in private and in my work, as brothers and sisters - as children of God - and to treat them with the appropriate respect. Because the Church teaches "Love thy neighbor as thyself," I have always tried to keep my own body and spirit healthy and to develop my talents to be able to serve better in both my work and in my volunteer work. Another principle taught by the Church has motivated me, "True worship consists of service to our fellow men." Attitudes and actions in this sense, supported and demonstrated by loving Church leaders who follow Christ's example, have given me and my wife a fulfilling and happy feeling in life. Despite, and even with illness, loss and failures, we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given.