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Hi I'm Hans

I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a mission for my church after graduating from high school. I enjoyed serving people in a foreign country and learning their culture and language. Afterward, I went to work full-time and eventually earned a graduate degree attending school in the evenings. I married my amazing wife in our favorite temple. We enjoy being parents, where the ups far exceed the downs.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young my parents gave me a Book of Mormon. I spent a few minutes reading verses and chapters every night and it quickly became a habit. When I finished I asked my Heavenly Father in prayer to know if the book was true. I was disappointed because I didn’t receive an answer. Still, I kept reading and I kept praying. I remember feeling good inside when I heard or read truths, or when I prayed or pondered on a virtuous thought. It wasn't until I put in the time and the sincerity that I began to recognize the language of the Holy Ghost. Soon I began to realize I was nourishing a good seed. Six years later I read the words of Joseph Smith describe the answer to his own prayer to know which church to join - which church was correct. I clearly recognized the voice of the Spirit this time. It was distinct, powerful, and clear. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me that Joseph Smith’s account was true. This confirmation came as a language perceived by my spirit. This was a familiar feeling, voice, and language. I've since received countless feelings of testimony from the Spirit confirming the truthfulness of this restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I’ve reflected, I'm grateful to know my testimony had been growing all along.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith with varying degrees of success every day. I find that I am better able to resist temptation and experience a much more smooth and successful day when I try to spent at least a few minutes with scriptures in the morning. I also think it is important to regularly pray - individually, as a family, and as a couple. These two practices give me spiritual strength and renew my dedication and strength each day to understand and then live my faith.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Hans
People are searching for more answers than the world can provide. They're searching for answers to questions about where we came from, why we are here, where we are going after death. These are answerable with truths restored and clarified in this true and living church. The Holy Ghost confirms that these answers are 100 percent true and it inspires people and make any changes necessary to adopt and embrace this added light and happiness. The standards are high in the true church of our Lord. But it is His way. And because of this, it make members happy to have found something so priceless. Naturally members want to share what they've learned with their friends - and the cycle continues. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Hans
One of Joseph Smith's quotes was something to the effect that "we teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves". To me, that is the most simple explanation of a lot of things including why the church does not endorse political parties. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Hans
Absolutely. And it makes sense that God would want to continue to speak to His children. Some people in other religions have been taught God has spoken and there is no further need. We believe in a living God, one that continues to love His children today like he did in ancient times, and one who desires to provide us encouragement and guidance for our unique trials and challenges. Some may confuse this continuity of communication to indicate God is changing, but that is not true. The universal principles that govern all existence do not change, the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are stable. I like to think of it like a righteous loving father willing to teach his child as the child learns and goes through life. More specifically, we believe God speaks to us in two ways: 1) through our general and local priesthood leaders which begins with our living Prophet President Thomas S. Monson, God's specially chosen mouthpiece (see Amos 3:7); and 2) to each of us individually through personal revelation through the power of the Holy Ghost. This all works is harmony. For example, through this power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truthfulness of all things, including whether our Prophet is truly God's mouthpiece. Show more Show less