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Hi I'm Petersen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 34 years old and I have 4 amazing kids, 2 boys and 2 girls and the most amazing wife that anyone could ask for. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 14 years and have been so appreciative for the gospel every day of those years The biggest change that I had to go through for my faith is that I had to learn to love basketball... my wife's father and 2 brothers lived and breathed basketball (It is a mormon thing, all you have to do is walk into any Mormon Chapel and see the quality of the backboards and you will see it too!) I went from an hockey playing goon to a basketball playing, well goon again I guess! And now I live for coaching my kids b-ball teams. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and to be their coach when they scored their first basket was and will continue to be the greatest thrill ever!!

Why I am a Mormon

I started dating my wife in grade 12 when I was going through a tough time. My Dad had left my mom, myself and 2 brothers a few years before and I had experimented with many harmful things to try to fill that sense of abandonment. My wife was one of very few members of the Mormon faith in our high school and she stuck out like a sore thumb. She never drank alcohol, never swore, and she was kind and loving. Her siblings went to our school as well and they were all very close, walking to and from school together every day they could and really sticking up for each other. She was a beacon of light in my storm filled life. She went to early morning religion classes that mormons call seminary and then would go straight to school, about an hour early, to do her homework with some friends and her sister. I rode the bus for an hour every morning to get to school and I stared waking up REALLY early so I could meet up with her and hang out. I quickly learned that her inner beauty came from having the gospel of Jesus Christ in her life, and I began to be drawn to her, and that gospel light that radiated from her. 20 years later we have 4 kids and they will grow up in a home with that same gospel light that I saw in my wife. The atonement of Christ has changed me, changed my entire countenance, and I am grateful every day for the gift that the Savior gave to me. His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross made it so that I can live with my family forever and that is the greatest gift a kid from a broken home like mine could ever wish for

How I live my faith

My family means everything to me and I live my faith by trying my best every day to be the father to them that I never had. I am trying very hard to teach them that they have a Heavenly Father that loves them and that they have Savior in Jesus Christ that paid for their sins so that we can all live together for eternity after we die. I want them to know everyday that they are the biggest priority in my life and that I cannot wait to come home from work and be with them. The joy that they bring helps me to be the best that I can be, and I can be obedient to Christ's commandments because I know I need to be the best I can be for them! I also live my faith by serving Jesus Christ and doing the work that I know he would be doing if he were here. In the Mormon Church we have the oldest Women's organization in the world and then into a men's organization that we call the Elders Quorum. For the past three years I have had the enormous privilege of leading the Elder Quorum in my ward. Through this I have seen many incredible acts of service that have been done by the guys that I lead. It is amazing to watch the busy family men in my Quorum step up and do hours of service, sacrificing their personal time to visit the sick and afflicted, the widows and widowers in our ward. They spend time helping the less fortunate and offering help and support to families, teaching the gospel and bring the spirit of God into the members of our wards homes. I know that only the Light and Spirit of God our Father can cause this level of sacrifice and devotion in such a wide array of men. As the leader of this organization I have been blessed with a love for all the men I lead, Men that I would not have had that level of investment in were it not for my calling as the Elders Quorum President. I can testify that it is only through the Spirit of God and his mercy that I have the capacity to care for the men and their families as much as I do and serving them is how I live my faith