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Hi I'm Petey

I read. I sing. I dance. I'm kind of a nerd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn and to teach. I love knowing how things work and then using that information to inform my decisions. I'm a graduate student of computer science and hope to teach it at a university someday. My love for teaching and learning is why I loved being a summer camp counselor. I loved it so much that I took the job for the third summer this year, even though I could have earned more writing computer software. Being around those amazing teenagers makes me excited for the day that I'll have children of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always the "good kid," but I didn't want to be for much of my life. I felt forced into doing what I was taught to be right. I was frequently angry, despite my obedience. I usually felt victimized by someone. My outlook on the world was very bleak. During those teenage years, I started attending seminary, which is an additional class that high school students can take about the scriptures. I studied every day for a few minutes as part of the class. As I learned, I decided to start living my religion for a different reason: I decided to try it out for myself to see if it was all that my family and friends told me that it was. Rather than seeking to fulfill minimal requirements of obedience, I started to just do what I had been taught was right. I remember an afternoon during my sophomore year of high school. As I sat on a little hill by the bus stop after school, I realized that I was happy. I wasn't angry at the people around me anymore. I enjoyed life for itself. It was the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ: He was giving me the result of my experiment by showing me that doing what is right will make me happy. The clouds in my world view broke up, revealing the sunshine that had been waiting all along.

How I live my faith

I believe that I'm supposed to become perfect, like God is. I'm hardly perfect now, but I can't get there without improving. I try to learn continually and to apply what I learn to my actions, so that I improve daily. As I improve, I'm happier and my capacity to help others expands. I try to do little things for other people. When an older woman seems unsteady on her feet, I'll give her my arm and walk with her, trying to learn from her life experiences as I do so. I try to learn about the people around me, starting with their names. I smile as much as I can. I've found that it's easy to serve people when I care about them first.

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity governs physical intimacy in relationships: sexual relations are to exist only between a husband and a wife, legally wedded. The purpose of the Law of Chastity isn't to curtail pleasure or to worsen lives; on the contrary, its purpose is to protect people and to allow them to experience some of this life's greatest pleasures. The people protected include (most notably) those who obey this law and their children. They are protected from the pain of unstable families and from guilt, among many other things. The pleasures that this law allows and encourages include appropriate intimacy itself and the joys of raising children. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

As I learn more about the world around me, I'm empowered to improve my life. What I learned in chemistry class helps me to cook better. My understanding of physical principles helps me to move heavy furniture, even though I'm short and not terribly strong. And my understanding of eternal principles helps me to have a happy, fulfilling life. The Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures teach me those eternal principles. I learned to be kind to other people from the scriptures and have been rewarded with significant and lasting friendships as a result. I learned to take personal responsibility for my actions from the scriptures and I've become more successful in every aspect of my life as a result. The more I learn, the more improved my life becomes. Really, when I learn from the scriptures, I'm learning what Jesus did and what He would have me do. He's glorified and is perfectly happy, so the closer my actions become to His, the closer I get to perfect happiness. His example and His laws are like the physical laws I described earlier: knowing them informs my choices and helps me to be happy and successful. Show more Show less