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Hi I'm Pete

I'm a Cleveland fanatic, a former radio disc jockey, a father of five, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in western Massachusetts as the ninth of ten children - nine boys and a girl! My father was a blueberry and apple farmer. He ran a fruit store across the border in Connecticut. A few years after my second oldest brother was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy my parents sold the farm and moved our family to Utah where my father started up an equipment, tool, and moving rental business. Ever since my youth I had several passions - music, sports, and Cleveland, Ohio. I achieved my childhood goal of becoming a radio disc jockey and enjoyed doing it for many years before switching to a career in information technology. Although I changed careers I still follow music and radio. Also I have recently become a ham radio operator and emergency medical responder (EMR). Despite not knowing anyone from Cleveland, Ohio or having ever been there I was drawn to it at a very young age, which puzzled my family and others over the years. I am also a big fan of Cleveland's sports teams - the Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers. I am also a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes even though I attended BYU. I now live in the Pacific Northwest and love it! I am happily married and the father of five wonderful children - three boys and two girls! My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family. I enjoy taking each of my kids out on a one-on-one each month. I also love to go on family road trips, especially to the Oregon coast, Columbia River Gorge, Puget Sound, and British Columbia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my conversion to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ when I was 19 years old. Before my conversion I held on to a lot of negative feelings from past experiences and withdrew from most people, including family. I was unhappy most of the time and suffered from low self-esteem. I gradually put on weight until I was 100 pounds overweight because I simply did not care about my health or life. When I came to know and feel of the Savior's unconditional love for me and understand His atonement and Gospel plan, my life changed completely. I let go of the hurt from the past and forgave. God helped me understand that He is the greatest of all and loves me unconditionally, so it didn't matter what others thought, which increased my self-esteem. I became more positive and outgoing and was filled with joy. I started to care about life, took better care of my health, and lost 100 lbs. over 18 months. Family and friends were amazed at the change in my life. I understood what it meant to be born again. Not everyone's conversion is the same though. Some are more subtle yet just as powerful. A couple I met many years ago told me that they joined the church not knowing whether it was true but decided to test it out - take it on a test drive, if you will. They said that they gained their testimonies as they attended church, learned the principles of the restored Gospel, and applied them in their lives. The Savior himself testified, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God..." (John 7:17) So one can gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon by studying it, of the law of tithing by paying it, and of the Word of Wisdom - the Lord's law of heath - by living it. The same applies to all gospel principles. If you have a sincere desire to know the truth and will exercise faith in Jesus Christ by prayerfully applying gospel principles, He will manifest the truth of them unto you.

How I live my faith

My faith motivates me to rely on the grace of Jesus Christ and follow His example to become more like Him. It teaches me how to be a better husband, father, son, brother, neighbor, and employee through applying the Savior's teachings. My faith teaches and leads me to follow the admonition of the Savior by serving and lifting others for he taught, "...inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) Whether it be through assisting someone in need, visiting the elderly or lonely, participating in a service project, helping someone move, or coaching a t-ball or baseball team, service brings me joy and helps me feel closer to God as I serve His children. You know how when you find something that has brought you a lot of enjoyment or satisfaction, like watching a really good movie or discovering an excellent restaurant, that you naturally want to tell others about it. It is the same for me with sharing the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has brought more joy and meaning to my life than anything else, so I love to share it with others so they can also experience that joy. I dedicated two years of my life to serve a full-time mission to share the message of the restored Gospel with people in New England. I also have shared that message with others since my mission and currently work with full-time missionaries who live near me to share the good news with those in my community, and I love doing it! Whenever I share the Gospel it reminds me of my own conversion, the grace the Lord has extended to me, and fills me with joy and gratitude. My faith teaches that there is no greater work than what is done within the walls of your own home. The Lord has blessed and entrusted me with five of his children. My faith leads me to prioritize my time to pray with them and teach them from the scriptures each day so they understand the Gospel and to look to Jesus Christ as the source of their strength and salvation.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Pete
No, members are not required to serve a full-time mission. Latter-day prophets have taught that the Lord expects young men in the Church to hold and honor the Priesthood and to serve a full-time mission if they are physically and emotionally able to do so. Even though the young men are expected to serve if they are worthy and able, they are not required to. They can still be a member of the Church in good standing even if they choose not to serve a full-time mission. But young men are strongly encouraged to serve a full-time mission to fulfill the Priesthood duty to "teach all nations" the Gospel (Matt. 28:19). In addition, serving a full-time mission provides valuable life experiences that prepares them to be better husbands, fathers, providers, and leaders in the Church and in their communities. Young women are not expected to serve a full-time mission since they do not hold the Priesthood, but their service is welcome if they choose to serve. Retired couples are encouraged to serve a mission, and many choose to serve multiple missions! I can testify to the blessings that come from serving a full-time mission. It changed the course of my life and through it I developed cherished relationships with the Lord and those who I was privileged to serve. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat and plan to serve a full-time mission with my wife after I retire! Missionary service brings great joy and is truly a labor of love! :-) Show more Show less