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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a college student, a musician, and an aspiring educator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas, Virginia, and Montana, and I recently graduated from college in Virginia with a degree in Music and Liberal Arts, and am now in California pursuing a graduate degree in musicology (music history). I love music and play the piano, French horn, and bass. I love to learn and study to find out how things work and then share my knowledge with others. I hope one day to teach music at a college and help others to appreciate music of all kinds. Currently, in addition to my studies, I also teach piano lessons and tutor a variety of subjects on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I continue to live that faith because of all the good it has brought me. It is hard to list specifics, but I know that my faith has helped me in countless ways. I always have people to turn to wherever I live that can support me and help me in any way. In addition, the knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven who I can turn to at any time for any need has also helped me in many situations. I have a knowledge of my purpose and a direction for my life. I understand the nature of truth and what is true. Without the gospel in my life, I don't think I would have this knowledge or understanding of life.

How I live my faith

I try to participate in the Church in whatever way possible. I know that I become a better person though my service, and I hope that I can help others become better thought my service, as well. As a missionary in Russia for two years, I introduced people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helped them find hope in difficult life situations. I also had opportunities to lead English conversation groups with people that were trying to improve their English. Since then, I have attended church units with primarily young, single adult members, and I have had many opportunities to serve in various ways. I managed the financial and membership records for our unit and helped the Bishop with organizational responsibilities so he could focus more on the spiritual wellbeing of the members. This summer, I worked as a counselor at a church camp and was privileged to be with teenagers as they grew in faith and spirituality. I probably learned more from them than they did from me, but it was a good experience all-around. Currently, I oversee the classes and teachers for Sunday School to make sure all the class members learn and grow and the teachers have all the necessary supplies and resources to teach the best they can. Although most of what I do is not seen by most of the people, I know it is important to help things run smoothly and so people can have the best possible experience in Sunday School and come away uplifted. Through my service of all sorts in the church, I live my faith in word and in action, and my faith grows and develops because of it. Additionally, the service I render at church helps me become a better person the rest of the week. At school, I try to have a positive attitude and be a positive example to my peers at all times. I help others whenever possible and try to find opportunities to serve in any way. In short, I strive to live and develop my faith "at all times, and in all things, and in all places."

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon, just like the Bible, was written by several prophets. These prophets lived in another part of the world than those who wrote the Bible, but they wrote about many of the same things: God's plan for his children, Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Faith, Hope, Charity, etc. After almost 1000 years, a prophet named Mormon compiled and abridged the writings of all the prophets and included their history, teachings, and prophecies in his record. He purposely included the writings that he thought would be useful for us in our time. His son, Moroni, then completed the record and added a promise that all who read the book and sincerely pray about it can know, though prayer, if the book is true. Over 1000 years later, the same Moroni appeared (as an angel) to the prophet Joseph Smith and directed him to the record so he could translate it and publish it for our use and benefit. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Members of the church have opportunities to serve in various positions. They are called to these positions by leaders who seek divine guidance in making assignments. These assignments are rotated throughout the congregation, so each member will have various opportunities to fulfill various assignments throughout his or her life. To some, this unpaid ministry may seem to go against what I, as a musician, would want. Many of my friends and colleagues are employed by churches as organists and choir directors. But for me, religion is something more important than an income. I serve in whatever position I am needed, and I don't get paid for it. I'm okay with that because I know I am blessed for my service, and so are those around me. Although I may cringe occasionally when the chorister is using the wrong beat pattern for a hymn, I know that he or she is learning and growing from the experience and, with a little more practice, can master the skill of conducting hymns and use that skill to serve in other areas of life. An unpaid ministry does not put some people above others, but reminds us all that we are imperfect and in need of improvement. With the friendships and bonds we form through mutual service, we help each other progress as we seek to bless others and receive blessings in return. Show more Show less