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Hi I'm Pete

I'm a lifelong resident of Utah, a software developer, the husband of a great wife, and a father of 3. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. I have gained a love for the outdoors through childhood activities with my family, and enjoy exploring the mountains and deserts on foot and via bicycle. I've been programming computers since I was about ten years old, and work in the software industry, mainly developing web applications and maintaining servers. I'm very detail-oriented, and can spot a spelling mistake from across the room, which sometimes gets annoying. I'm married to a wonderful wife who loves singing, playing the piano, and getting outdoors with me. I'm hoping that those qualities will rub off on our three children. They certainly keep us busy enough.

Why I am a Mormon

I would suspect it's rare to grow up in Utah, have family members who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and know practically nothing about that church until adulthood, but that's the way it was for me. I was fortunate to be taken to Catholic services by my mother and grandparents when young. I attended Baptist and Catholic private schools through 9th grade, and did my share of Bible reading and scripture memorization. However, my church attendance dropped off in my teens and gospel-oriented thoughts were few and far between. It wasn't until I moved away to college that I began to be pricked with a desire to attend meetings once again. I attended Mass a few times, but began to wonder more about how everything fit together in my life. I had the opportunity to attend an LDS sacrament meeting on occasion with friends and my future wife, and she invited me to attend a "Life of Christ" class at the LDS Institute of Religion. It was considered a "safe bet" considering our differing religious backgrounds but we wanted to get started on the right track if we were planning on being married someday. I received a set of LDS scriptures to use in the class, that included a Book of Mormon. I was curious, and started to read the Book of Mormon. I had no idea what to expect, never having seen or read one before. (Yes, I really have lived in Utah my whole life.) I found it difficult to put down, and finished it in about five weeks. At that point, I had to know of its truthfulness, and followed the counsel given by the prophet Moroni at the end - I prayed and asked to know if the book was true. I got my answer, contacted the missionaries, and was baptized at age 20. I am a Mormon because I cannot deny the truthfulness of what I've read and felt. I have overcome challenges, and moved outside of my comfort zone. I have gained confidence in myself. I have gained knowledge though the study of the scriptures, and have greatly blessed.

How I live my faith

When I joined the LDS church, I was told by a family member that "they make you do more." While technically true, I've come to understand that these "callings" truly are inspired of the Lord, and my participation in the church has helped me to really break out of my shell and develop my talents. The principle of agency, being free to choose for myself, is always emphasized, and I willingly accept new assignments as they come, although I have frequently felt inadequate. Since my baptism, I have taught 8 year old children on Sundays, have assisted the bishop in scheduling meetings and interviews, and helped to manage finances. I'm currently working with the full-time missionaries, and help to coordinate their teaching opportunities in the area. I get to meet individuals or families who are learning about the church, and can relate my own experiences as they prepare for baptism. I also have the privilege of teaching Sunday School almost every week, sometimes to new members or those returning to regular church attendance. For someone who grew up petrified of public speaking, it's sure helped me to get over my reservations.