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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a computer geek. I'm a pretty bad golfer. I'm a father of five, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a long line of ancestors who first learned about the Gospel in the days of Joseph Smith. I grew up in the Church and come from a family with strong christian values. These values have helped me become the person I am today. I developed a love for reading early in life, with science fiction stories being among my favorite. I love to play golf, though I don't get to play as much as I would like. I keep busy with my work as a project manager and with my family. I am married and we have five children.

Why I am a Mormon

Although i was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there came a time in my life when I really had to find out for myself if it was true. I was twenty years old, and had moved out on my own. I found that I had slowly drifted away from full activity in the Church, had stopped attending Sunday meetings, and my personal prayers and scripture study were practically non-existent. I realized that I was just drifting through life without any real goals or direction. I also had friends of other faiths who wanted me to attend church with them. The further I strayed from the teachings of the Church the more I realized how unhappy I was. I decided to really study and pray and ask God if the Church I was raised in was His Church. I received the answer I was looking for as I changed my habits and aligned my life with the standards of the Gospel. Christ said "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether if be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:16-17). As I put my faith in to practice and lived the Gospel, I received the answers I was looking for. Christ also said that the way to tell a true prophet from a false one is by his fruits, or the things he does and teaches (see Matthew 7:15-16). This is another way I have come to know that the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true.

How I live my faith

My religion is a part of my 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I love the fact that the Church is such an intregal part of my life. I served as bishop (pastor) of our congregation of 500+ members from 2006-2011, and I received no formal training nor went to no religious schooling for such a position. One day I was told that the call had come from the Lord and I was asked if I would accept the call. What an experience it was! Some days were very challenging, but many other days were so rewarding as to make up the difference. I was able to counsel people through their problems and challenges and help them to rely upon the Lord. I may not have always had the answer for them, but for those times I didn't, I was able to help them find their own. Often, I would be prompted by the Holy Spirit to share stories from the scriptures or experiences from my own life, which would be just what the person was seeking. I also served as a full-time missionary for our Church before my marriage. I lived for two years in South Africa, spending most of my time in and around Johannesburg. I arrived at the end of 1989, just a few months before Nelson Mandela was freed from imprisonment. I was a witness to the incredible changes in that country that abolished apartheid (their laws limiting freedoms of native Africans). I met people who I will never forget, and helped many of them come to know their Savior better than they ever had before.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Peter
Absolutely not. I have great respect for Joseph Smith because I believe he was a prophet, just like Abraham, Moses and Elijah were. He made many sacrifices to establish the Church in our day and I am grateful for the things he was willing to do to preach the Gospel. recognize him as a faithful servent of God and a wonderful man, but I worship my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less