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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I spent a good portion of my life growing up in Germany as an army brat-- the son of an American dad and a German mom-- I decided to pursue French when I got older. Now I teach French language, literature, and culture to college students. I love my job, I love my students, and I love the French literature and culture that I get to teach. I am married to my college sweetheart, the proud father of two boys and two girls, and the loyal companion of our trusty Viszla mix, Calypso.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me faith in God. I have had spiritual experiences since I was a child that have taught me that God is real and that he hears my prayers. These experiences have strengthened the faith taught me by my parents. In times of difficulty or trouble, I have felt God's boundless love for me. I have felt his peace and his compassion towards me. Knowing that God loves me and that he hears my prayers, I have often sought answers to life's questions through prayer. It was always important to me to know for myself whether what my parents and church leaders were teaching me was true. I have come to know intimately and for myself that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I don't have any doubts about that. I have come to learn for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, just as the Holy Bible is. By reading the words of God's prophets, I have come to know my Savior better and to feel of his love.

How I live my faith

For starters, I don't smoke and I don't drink. I don't swear. We pray as a family in the morning before the kids go to school (this can be hectic, but we're always glad when we do it) and in the evening before bed. Monday night is our family night, an opportunity to teach our children about Jesus Christ and his Gospel and to spend time together and have fun. Through church, I serve in an organization that arranges regular visits for a number of families in our area. Some of these families have immediate temporal needs (health needs, roof work needs, wood chopping needs, sometimes basic food needs, etc.) and our visits almost always have a spiritual component as well. Through church, I come into contact with a lot of people I otherwise would miss out on getting to meet, and my life and friendships are the richer for the widened circle of contact.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

All of us sin and are thus unclean before God, who is perfect and spotless. Those who wish to live with him after this life must be clean and spotless also. God has provided a Savior to take upon himself our sins, to pay the price for our foibles and shortcomings. When we repent of our sins, it is through Jesus Christ's perfect atonement for our sins that we are washed clean, worthy to enter God's presence. Show more Show less