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Hi I'm Peter

I'm married and have 2 children. I'm the 3rd of 13 children. I have a JD/MBA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 13 children. I am a husband and father. I have a beautiful wife, a daughter and a son. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, and my parents, brothers, and sisters. I also enjoy music, the outdoors, travelling, watching or playing football, competing in triathlons, biking, popular science, history, politics, international relations, movies, and reading. In high school, I was a running back on the football team. I ran the 100 meters in track and field. I also played the trumpet in the band and orchestra. After high school, I served as a missionary in Russia, and have been able to use my Russian in four different jobs in international trade. I also taught Russian at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. I played the trumpet for years, and was a music major my first year of college, where I played in the jazz band, marching band, concert band, and pep bands. I also taught myself to play the guitar. I majored in Political Science with minors in both Business and Russian. I later completed a JD/MBA. My wife is a dancer, so we taught ballroom dance classes and competed in competitions while I was in graduate school.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. But, that is not why I am a Mormon today. I am a Mormon because I found out for myself that it is true. I had to know it was true in my mind and in my heart. I had to feel that it was right and I had to study it in depth and know it is correct in my mind. It had to make sense to me, be logical, and answer all of my questions about life. Since I was a kid, I felt like God could hear and answer prayers. When I was about 6 years old, I was lost in the mountains in Utah after I had wandered away from my family and the path we had followed. My family and people in the community were out looking for me. I was gone for several hours and thought I might never find my way home and see my family again. It was traumatizing for a 6 year old. I traced my way back to where I had started, but nobody was there anymore. I sat down on a log in tears and prayed, asking Heavenly Father to help me find my way home. When I looked up I saw a house on a hill out in the distance. I remembered my mother telling me that morning that if we got lost we needed to head toward that house on the hill. I ran right across a river and climbed through some trees and other obstacles heading directly to the house until I ran into my mom. I have always felt that God answered that prayer and helped me find the way home. I had grown up reading the scriptures with my family, but when I was a teenager I decided I needed to know for myself if it was correct. I began reading the New Testament and the Book of Mormon on my own each day. I even took my scriptures to football camp with me. I knew that I would not know for sure that it was true until after I had tried it. I have since had many experiences that have increased my faith. I understand the gospel better, and have had many prayers answered. As I have turned to Christ, I have had a change of heart. The Change of Heart is a desire to do good continually and to love an serve everyone.

How I live my faith

I read my scriptures and pray daily. I attend church each Sunday, where I take the sacrament, study the gospel, and associate with other members of the church. I attend the temple regularly where sacred covenants are made to live righteously. I try to live by those covenants each day, not just on Sundays or when I am participating in Church activities or functions. I have held many positions in the church. As a home teacher, I am assigned members of the church to visit regularly and help them with whatever they needed. As an activities chairman, I planned parties, celebrations, and other activities for our congregation. As a Sunday School president I organized the teachers and lessons for our congregation's gospel study. As a ward missionary, I would visit members of the church who were less active and go out with the full time missionaries to teach people in the local community who were not members. I also coordinated the missionaries' efforts with the local members of the church. As a Ward Clerk, I manage the finances and membership records for the ward, as well as oversee the statistics and record keeping. I served as a missionary for the church in Russia. I saved up several thousand dollars to pay for my own mission. As a missionary I taught many people in Russia about the LDS church. While I was in graduate school in the South, I taught a Gospel Principles class. Gospel Principles was a class that discussed the basic principles of our faith to visitors who were not of our faith. Each week we had visitors come, including baptists, catholics, and members of many other churches. We were always happy to have them in our class.