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Hi I'm Peter Thatcher

I'm a software engineer from Arizona. I love my wonderful wife and kids. I believe in Jesus Christ and live his Gospel.

About Me

I'm a software engineer. I'm a dad. As a family, we love to go hiking and camping. We also like playing board games and reading scriptures together. I also like photography, mostly for taking photos of our family adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, as I've read the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon), I've felt heavenly strength and inspiration. It has made me a better person. I seek to do everything the Lord asks us to do. He has asked us to join His church and serve Him by serving our fellow men. So, I have and I do. Going to church every Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to feel close to God and to help others as well. It's a highlight of my week. Going together as a family helps us all have more peace and love at home. I know God loves me and has purpose for my life. Being a member of His church and serving Him is one way I can return that love.

How I live my faith

I teach the young men who are 14 and 15. We focus on how the teachings of Jesus Christ can help them to live a high moral standard, strengthen their families, fulfill their purpose in life, and serve others. I serve them in Boy Scouts. This year we went on a 50-mile backpacking trip. It was a blast.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Peter Thatcher
Sometimes its easy to quickly judge people that seem weird or different without getting to know them. Since mormons sometimes believe or live things a little differently, it's easy to judge them without really knowing them. Many false rumors have circulated because of this. We should avoid believing in false rumors about any group of people, and get to know them for who they really are. Also, the Church is an organization where members love and serve one another. They do a lot of things together. Sometimes it can be easy to fall into an "us vs. them" mentality. Both members and those who are not should avoid thinking this way. We are all children of God and should love each other, no matter what groups we are a member of. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Peter Thatcher
God commanded it, just as in many Biblical times. It's easy for us to look back and judge people from long ago, but we shouldn't be so quick to judge. If people of faith are living what they believe to be right, we should have respect. Also, I know people who are descendants of men who had more than one wife (actually, if you include Abraham, many of us are). When they speak of their family history, they are thankful that their great-great-grandmother (or however far back it goes) was able to marry and have a home and children, which were very important to people back then. We should remember that these things were done for the purpose of loving and serving and caring in a time different from ours. We should respect that, even if it seems strange to us. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Peter Thatcher
If we take care of our bodies, we'll be happier and healthier. Fortunately, God (who knows more about what's good for us than we do) has told us certain specific things to avoid and others to embrace. Avoid smoking, drinking, coffee, and drugs. Eat grains, fruits, and vegetables. Only eat meat sparingly. It's pretty simple, and we call it the "Word of Wisdom". The more closely I've lived it, the healthier I have been. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Peter Thatcher
The record doesn't specifically say "North America" or exactly where the events took place, but we do know there was an ancient people here, and they did write their history (translated as the Book of Mormon), and their history says Jesus visited them and established his Gospel and church among them. They were christians and lived Christ's teachings so closely, that their whole society was transformed into one where everyone loved his brother as himself. It's wonderful to read. It gives me hope. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Peter Thatcher
My wife is one of the most smart, beautiful, kind, selfless, hard-working, serving, loving people I have ever met. She serves most by caring for and teaching our wonderful children. I help with the kids, too, but much of my time is spent earning a living so the family has the necessities of life. We work together to raising and teaching our kids the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We make decisions together and always act in unity. We certainly consider it an equal partnership. While none are as wonderful as my wife (I admit I'm biased), I've seen hundreds of Mormon women loving and serving one another and their families, and it's wonderful to see. Mormon women are great women. Meanwhile, as a Mormon man for many years, I can say that I've been taught by the Church to love and respect women and to help them in their critical role more than by any other organization. It's a frequent and important focus of what we are taught. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Peter Thatcher
God has made it clear that such choices and behavior are not acceptable to him. We can't change God's standards. We can only choose to live them or not. At certain times in history, certain of God's commandments have been unpopular. But that doesn't change the moral standard God has set. Also, families are very important to God. He wants men and women to join their lives and teach and raise children. This is God's way of blessing His children. Show more Show less