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Hi I'm Pete Sackley

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Canada and now serve in New Delhi India. I also serve in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

About Me

I have just retired and now enjoy the experiences of doing that which I have always wanted. I am a runner and have been pounding the pavement for about 25 years. I started to run in my late 20s when I realized it would be difficult to stay active while traveling for my job. As a career, I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry and enjoyed the opportunity to be constantly learning new and very interesting illnesses and medications. I have 4 children and six plus 1 on the way grandchildren. When I was in my mid twenties I developed my own little bucket list. This is well before the popular movie. My personal goal was to feel life through experiences. I didn’t want to be old and regret anything. So that is exactly what I did. My list included items such as sky diving, running a marathon, setting up my own running race, hang gliding, scuba diving and many other items of a similar nature. Overall the experience was wonderful. Probably my most favorite item was swimming with the fishes. Why another would skip that experience in life is beyond my understanding. The experience which surprised me the most was skydiving. I thought it would be a "rollercoaster rush". I found the experience similar to snow skiing on top of the mountain with the air against your face and a beautiful scenic view. Life is clearly about experiences and to me you never want to skip even the smallest moments.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Mormon family, I feel that I have made my own choices regarding life. I recall sleeping in my backyard and looking into the stars at night and dreaming of what exists beyond my view and why we exist here on this earth. I replicated this experience many times in my life. To me I can't understand how a person could thing this earth and everything associated with it, has no purpose, no one that exists beyond our view. It wouldn't make any sense to me. When I was about 10 years old, my older sister,s boyfriend was my cub scout leader. We lived near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. He wanted to go see if the spring snow had melted enough to take the cub pack on a hike the next weekend. So 3 of us jumped into the truck and headed for the base of Chief Mountain. It was clear that the snow was still too deep. We turned the truck around and headed for home. As we did this the truck became stuck in an icy rut in the road. After working at the effort for a number of hours we knew that we were not getting out. We decided to say individual prayers. Again we attempted to move the truck without success. We then said a group prayer, the leader put the truck in drive and we pulled out of the icy hole. I have known since that day that God knows me personally and will always be there to help.

How I live my faith

My wife and I decided to serve as missionaries. So we sold our home, kissed each child and grandchild and off we came to New Delhi. This is our second assignment. What a thrill it has been to work directly with my wife and my Heavenly Father every day. I have learned to love them both even more than in the past. Faith to me is connected to action. I have learned that if you move your feet in the right directly, things work out in amazing ways. We love what we do.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Pete Sackley
Since coming to Asia we have worked with our humanitarian projects. This church does amazing work for all. I am sure there are some Mormons who receive of these efforts with others but the focus is to help people, no matter what your religious status. Show more Show less