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Hi I'm Peter

I sometimes go by Pedro. I give lots of high-fives. I study art and architecture. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Peter, and I thoroughly enjoy being a Latter-day Saint. I come from a large family, and love my family because even though we are all very different, the Gospel of Christ seems to bring us all together. I'm a college student and I enjoy art, architecture, swimming, cooking, going to the beach, and reading. Any chance I can get, I go travel to see the world and all the great things God has given us. I find enjoyment in seeing people change, myself and others, for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

I had to figure it out for myself. I grew up with my family as members of the Church, but then realized through trying to live it and asking God if it's true, the answer came that, well, IT'S TRUE! And it makes me ridiculously happy.

How I live my faith

I love to teach people about the Gospel of Christ. The Atonement of Jesus Christ, His suffering and death for us, make it possible to overcome our imperfections. I loved being a missionary for the Church in Los Angeles, California. My favorite way to try to follow Jesus Christ is simple and unexpected acts of kindness, like helping someone carry groceries, or holding the door open, or just a smile to let them know I care. A little act of kindness can go a long way. We never know when our actions may be how the Lord answers someone else's prayer. We all should be ready to be an instrument in His hands.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Peter
We all are imperfect, and we need the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is only through His grace that we are ever going to be "enough". However, a lot of people misinterpret this because they think our obedience to God's commandments is what qualifies us to return to His presence. Obeying His commandments would never be enoughbecause we are not perfect. As we show our faith in Christ by living the way He wants us to live, we then are being the best we can be, and the process of becoming more like Christ happens. Jesus' love and mercy make up for where we fall short. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Peter
 Can the ice cream man pull you over and give you a ticket? No, because he has no authority to do so. When we look at the world of religion, we see that there are so many different ideas, and even within the Christian world, there are so many disagreements on doctrine. Someone once said to me, "But we all believe in Jesus, right? So why do we have to be different?" I responded, "Yes, we all believe in Jesus, but there are other doctrines relating to that belief in Jesus as our Savior that are different. And nobody seems to want to change theirs." Baptism is one of those things. As Christ told Peter, His Apostle, that the authority would be given in order to perform ordinances, why should it be any different today? There is order to God's ways. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Peter
Maybe the better question is why wouldn't we! The Bible is a compilation of the writings of ancient prophets, and since we believe that the Lord calls prophets to teach His truth, if it comes from a true prophet of God, then we ought to read it. Basically, thank you William Tyndale. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Peter
It's simply because they don't know better. Sure, there is a "Mormon culture", which is misunderstood by people who have never experienced it, but every belief has that. I'd challenge you to actually GO and see what the Church is like for yourself, and then you don't have to worry about what other people call it. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Peter
My eyeballs. For reals, have you ever stood really close to a mirror, and then closed your eyes, then opened them real quickly? That kind of design doesn't just "happen". Try looking at the world with an attitude of, "maybe there IS a God who made all this", and try to see the purpose in everything. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Peter
It makes people happy! That's why I served as a missionary. I wanted people to have the opportunity to learn about something they really know little about, which will completely change their life, for the better. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Peter
Awesome, actually. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings so much understanding to life. For me, it changes how I look at other people, not as just other humans, but as children of God. He loves them just like He loves me. With that kind of attitude, it's amazing the stuff you can be patient with in life. Also, having an understanding of how my family can be together forever is probably THE best part, and it all centers on Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Peter
The great part of missionaries volunteering to serve is that they are really just normal people, with life experiences and flaws. I know that when I was a full-time missionary, I wanted to know how I could help answer major life questions people had. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will often resolve or give much needed clarity to various issues. Be ready for a few questions, because they want to get to know you and where you are coming from. Also, feel free to ask them questions, too. If you've got a question, ask. Keep in mind that because missionaries are normal people, too, they might not be the most eloquent in speaking. But, the Lord will give you understanding through the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) to help you understand what they are sharing. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Peter
First of all, we need to have a strong moral conviction of the purpose behind our sexuality. When we come to understand and love the divine purpose of human sexuality, the idea of pornography becomes less enticing. All pornography is, really, is a substitute for something real and truly fulfilling. Nothing can compare to the love a husband and wife can have. Anything that detracts from that love, respect, and trust, is only causing harm. Second, educating our families about the reality of pornography and sexuality is key. If children have a firm understanding of the purpose of their sexuality and are warned of things to avoid, like pornography, they will be prepared to strongly respond to the choice. Helping our families build convictions about how to live by righteous principles is where to start. Putting these two together, we need to know what may come our way, and also have the understanding of its purpose to distract us from true happiness. This does not necessarily mean we will be successful in keeping pornography, or other inappropriate things, from our lives completely. As we grow stronger in our faith, we can better combat pornography. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Peter
There is certainly a distinct stereotypical "Mormon Culture". Parts are great, and others not so much. In terms of how we dress for church, we should wear our best. For women, that would be a nice, modest dress or skirt and shirt, wearing nice shoes. For men, a suit is common, with a white shirt and tie, or dress pants and a shirt and tie. Children usually follow the same guidelines. If you don't have something to fit right along with this, don't worry! The important part is to look at it as giving our best to the Lord. If your best is shorts and a T-shirt, come as you are and enjoy the meeting. Often people wonder about the holidays we celebrate, and you will find that we celebrate pretty much the other holidays that other Christian faiths celebrate, like Christmas and Easter. These two focus on Christ. Other local and national holidays are celebrated, too. Obviously, this varies by location. Some other typical "Mormon Culture" customs are collecting a supply of food and goods for emergencies, referred to as "food storage". You should, too! It's an easy thing to get started with, just stock up on items that will not perish quickly. Think about circumstances, like having no electricity or no water. Will you be able to prepare these things? Just being prepared for life's unknowns is a blessing. Show more Show less