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Hi I'm Christopher

I am a musician! I am a dreamer! I believe that everyone should sing in the shower! And I am a Mormon!!!

About Me

My name is Christopher Petersen. I was raised by wonderful parents who taught me of my Heavenly Father, and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. I was taught to appreciate things in life, and remember the Lord in the many blessings in my life. I have had a hard life in many respects, but a wonderful life. I believe I have felt happiness more deeply than most of the world...and I don't say that to boast, I believe I have been blessed. I believe that anyone can obtain that happiness, through the Lord. One of the things that has greatly affected my life, is music. I love to listen to music, I love to play music, and I love to write music! I consider myself a musician, and song-writer. I have aspirations to do it professionally. There are certain times and places in my life where I feel closest to God: when I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon, when I attend church and the temple, when I pray, and when I play and listen to good music. I feel God so powerfully around me when I write uplifting music. When I write, I'm real about the world and my life. I know they are far from perfect! I write about my emotions, my thoughts, and my inspirations. No matter the topic, God is relevant. I don't claim that God will solve every little problem in life. But I DO claim that there is no greater, nor more tender and valuable relationship than one with God the Father, and the Savior Jesus Christ. Even when things aren't perfect, they make it okay. In the end, happiness will be achieved.

Why I am a Mormon

I know within my heart and with all of my mind, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church led by Jesus Christ the Lord personally, from heaven. I believe that as in days of old, He speaks to prophets who guide and direct His people. I know He hasn't abandoned us in this world of turmoil and confusion, to fend for ourselves. I grew up being taught the gospel by my loving parents. Above all, they taught me of the redeeming power of the Savior, Jesus Christ. They taught me that only by His grace, and through repentance of sin (made possible by His sacrifice), I can return to live with my Heavenly Father. With everything they ever taught me, I find it most significant that they taught me that I can speak to God directly, through prayer, and that He can speak back through the Holy Ghost. They taught me to not simply believe all that they taught me, but to learn of its truth myself. Through the years I have studied the holy scriptures, I have prayed to God the Father, and asked Him that I may know the truth. I know He has answered me, and He has reconfirmed it several times throughout my life. "Ask, and ye shall receive..." Christ himself promises this in the Bible. Who can deny this truth? I invite anyone and everyone to find this out for themselves. Seek with real intent, and you will find.

How I live my faith

I think that living ones faith is really simply acting on their belief in Christ, and striving to obey His commandments. The Bible very plainly outlines several commandments, and things that the Lord wants us to do, such as repent and be baptized. I believe that part of having faith in Christ means following Him completely...putting our trust in Him. It is important to me to align my will with God's will, and though I know I have much to work on, my life feels much more fulfilling when I'm striving to do so. I feel happier with myself, and with my entire world when I know I'm doing the best I can to do what the Lord wants me to do. At times when I don't do so good, those are the difficult times, but I know that Christ is there to help me, especially through those times. A huge part of living my faith, was by serving a full-time mission. My unpaid full-time missionary service where I preached the gospel full-time for two years in Nebraska was a big deal for me, and it was a huge blessing in my life. It wasn't an easy decision for me, but I knew that my faith in Christ was more important than anything else, so I went to preach of Him. I know bringing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ into the lives of God's children where I served, was so important. During my service, I felt a love for people like I had never felt before. I was there to serve them as the Savior would, and to teach them what the Savior Jesus Christ did for them.. And my faith grew as theirs grew.

In whom should we have faith?

Christopher
We should have faith in our Heavenly Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ. We are children of God, and should have faith in our Father because He created us. He loves us deeply, and we should trust Him. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered for all of our pains, as well as for our sins. He truly knows us, and understands us, because He felt all we have ever felt. These are the reasons that we should have faith in them before all others. I am not saying it is wrong to trust people in our lives, but before all other beings or things, we should put our faith and trust in our Eternal, and Living God. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Christopher
 Joseph Smith was a young man with a question-- which church is true? After much study and pondering, he asked God. His story is long, and the history is very sacred. I will not type it all out, but it suffices me to say that like Moses did - see Exodus 33 verse 11 - he spoke with God. He was chosen to be a servant in the hands of the Lord, to restore the fulness of His Gospel to the earth. Joseph never denied what he had seen, and was persecuted for his claim. Ultimately he was martyred because he would not deny it.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Christopher
Yes. We only worship God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus and His atoning sacrifice is the very point of our religion. Everything else that we believe revolves around Christ, and keeping His commandments which He and Heavenly Father gave to us. Jesus taught, "If ye love me, keep my commandments"--John Chapter 14, Verse 15. Above all, mormons believe that Jesus Christ still lives today, and guides and directs His Church through a living and Modern-Day Prophet, just as in days of old. Jesus Christ is the head of our church, the very "chief-cornerstone". Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Christopher
 Temples are Houses of the Lord. In order for a person to enter the temple, they must be living worthily, and in harmony with God's commandments. It is a very sacred place. Temples serve a grand purpose in the salvation of mankind, only made possible because of our Savior Jesus Christ. Not all people that have walked this earth were able to receive--or even hear--the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are we to suppose that God would cast all of His children that never even got the chance to hear the fulness of the gospel, into hell? NO. God has promised that either in this life, or in the next, all of mankind will be given opportunites to accept the gospel, and that all who would have received the gospel in this life if they had been given the opporunity, will be heirs in the Kingdom of God. Because of this, we do work for the dead, such as baptisms, that those people may be able to receive the ordinances necessary for salvation. As well, work is done for the living. In the temple we make sacred covenants--or promises--with God, and marriages are also performed in the temple. When marriages are performed in the temple, they are eternal marriages, meaning that death will not do that couple part. They will be married forever, as husband and wife, as long as they are faithful to the covenants they have made with God.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Christopher
We do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. It is only in, and through Jesus Christ the Lord, that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Christ invites all men to come unto Him, and repent of their sins. We must come unto Him with a humble and willing heart, and be willing to give up all of our sins to Him. We must change ourselves, and strive to become more like Christ everyday. We should go about doing good as He did. Christ lived His life as an example for us. He was baptized to show us that we too need to be baptized. He administered to the sick and afflicted, showing us that we should do the same. He did many things showing us the way to live. Living a Christ-like life will bring huge blessings into our individual lives, and by so doing we will come to better know and understand our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Show more Show less

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

Christopher
There was one night that my friend and I sat out on the back deck of my old home, and we looked up at the stars. It was a beautiful night, with clear skies, and many stars shown brightly. My friend was, at the time, agnostic--meaning that he was not sure if there is a God. I do not wish to go into too much detail, because it is a very sacred experience--and since that time my friend has become a member of the church--but as we talked I felt impressed to share with him that everything testifies of a grand Creator. All things testify of Jesus Christ. We gazed at the stars, the trees, the majestic mountains, the beautiful field, and the over-all majesty of the night, composed by God. We then talked, and the Spirit of God was strong, testifying of the truthfulness of our discussion. If we pay attention, the very world around us will testify to us that there is a God, and that He lives. If you doubt, just look around. Look into a child's young, innocent eyes. If you do so with an open heart, the Spirit will testify that the child is a Child of God, whom He loves. Look into the eyes of the person you love. Just pay attention throughout the day, and if you will do so with an open heart, you can find that before you know it, you will not be able to deny the God who lives. He lives, and He loves each and every one of us. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Christopher
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is something very personal to me. It was the loving act of our Savior, who suffered in both spirit and body, for all of our sins, pains, afflictions, temptations, and sicknesses. He has felt every pain that any of us could ever know--whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Christ felt all that we have ever felt, choosing to understand our pains "according to the flesh" so that He might help each of us individually. "Now the Spirit knoweth all things nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance" -Alma The Atonement consists of His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane--where His suffering for us caused Him to bleed from every pore--His suffering and death on the cross, and His Resurrection where He overcame physical death. Through these three things, He truly did suffer for all of our sins and pains. He invites all of us to repent, so that through His Atoning Sacrifice, we can be perfected in Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Christopher
We believe The Bible to be the word of God (as is the Book of Mormon). In it are priceless records of the life of our Savior Jesus Christ, and His teachings. There is much to learn from the Bible, and reading it truly brings us closer to God. By understanding the Bible, we can also better understand the Book of Mormon--and the same is true the other way around. Both books are records that contain the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The New Testament of the Bible has much value because it bears witness that Christ NOT ONLY lived, but that He STILL DOES LIVE today as a resurrected and glorified being, who triumphed over death. He is our Savior. He lives, and watches over us with love. He is actively involved in our everyday lives. The Apostles in the New Testament spent their ministry bearing record that He still lives, and through Him we can receive a remission of our sins. The Old Testament has much value because it contains prophecies that Jesus Christ would come. Prophets foretold His coming, and ever since His coming Prophets and Apostles have foretold His second coming that will take place at some future day. We are better able to understand our Savior by reading prophecies about Him, and seeing His dealings with all of mankind. Show more Show less