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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a retired army officer, active in grassroots politics and a grandfather to 33 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After only 27 years of marriage, my wife passed away at the young age of 46. God blessed me to marry again. I love my wife and our blended family of 9 children and 33 grandchildren. Now I focus my free time on strengthening my family and improving government at the local, state and national level. You could often find me playing racquetball early in the morning if I'm not fishing with my grandchildren or attending an early government meeting. I retired as a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel after 21 years of service with assignments in California, Washington, Germany, Italy and Virginia. Knowing that freedom is not free, I served on a city council, on a county school board and on the state central committee of my political party. I have taught a college class about the history of education. I have also taught classes on how to be an effective volunteer unpaid citizen lobbyist. After retirement I worked as a national instructor for a software company then later managed seven buildings and a fleet of 26 school buses for a non-profit education company. I consider myself somewhat of a linguist. I studied Latin in high school. I speak German having lived a total of ten years in Germany. I once learned and spoke Italian for my job at the U.S. embassy in Rome, Italy. Then I learned Spanish for a missionary assignment in Argentina.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a direct line descendent of early prominent Mormon leaders Brigham Young, George Q. Cannon and others. My mother was the daughter of a first generation Swedish immigrant and convert to the Church. Therefore I was blessed to learn the fulness of the Gospel in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from my childhood. But learning about the Gospel and the Church are different from receiving a spiritual witness of their truthfulness through the Holy Ghost. As an eighteen-year old college freshman away from home for the first time, I yearned to know for myself whether God lived and whether Jesus Christ were His son. I put the promises of prophets and apostles to the test by studying the scriptures, praying and fasting many times over a period of months. By several powerful spiritual experiences, God revealed his existence and the reality of the mission of Jesus Christ to me. As I exercised my faith to follow His word, He gave me more and more spiritual confirmation of the truth of the Book of Mormon and His Church. Today I look back on a life filled with personal divine guidance as I have served him in many varied callings. In every case I embarked on assignments recognizing I lacked some skills and abilities to serve adequately. I then prayed for His help to be made equal to the task and proceeded in faith to do my best. He has always responded by generously granting me the gifts of the spirit I needed. I have been a first-hand witness of God’s intervention in my life. In addition to thousands of spiritual witnesses from the Holy Spirit to my heart, I have also seen many intellectual evidences that persuade me the Church is the work of God. I just look at the growth of the church, the dedication of its missionaries, its welfare program, its lay ministry, its financial stability, the Tabernacle Choir, the goodness of church members, the witnesses and evidence of the Book of Mormon, the Christ-like approach of its leaders and many, many others.

How I live my faith

Although I am imperfect, I try to pray and study scriptures daily to draw closer to God and to qualify for the influence of the Holy Ghost. I avoid environments where I am likely to be tempted such as bars, late nights, R rated movies, pornography and night clubs. Instead, I attend church worship services every Sunday and seek opportunities to uplift others through volunteer service. I have had the privilege of serving in many lay positions in the local congregations where I have lived. I've been a member of the choir, the young mens leader and teacher, cub scout cubmaster, boy scout scoutmaster, mens leader and instructor, Sunday school teacher, and three-time leader of my congregation. I have also served several times outside my local congregation as an unpaid missionary. As a young man I served two years in northern Germany. We taught our sons to also dedicate two years of their lives to missionary service. They preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Bogota, Colombia; and Pittsburgh, PA. While we were still employed full-time, my wife and I served several years as part-time service missionaries at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and in the inner city mission in Ogden, Utah. As soon as I could retire, my wife and I served a two-year mission in southern Argentina. Just recently we completed a year of service in the sacred work of the temple of the Lord in Bountiful, Utah. We are now serving another full-time two-year mission in the church offices in Salt Lake City. The emptiest times of my life have been the relatively short times when I was not able to serve in the Lord's kingdom.