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Hi I'm Peter

Born in Canada. Husband, father, friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband and father. I love being with our children. I like running, photography, art, all kinds of music, and reading (biographies, fantasies, true stories) I love skating on the world's longest skating rink I love technology and new inventions. I enjoy listening to the radio while tinkering and doing chores around the house. I love my job, the people I meet everyday and giving the best service I can. I enjoy a good discussion about politics, current affairs, and religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was nurtured in a good Catholic family by loving and caring parents. I began searching for God when I was 11 years old. I looked into several religions and ways of life. Some I participated in for several years but never felt really connected to God. Most did not practice what they preached. A life-long friend who had recently converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced me to the Mormons. I did not trust organized religion and went on my way. A few years later I met the love of my life. She was energetic, independent, educated, and gorgeous. She walked the talk. Soon after I began attending Sunday service with her. I was pleasantly surprised that they have no paid clergy. No collection plates, no donation boxes, no body ever asked the congregation for money. Every event I attended did not cost me any money. Everyone is involved. I was impressed with the topics and the quality of the sermons. Every week there were different speakers. They were members of the congregation, women and men, young and old. Most were nervous but spoke with conviction and confidence, with a gentle voice. There was never criticism of other faiths, pounding the pulpit, or guilt trips. A few months later I proposed to marry this Mormon woman and she accepted, I told her that I did not want to convert to her religion and not to expect me too. I was still mistrusting of organized religion. The more I read the Book of Mormon and attended their meeting and observed the people I saw seven day a week Christians. They lived their religion. They are honest, loving, family oriented and hard working people. I think one of the most amazing things I heard from the president of the Church was not to take what they say at face value. You must ponder and pray to God to confirm that what they teach is true. I make this a regular practice when making all my major decisions.

How I live my faith

As a bus driver I meet a lot of nice people. Ottawa is a very multi-cultural city so I meet people from all walks of life. While driving, I hum and whistle to myself, mostly hymns and children’s songs. When I’m not working I like to be with my family. Our children are grownup. Three are married and one is serving a full-time mission for the Church. Elder Alexandre Richer-Brulé is serving in Paris France. The highlight of the week is getting email from him describing the great people they are teaching, the service they are doing in their area and spiritual experiences they have had. Our married children have great spouses. We are now grandparents. Our first grandson was born in December 2013. My wife Geneviève is an amazing person. She is a public health nurse. I love being with her. She is always looking for ways to help others. I serve as a leader in a small branch of the Church in Val d’Or Québec, 5 and half hours north of our home. Because of the distance we can only visit there a few weekends a month. I try to be the best person I can be, every day.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Peter
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