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Hi I'm Peter

I come from a broken home in Brooklyn, New York. I'm now a retired Army officer living in Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father with six children and eleven grandchildren (and one due soon). After a difficult childhood, I graduated with a BS degree in Biology, followed later by an MS degree in Wildlife Science. Notwithstanding my degrees, I balanced two careers as an Army officer, both active and reserve, and a software engineer, ultimately retiring from active duty as a colonel. At retirement, we moved to Alaska for the beauty, the vast splendor of the mountains, the hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, cross country skiing, and flightseeing with my Cessna 172. An inactive SCUBA instructor, I periodically head to warmer water for some time submerged. I am active in politics, currently serving as Chairman for my party in my voting district. While play is a big part of retirement, I try to balance my time with service in the Church and time for family.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally joined the Church at age 15 out of rebellion against my circumstances and because the missionaries were like big brothers to me. Consequently, I went inactive almost immediately. I hadn't developed a testimony of the Church. It wasn't until I had finished Army basic training that I started seriously studying the doctrine of the Church. At four chapters per day, I read the Book of Mormon, the Old and New Testaments, the Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price until I had completed them all. What I found was that it all made sense. Every religious question I could pose had a satisfactory answer. Many of them were simply logical answers, but many were also spiritually satisfactory and relevant, that latter part coming from intense prayer. Having discovered that the institution I joined was the Lord's true Church, I could not, in good conscience, fail to be anything but an active member. I know that Christ lives, that the Book of Mormon is as valid a witness of Christ as is the Bible, that Joseph Smith and Thomas Monson today are the Lord's spokesmen on earth, and the priesthood that was restored in these latter days is the power and authority to act in God's name to fulfill His plan for His children.

How I live my faith

Having been a member of the Church for 48 years, I have had many different responsibilities. Early on, I worked primarily with the youth in Boy Scout activities, being a scoutmaster in three different congregations. As I became older, I was more frequently asked to work with families, both with specific families and in a more general role, supervising others who were working with individual families. We are all our "brother's keeper". Like most adult men in the Church, I'm expected to visit several assigned families each month and bring them a spiritual message. More importantly, I need to learn to love them, to understand their hopes, dreams, fears, and problems. If I can solve a problem or help that family solve a problem, I am expected to do so. If I can't, and with the family's permission, I am expected to utilize the resources of the Church and community to help solve those problems. In addition to those responsibilities, I work in one of the Church temples one evening each week. In the temples, we perform ordinances for the living and vicariously for those that have gone before us. Recently, my wife and I have been asked to work in a cannery operated by the Church where various food stuffs are canned and sold for daily consumption and emergency preparedness. - Beyond those things, I am expected to be a spiritual leader in my home, teaching my children the doctrines of the Church and their obligations as citizens. I am expected to lead the family in daily prayer and scripture study. I try each day to live as my Saviour would have me live.