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Hi I'm Chris Peterson

I was born in Southern California and raised in Northern California...I somehow managed to stay conservative...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a California resident all my life. I have also been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. As a young boy I became quickly fascinated by history. As a young teenager and in the wake of the 2000 US presidential election, I became fascinated by politics and have become an avid Rush Limbaugh listener ever since. In my later teenage years, I expanded my interests to include military affairs, international geopolitics, and diplomacy. Now, as a young adult, I can describe myself as a dedicated Constitutional conservative. Conservative politics is my personal passion, and that is a feat to behold for a home-grown California boy. I have been active in Boy Scouting throughout my life and I am proud to be an Eagle Scout. I have loved drama and theatre and have been enjoying that particular art since my 6th grade year, even playing as Harold Hill in The Music Man. In my spare time, I love to watch movies, listen to music, and play boardgames with friends...Axis & Allies being my particular favorite. The greatest personal treasure in my life is, without a shadow of a doubt, my family. After serving a full-time mission for the LDS church in the Texas, Fort Worth Mission and meeting hundreds of different people and families, I can honestly say that I have one of the best families in the world...cliche, I know...but true for me! Like many young single adults my age, I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As mentioned above, I have been a member of the LDS church for my entire life. So, the question really is then, why do I continue as a member of the Church? Quite frankly, I can answer that question with this answer...I truly believe that this organization, earthly though it may be, is led by heavenly beings...that this church is truly and ultimately established, led, and directed by Jesus Christ, who is our Savior, King, and God. This statement is not symbolic or theoretical, but is truly what I feel to be true...that literally, the Church is Christ's church. Now, I do not claim to know everything about religion. I do not claim to know everything about Christ or His teachings. I do not claim to be without my own personal doubts and weaknesses. I would even go so far as to say that there are certain aspects of the Church and its teachings that I struggle with a great deal. But none of this can take away from the fact that there is "something" about the LDS church that sets it apart from everything else in the world...from every other doctrine, philosophy, or ideology. It is that "something" that has continually intrigued me ever since I was about 14 years old, when I first began to question the traditions of my parents-albeit in a very tame way as far as most teenagers go-who have both been Mormons for life. After looking at what we Mormons would call "the world" and its ways of thinking and acting, I cannot say that I have ever found anything that feels as wholesome and right as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is what my testimony is based upon. It may sound weak, but it is more than anyone should need to find a faith in Christ. That is what my life has become...a constant experiment upon the Church and its teachings...and I have never found anything but utter happiness in living the principles espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As of this writing, I am looking back at two years of full-time proselyting missionary service for the Church in the Fort Worth, Texas area. For two years, I shared the gospel in the towns and cities of North Texas...the towns and cities of Graham, Jacksboro, Olney, Newcastle, Loving, White Settlement, River Oaks, Fort Worth, Sansom Park, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, Aledo, Cresson, Annetta, Willow Park, Justin, Rhome, Flower Mound, and others. I have learned to love the people I shared the gospel with. I have learned to love teaching the principles of the gospel to members of the Church and those not of my faith. I have experienced first-hand how the love of the Savior is everywhere in this world...that I can find and access that love wherever I may be...whether in any of the congregations where I lived and loved in Texas, my college congregations at BYU, Provo, or my home congregation back in Hughson, CA. The Savior's love is everywhere. It is that love that I intend to keep studying and applying for the rest of my existence. I may not always understand it. In fact, there are times I may not even agree with it or want to understand it. Nevertheless, I cannot deny that Christ's love for me has always pulled me through in the past, and because of this I would be a fool indeed if I did not continue to experiment on His love...to continue to learn, grow, and progress through His wonderful Plan of Salvation and Exaltation that He has for me. How do I live my faith? I never, ever give up on it...it has never failed me in the past, so why should it fail me now? After all...that's why we trust in God, right? Because He has never failed us in the past. Any fellow conservative should understand the value of learning from the past. I know I do.