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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a business attorney. I'm a little bit artsy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mormon who lives on the other side of the country from where I grew up--yet still somehow meet and married a wonderful woman from right back near home. We're living our adventure in Virginia, starting a family and career and life together. I'm a lawyer by day (and sometimes by night) and a writer, musician, husband and father-to-be by night who tries to be a good Christian whatever the hour of the day. I love the life that can be lived for others; a good, solid friendship is worth its weight in whatever precious metal you'd like to name, and no amount of wealth could buy a precious, quiet act of service. I find my solace in music and in writing and my motivation and my energy in activity and in people. Oh--and a good joke can go a long way.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up Mormon, I was surrounded by examples of people who had taken to heart the challenge to find out for themselves about the truth of the work. Truth can be a tough concept to pin down, but I've learned that for me, it helps to think of something that is true as being something that is both actual and real but can also be internalized in a way that becomes part of you. When I say I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Church is true, or that we have a living prophet--all things I know and believe--I mean that I have internalized an independent fact and made it part of my soul. Building that testimony has for me been a process; of the several key moments (and the many long, slow, uphill climbs), one in particular stands out to me. I was still in middle school when I determined to do what the others around me had done, to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and ask God what he thought. The reading took a year and the asking took a few minutes, but the rush of peace and warmth brought by the Holy Ghost confirmed to me something that determines my life. I believe that the book was true. So I'm a Christian because I have experienced God's presence and love through His Spirit and, through that specific experience and many others, have tasted of His grace. I'm a Mormon because I want everything he has to give. I believe that the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are part of that.

How I live my faith

Christ teaches us things that we must apply in a very personal way but also through our actions and interactions. From the Lord, His prophets and apostles, and His scriptures, I learn what I must do in the quiet moments of my life to become how God would have me be. I experience Christ's atonement and grace. I try to become perfect like God. Often, those are very personal and private events that come to me during the course of studying scriptures, praying, or writing in my journal and otherwise pondering on God's goodness to me and to all of us. But I can't go through life just with nonstop navelgazing. I need to be involved in uplifting and building others and in experiencing the richness that life has to offer. Keeping in mind my own needs, I nevertheless reach out to serve others whenever I can. I try to be sensitive to needs that may go unexpressed as well as willing to help whenever a need is made public. Beyond addressing such needs in a crisis mode, though, I endeavor to build relationships from the start and to bring people together so that they can build friendships with each other and closeness to God. If I had to pare all this down to a single idea, I would say I do my very best to build a community of faith and fellowship that is safe and strong on the inside but also open to bringing in all others from without. We're all children of God; we're all trying to attain the stature of the love that He has for us and for all.