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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Mormon. I have a passion for service, science, and optimism.

About Me

Hey there! My name is Peter, and I'm 19. But if it doesn't look like it from my photo, then you're not alone. I am commonly mistaken for being anywhere between 12 and 16, and I now embrace it and laugh. I am a recent high school graduate, and I just finished a semester of college at Brigham Young University. I am working hard to become a mechanical engineer. My ultimate goal in life is to fundamentally help those around me. I don't want to just get a job that pays the bills: I hope that I can develop technology that could save/change someone's life. I don't know exactly what that technology is yet, but I want it to involve serving others. I have learned to love that great feeling that comes from willing, proactive service. I have realized that this service can come in many instances both great and small. For instance, I recently went to Tonga on a humanitarian service project where a group of teenagers and I built a house for a family in need. On the other hand, in high school I spent many hours helping students with special needs do basic things like make breakfast and do basic chores around the high school. Those positive times helped me so much to get through the rough patches in high school. I go through fun, easy days as well as disappointing, hard days just like anyone else. But I love being able to laugh at a joke in the newspaper or at some little mistake I made. It just lightens my perspective and helps me love life.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in this church, I still have had to make the decision to see if I believe that this is the true church. I have a testimony that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints IS true. I know that God and Jesus Christ love me. I know this because I have asked God, the source of all truth, if this church is His restored church on the earth. I also asked Him if the Book of Mormon, a religious account of the people in the Ancient Americas (similar to the Bible, only it takes place in the New World), is true as well. I have received distinct impressions of peace that I know came from God. I know that these things are true. I have noticed that when I follow what God has commanded, I am so much happier. I love the hope and joy this gospel brings me. It gives me a reason to keep looking at the positive and realize that even though I make many mistakes -some bigger than others- the Savior atoned for my sins and I can repent and change for the better. There is hope. Jesus Christ's Atonement can truly change our lives!

How I live my faith

I am actually taking a two year hiatus from my schooling in order to serve a voluntary mission for our church. I have been called to the Brazil Sao Paulo West Mission, and I will be there from January 2014 to January 2016. I have looked forward to this point in my life ever since I knew what a mission was. As missionaries, we bring peace to all those around us by bringing them to Jesus Christ. This is done by doing a variety of things from community service projects to telling and teaching everyone we meet about the joy that comes from living the gospel and living God's commandments. Just like how I would want one of my good friends to recommend to me a certain treatment if I'm going through pain, I want to tell others about the peace I have felt from living this church. I am not going to force it on anyone, but it is my hope that they can know of the comfort that it brings. I am ready to embark on my mission and consecrate my life to my Father in Heaven. I am willing to lose myself in the service of my fellow man, and I can't be more excited.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons believe in hope. Even though every one of us makes mistakes and sins, there is hope to remove that feeling that comes from knowing we did wrong. That hope is from the Atonement of Jesus Christ who suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for everyone's sins so that we can repent and look at life with a clean, happy perspective. Being able to repent of the mistakes and sins I make brings me hope in my life and allows me to feel true joy. Show more Show less