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Hi I'm Pete

I'm a husband, a father of three, an astrophysicist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for over 25 years and am a father of three. I am an astrophysicist by profession and have worked with NASA on space-related programs. I grew-up in the USA and have traveled to or through most of the states in America. I have also traveled to many places through out the world. I love competitive volleyball and working with wood.

Why I am a Mormon

I've spent a good portion of my life studying laws or principles that govern our Universe. As scientists, we do not create these laws or principles, but uncover what they are. Often our understanding is only partial, and as we discover more our understanding changes. My understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ works somewhat the same way. The truths of the Gospel are absolute, but as I try to live the principles taught in the scriptures and by modern prophets, the Lord gives me more and more understanding of those truths. However, there are some truths that one does not have to spend a lifetime in order to know of their reality: that Heavenly Father is real and loves us, that Jesus is The Living Christ - the immortal Son of God who atoned for all mankind, that the Holy Spirit promised by the Savior in the New Testament is a gift given to us today, that Joseph Smith restored the Lord's Church upon the Earth, that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are testaments of Jesus Christ, and that there are living prophets and apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is why I'm a Mormon: I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I'm trying to treat others as the Savior did; I'm trying to forget myself more and serve others. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their is no paid ministry. Currently, I'm serving as the Bishop (similar to a pastor) of our local congregation. Previously, I served with the Boy Scouts of America, a program with which I love to be involved.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

As mortals we all sin. We do not have the capacity to pay the full price for those sins, therefore, we could not return to live with Heavenly Father on our own merits. The Savior was sinless and capable of paying the full price for all our sins. Through his atonement and resurrection, we all can have the opportunity to change and return to live with Heavenly Father. In addition, in a way incomprehensible to us, the Savior was able to take upon himself all our pains and infirmities as well. Show more Show less