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Hi I'm Pete

I'm a Mormon. I'm a computer program. My wife and I have 10 children and 14 grandchildren.

About Me

All I ever wanted to be was a father. I met and fell in love with my wife when I was 23 years old, after having served for two years as a Mormon Missionary in France and Switzerland. She and I raised seven children. Even though all I ever wanted to be was a father, I still needed a profession. I first was introduced to computers at the University of California in Berkeley, and it stuck, because I have been a computer programmer ever since. Unfortunately my wife died when most of my children had already left home. Fortunately I found and fell in love with my second wife and we have been married now for over nine years. She is the mother of three children. We now live in the Inland Northwest area of the USA. We see some of our 14 grandchildren a lot of the time and some of them almost never. Our 10 children are spread all across the country. We will be having at least two more grandchildren, in February and March of 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember as a child asking my father, who really had no religion, why there weren't any prophets any more. He had no explanation for me. I asked that same question many times in my life. It wasn't until I met the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that I learned the good news, that there not only were prophets NOW, but that they had been around since the 1800's. I think this fact more than anything is what brought me into this church. I receive a very strong spiritual confirmation that Joseph Smith was the first of these 'new' prophets and that there is one even today. The second thing that brought me here was the return of temples to the earth. There were temples at the time of the Savior, and they were obviously very important. I was happy to learn that temples had also been restored to the earth, and even more happy to learn that the temple can help me live eternally with my family.

How I live my faith

I take every opportunity I get to attend church meetings. I also read the scriptures at home, and pray. I try to spread the good news of the gospel with others who are seeking.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think anyone who calls the Church of jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or "The Mormons", a cult, probably just doesn't know enough about us, and is most likely repeating what they have read somewhere or that someone else has told them. I have always been of the opinion that when you want to know about something, you need to ask the people who really know. So if I wanted to know something about early 15th century english literature, I wouldn't expect to get much from a nuclear physicist. Sure, he (or she) may have taken a class about it in college, but still...... Likewise with religion, it doesn't make much sense to ask a Baptist what the Mormons believe, or how they live their lives. First, the answer is sure to be incomplete. Second, that answer is sure to be clouded with personal feelings. Show more Show less