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Hi I'm Peter

I love to camp, hike, play, and discover. I'm an amateur cook,an expert light bulb changer, and a practical joker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a son and a father. I have one brother and six sisters. I have four sons and two daughters. I've been a paper boy, a short order cook, an oil change technician, a hospital laboratory worker, and a financial analyst. But the best job I've ever had was being the teaching assistant for a biology class that was required for all of the nursing students. I love to camp and hike. Last summer we hiked to an alpine lake in Colorado and enjoyed the breathtaking views. Then my nephew fell in the lake and we both learned a new meaning for the word "cold". I like old movies, old books, and old people. Last year I met a veteran from the 82nd Airborne Division who jumped into occupied France on June 6th 1944. That pretty much made my year. I met my wife on my second day of college. I didn't know I was going to marry her but I did now that I liked her. We were married 5 years later and it has been a great partnership ever since. I've never owned a pet but my little sister used to bark when the doorbell rang so a lot of people thought we had a dog. My mom named me after Peter the Apostle in the ancient Church. My brother was named for a tax collector. I like to play video games with my kids but they can usually beat me. I can text on my phone but I still spell out words like "you" and "please". I'm an amateur astronomer and I like to tell stories to my kids. Some of them are even true.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to wonderful parents who taught me the Gospel by example. When I was eight years old, my dad offered to take me out to dinner if I read the whole Book of Mormon. I finished about three weeks later. There were many parts I didn't understand, but I liked the stories of the prophets. And I really enjoyed eating dinner with my parents! When I was 18, I had a powerful spiritual experience that helped me realize that God loved me as his child and that He knew me as an individual. I was also given a testimony that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. It was a buoyant, effervescent feeling that filled my whole soul with light. I thought "Wow, I want to share this joy with everyone I meet".

How I live my faith

One great part of being a member of the church is serving alongside so many great people. Once I went out of town on an emergency and a friend from church stepped in and took my kids on a big camping trip that we had planned. Another time our friends provided us with meals and babysitting after my wife had a baby. I went with some friends to clean up League City a few years ago after a hurricane. We cut up downed trees and did a lot of trash hauling. When I was a boy, we would give service at an apple orchard by picking apples in the fall. My brother and I found a beehive in the orchard and he told me to kick it - but that is a different story. I've been blessed to have many opportunities to teach the Gospel to children, pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. I think I like teaching the teenagers best - they have their whole lives ahead of them and they usually want to do what is right. My wife and I try to live the Gospel in our home and we try to teach it to our children, mostly by example. It can be tough sometimes - we called a family meeting not long ago to talk about showing more love for each other and everyone ended up sitting in the corner at some point! We read the scriptures as a family each morning and discuss how to apply the teachings in our lives. We pray together often and attend church weekly. I love the joy that the Gospel brings to my life and I like to share it.