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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Minnesota. I helped found a charter school for 5th-8th graders in North Carolina.

About Me

I really enjoy work, and have since my wee years. I have worked as a business consultant and a healthcare executive since 1981 when I finished my M.B.A. degree. I enjoy working in an industry where we help people improve their lives through medical interventions. I enjoy sailing in the summers, camping, backpacking, and just took up snowshoeing. I've worked with the Boy Scouts for many years and highlights include taking young men on adventures like Appalachian Trail backpacking and white water, open boat canoeing. I'm kind of a handy man too - and have built two houses and renovated three. I like to fix things, and see the fruits of my labors. The past two years I've been a gardener - growing veggies. It's fun and delicious. My wife and I have raised two boys and two girls.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents knew a few Mormons in their young adult life together, and one day the missionaries knocked on their door in Minnesota. My mom was home with the first three of her six kids, and because of prior good experiences with LDS men and women, and the fact that they were looking for a church that offered more insight and blessings and closeness to God than their prior protestant experiences, she let them in. She bought a Book of Mormon from them and had no further contact for six months, during which both mom and dad read the book, prayed to know if it was really true, received a witness from the Holy Spirit that it was and eagerly awaited further contact. Different missionaries came back after six months, as the original pair had been transferred out of the city and none replaced them till six months later. My parents were baptized soon thereafter and I was born 3 months after that. I was "raised in the church" and came to know for myself through the same process that the Church really is what it claims to be - the Church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth through the ministry of angels, and the work of modern-day prophets. This has been an anchor to my soul throughout my life, and Christ is my guiding star showing me the way and providing his grace to make me clean from my sins and errors. I love him. I served a mission myself in the mid-70s to northern California, and now live in the area that I served 35 years ago.

How I live my faith

Religion for me means doing as much as saying, and doing leads to being, that is, being a Christian. I've served many years in the scouting program helping boys become men and become committed to Christian virtues in their lives. My bishop in North Carolina saw a need to create a charter school for 500 5th - 8th graders, and together with a few other church and community members, and with the loan of buildings from the local Baptist, and Lutheran churches, we got it off the ground and the next year into our own school buildings. The Church looks after the widows and fatherless, and I have been blessed to do so by assignment, going with another brother to visit 2-3 widows and other families at least monthly and providing a message of faith and encouragement, and looking after their temporal needs - doing small repairs, arranging service projects by the youth, counseling on money matters, that sort of thing. At times I have led the local missionary efforts of our congregation, and have helped find, teach and fellowship people who are seeking out an increased closeness with the Lord. Helping people come unto Christ has been the most rewarding experience I have had (outside my family experiences).