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Hi I'm Pie Konchar

I'm a father of five and an avid outdoorsman. I love road tripping with my family and racing on my mountain bike. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the woods of Pennsylvania in a large family, I'm the 6th of 8. My mother joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 2 or 3, so after being christened a Catholic, I was brought up a Mormon. My wife and I have 5 kids, so in our house "there's always something happening and it's usually quite loud." We enjoy the outdoors, well, most of us do. It's a happy day when I can convince the whole crew to go on a hike, but I often have to bribe them with a trip to the yogurt shop. Mountain biking is a passion of mine. I don't know all of the best components or brands of bikes like some of my friends do, I just love to ride. I enjoy competing so I'll mix in a few races each summer, including an off road triathlon. The training for such an event often gets sidetracked during the busy summers, but I'm not trying to get on the podium every time, so just enjoying the venue and the overall experience is good enough. I'm a very social person. Back in college I was easily convinced to go play basketball or go grab a burger when I should have been writing a paper. Consequently, I was a mediocre student but I had lots of friends. That trend has continued to this day as I have a large social network and I eat way too many burgers. My oldest son likes to help out at the local soup kitchen whenever he can. I enjoy watching him strike up conversatons with strangers and bring a little sunshine and hope along with their meal.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was introduced to the Church while living in Alaska in the early 60's. She joined the Church a few years later and raised her 8 children as Mormons despite oppositon from her siblings and even my dad. I was raised in Pennsylvania where there aren't many of us. I was often challenged about my faith so I learned to study and work out my own beliefs. In my studies I found the teachings of the Church conforming to the Lord Jesus Christ's teachings and the Church's organization conforming to His original church. But it wasn't until I was preparing to serve a 2-year mission that I received a powerful witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that I was a member of the Lord's true church. After that witness I was able to be an effective missionary and gain valauable, faith enhancing experiences. My motivation for being a misionary changed from duty to love for my Savior and his sheep as I served with all my heart for those two years before I started college. Since those formative years I have had countless encounters with the Holy Spirit letting me know I am in the Lord's church. I am a naturally curious person so I constantly read and search for truth from many sources. I love disussing religion with my friends who are not of my faith, challenging and sharing with each other over a burger at lunch.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church affords me so many opportunites to serve and grow. From giving a sermon to singing a duet to teaching a class of 10-year-olds (all things I've done in the last few months) to leading a group of 75 men to playing in basketball or softball tournaments, I have the chance to learn and grow and increase my faith every day. I'm so grateful to be a part of such a great church surrounded by so many great Christians. The Lord is quoted in Matthew saying "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." I strive to come unto Christ each day by praying, reading the scriptures, and directing my thoughts towards Christ, whether faced with adversity or having easier times. Another verse that I love is in the last chapter of The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ where the prophet Moroni implores "Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him and deny yourself of all ungodliness." I try to come unto Christ every day by denying myeslf of ungodly thoughts and actions. I try to remember the Lord's words in the New Testament: "Even as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me." I try to treat all people with love and respect no matter what they look like or where they're from. I love the Lord and His Church. I'm grateful to know what I know. The witnesses I've had from the Holy Ghost have given me a knowledge of my Heavenly Father and His only begotten son Jesus Christ. I know they want us to be happy and to return to them.