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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student. My favorite things in the world are reading good books, Japanese things, running, sports, and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I once met a Hindu swami named Swami Bodhananda who told me "Peter, you must find ecstasy through doing good. For if you do not find ecstasy in doing good, you will attempt to find ecstasy in doing bad." I try to live my religion's beliefs because I sincerely believe that those beliefs lead to ecstasy and joy for both me and others. I have never felt happier in my life than while I was anxiously serving others and was faithful to God. I served a two-year mission in Hokkaido, Japan and during that time, I saw that a belief in God could rescue a person from depression, answer questions about life, and bring sincere joy. I believe that the reason this is so is that God's commandments are designed for our happiness and He really does bless us with motivation, strength, knowledge, and positive mental habits when we are obedient to Him.

How I live my faith

I start out everyday in prayer on my knees. I try to express gratitude for health, life, friends, family, and opportunities to learn. I share with God my goals and ask for strength to accomplish them. I seek to help and encourage other people. Study is another important part of my faith. Words of scripture provide a map for life. For example, this scripture in the Book of Mormon outlines what kind of person I want to be: "And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive" (Alma 7:23). I try to apply these scriptures by managing my emotions, personality and character. When I have noticed within myself annoyance or anger with a person, I pray to God and ask Him to help me see the good in that person, or ask Him to help me forgive that person. Having experienced this many times, I sincerely believe in a personal God who can touch and change hearts. Lastly, I want to mention the habit of repentance. I certainly struggle. What I have written above is ideally what I do. But I am often selfish, rely on myself, and fail to accomplish my goals. But I believe that God knows that I am weak and that is why repentance is such a constant theme in the scriptures. I admit to God that I made a mistake, or forgot Him, and declare my intention to try again. Then I start to feel God's love, forgiveness, comfort, and motivation.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

There have been a few unforgettable instances in my life where I have been filled with wonder and marvel at life, the earth, and the universe. I felt a new, powerful emotion when I was eleven years old while listening to my sister play the violin. I felt that the fact that this music made my heart react in such a powerful manner was evidence of God's existence and His love; for why would something so beautiful exist in a world where there is no greater, loving power? Similar emotions and thoughts grasped my heart and mind when I looked at the stars just a few years later in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was astonished at my smallness compared to that of the cosmos, but I was convinced that some grand architect had formed the night sky. I was taught about God and His plan in my family. However, I needed experiences like those that I wrote above to fight off the doubts that without fail would enter my mind. Since those spiritual experiences early in my life, I have found that the more I am loyal to God by thinking about Him, reading His words in the scriptures, and doing what He asks me to, the more I feel His influence and the more likely I am to have more spiritual experiences. Show more Show less