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Hi I'm Pete

I'm American but grew up in Germany. Fitness and aviation are my passions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Pete and I didn't know this website even existed until a little while ago. As for me, I'm a happily single guy living life and trying to enjoy every minute of it. I claim Colorado as home but I spend my days buzzing around the skies of Afghanistan where I work. Having grown up overseas, I've had the opportunity to see much of the world and meet people from all walks of life, but I'm nowhere near done yet. The longing for travel and adventure is in my blood!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a tremendous drive to figure out why things are the way they are and how stuff works. With regards to my faith, in my search for truth in religion, I have read scores of books and met with countless members and leaders of other faiths, but inevitably the answers that seem to resonate in my heart and that make the most logical sense to me are those found in the Gospel as preached and practiced by members of the Mormon church. While I've taken to heart a great deal of what I've learned from other faiths, in my experience, nowhere are the answers so clear-cut and sensible as they are here. I know who I am, I know why I am here. I know who God is and I understand the relationship between us. I know where I can go when I need answers that noone else can provide. In today's world where there is so much media chaos and misinformation regarding these fundemental questions, I don't know where I would be without this knowledge.

How I live my faith

My daily life is quite a bit different than most other church members. My job has taken me to Afghanistan for the past 8 years where I work on a military base. The challenges are daunting, and often frightening but very rewarding. The opportunities for traditional service and fellowship are limited by both regulation and circumstance but they are there, and the small everyday acts of kindness seem to be more appreciated than they are back home. I absolutely love attending "combat" church services. There is something very unique about worshipping the Lord and partaking of the sacrement in old bombed out buildings or tents. Not that the architecture matters, but it definitely gives me a much greater appreciation for the comforts of home. Whenever I'm home, I can't go to a "normal" church service without smiling and remembering instead of the cry of a baby, the "clank" of rifles being laid down on the floor, or seeing the pianist with a machine gun strapped to her back. It is surprising how quickly one gets used to the lengthy pauses in sermons or lessons as everyone patiently covers their ears to protect them from the screaming of jet engine afterburners. Also, the rigors of war place a unique burden upon those who serve and it is humbling to have my and witness others' spiritual wounds being healed through worship. To see a battle-hardned weary troop come in and set his rifle aside, kneel in prayer, and set his worries aside for awhile, it is deeply moving. It is tough to put into words but my relationship with the Lord and and my understanding of the Gospel and the concepts of mortality and our purpose here has made it much easier to handle the trauma and horror of conflict. It has been so long since I've been able to regularly participate in normal church activities, I've almost forgotten what its like. But I do look forward to my eventual return to normalcy, though I still relish the opportunities and experiences that I encounter overseas.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Pete
This one has always amused me. Its always been interesting to me how I can sit down with someone and have a wonderful discussion about religion and our respective beliefs. We'll be getting along fabulously as we realize that we share a lot of the same universal Christian principles. But as soon as I mention that I'm a Mormon, its as if nothing we agreed upon before matters. The short and simple is that it is an intolerant label that some folks use in ignorance to try to make the LDS church and its member seem scary or crazy. But the only way to really find out is to talk to some real Mormons. Maybe head to church some Sunday and just sneak in the back and take a look around and listen. If you honestly find something scary or cult-like there, come tell me about it and I'll buy you a pizza for your troubles :) Show more Show less