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Hi I'm Peter Johnsen

I am a singer, I love pokemon, I am serving a full-time mission in Minnesota, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to sing, I was in show choir, and was in a few school plays. I sang in a barbershop quartet to save money for my mission, I play a teensy bit of guitar, and teach myself piano sometimes. I like to draw and make art. I like to read and think about the scriptures. I love to bike and run and go hiking. I've been backpacking in the Uintahs, and I love to be outside. Being inside is boring. Last year I got my CPhT and worked as a pharmacy technician for the good part of a year before I got my call to serve a full-time mission in Minnesota. So far, I've served in Grand Rapids, and Waconia. I love sharing my beliefs with everyone, and helping feel the love of God in their lives. I love helping them see they are an important part of God's life. Seeing that realization in someone's eyes for the first time is, to me more precious than any career, or educational persuit out there right now. Oh and I like pokemon too. I had to set aside training for the Indigo Plateau to do missionary work too. THAT was probably the hardest sacrifice to give up. ;)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a.k.a. Mormon Church and I have grown to love it and know for myself that it's God's one true church on the earth. My dad was born into, and converted through the spirit as well. My mom was a convert from Dublin, Ireland and she joined when she was 18 years old. Being born into a catholic family, she was pretty much abandoned by them, but she had a lot of faith and trust in Heavenly Father. Her family eventually followed her example and all moved to Utah. I draw my strength from my parents loving example.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in my Father in Heaven's work, through missionary work, and helping others who don't know for themselves the light of the restored gospel in their lives. To those investigating mormon.org I want them to know that this restored gospel is the same gospel that Jesus Christ taught when He was on the earth, and through it, all problems are solved, and we can be with our family forever someday.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Peter Johnsen
I've been asked this before "Do you have to be baptized into the Mormon church to get into heaven?" The answer you're really looking for is: "Is the Book of Mormon true?" Because it is, then Joseph Smith was a prophet, and translated it by God's power.Through Him, Jesus Christ restored His gospel and this is Christ's church. Thus, restoring the same authority to baptize. All people must be naturalized into the kingdom of God to be a citizen of it.The Mormon church just happens to be the church that God oversees and gave authority to those who are worthy his power to baptize. We get that directly from Jesus Christ himself through his apostles. The Holy Bible teaches us how the Savior lived, that he was baptized by John the baptist. He held the power to administer the ordinance of baptism. He baptized for the "remission of sins." Jesus said "Come follow me." We can only follow him if we are baptized by that same power he was baptized by. We call that the Priesthood. Hebrews 5:4 The Book of Mormon tells us that baptism is also to be able to enter into a formal two-way agreement with God, a covenant. This covenant is to represent that as we are willing to be obediant to him, remember His son's sacrifice, and retain in our hearts the name of Christ. In return God will give us the Holy Spirit as our constant comforter, our body guard, and our messenger from God to guide us back to Him. Without this guidance, we are lost. We cannot find our way back into God's presence. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Peter Johnsen
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate "How to" for the family. "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look to for a remission of our sins." -2nd Nephi 25:26 As we apply gospel principles in our family, like forgiving one another, we become stronger and stronger as a family. As we pattern our lives according to the Savior and his teachings, we can find increased happiess, fortitude, and one day find ourselves "sealed" together so that not even death can break the loving ties we have forged through doing the commandments. My family, even my older brothers who all have families of their own now still keep in touch regularly. We are very close, and always can turn to one-another for help. Nothing will break that. I don't know what it's like to have a family member reject, be ostricized, or turn away from our family. I know that will never happen to us. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Peter Johnsen
The Holy Ghost is our torch in this dark world. He is God's messenger/comforter/bodyguard. The Holy Spirit guides me in the path that God would have me take, and gives me strength to take on any challenge. He is one of my greatest assets. when I was baptized at eight years old, I got hands placed on my head and given the Gift of Holy Ghost by someone holding God's priesthood. We all feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, but until we are baptized and receive that gift, it's like holding kool-aid in a spaghetti strainer. It doesn't stay there. we all need to be baptized and receive the Gift of The Holy Ghost so that we may see the path that leads us back to God. That way, He can always be with us as we are obediant to Him. I am guided by Him as a missionary in what to say, where to go, what to do, and what to be. I do wrong things sometimes, and the Holy Ghost can't be with me when I sin. Repentance is real, and the Holy Ghost cleanses us from all ungodliness when we correct our wrong choices. It helps us make good choices. Show more Show less