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Hi I'm Hal Peterson

I grew up in eastern Idaho. I am the head of the trust department at a community bank in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandpa to eight grandchildren scattered too far from home. I have five children scattered along with my grandchildren. We had a child 12 years after we thought we were done so we still have a teenager at home. (Keeps us young) I am the manager of a trust department at a local community bank. My wife is a stay at home mom and wife. I am a graduate of BYU Idaho and BYU Provo. I love the out of doors. I especially enjoy riding four wheelers, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, and camping...and visiting our children/grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon, but not always converted. My conversion took place as I decided whether to serve a mission. As I asked Heavenly Father one night if I should serve a mission the response to my prayer was immediate and powerful. I knew I should serve. So I prepared myself spiritually to go by attending missionary preparation classes and attending Ricks College (BYU-I). When I got ready to come home from a fantastic mission I promissed the Lord that I would never turn down a calling...and I haven't. I have held many different callings, but the one I currently hold (Bishop) has been the most treasured calling of all. I love our ward members and our youth. The gospel has provided our family a pattern on how to live life to its fullest and be happy doing so. Plus, the gospel gives purpose to all we do. I love life and I love the gospel.

How I live my faith

As the bishop of our ward I spend most of Sunday in meetings and meeting with ward members. I have the pleasure of counseling with ward members about special problems they may be experiencing in life or in their marriage. On Tuesday nights I meet with the youth at their mutual or activity night or go out and visit new members to our ward. As a hometeacher I get to visit with the four families that have been assigned me and my companion. We try to visit them at least monthly...sometimes more often. But its always fun to visit with them and check on their well being...temporal and spiritual. Every morning before I go to work we have family prayer. My wife and I pray together every night mostly on behalf of our family members who are "scattered" about. But we ask Heavenly Father to bless us in all aspects of our life. Being a Mormon is a great way to live life. Keeping the commandments is not restrictive. On the contrary, it is very liberating! (Fewer addictions)