Hi I'm Lou Petillot
I was raised in Ontario, Canada but moved to Calgary Alberta when I was 22, this is where I joined the Church.
My life so far is a smorgasbord of events. I left high school early to work. After being an underground miner, oil rig worker, long distance truck driver I joined the Church and served a mission in Arizona. When I returned home I went back to blue collar jobs, married in the Alberta Temple to a beautiful return missionary and started a family. We attended Brigham Young University and after 4 years I earned a Masters Degree. After some professional positions and much unemployment I went back to the tools. I became a Red Seal Journeyman pipe welder and even taught at the college level. Presently I am teaching welding at a local trade college, operating my own welding company and the father of 4 wonderful children, 2 are serving missions, one has been married in the Salt Lake Temple and has provided us with 2 enchanting grandchildren. We still have 1 son at home but soon he will be serving a mission. I love camping, survival training, building survival equipment, building camper trailers, etc. I am looking for a small piece of country property so I can have a weld shop to create new products. I love spending time with people, I love teaching because it provides an opportunity to to interact with others. One of my long time needs is to be as independent as I can be, not easy when you still carry a mortgage, but we are working on it. I am just a down to earth guy who loves life, who calls himself rich because of my family, good friends and my relationship to my God.
Why I am a Mormon
As a young Catholic boy I was raised in a good family but I had some serious questions that my Priest could not answer, I was only nine. Soon I did not go to church because I felt much was missing. As I grew I still looked into other faiths trying to find answers, finding more questions. I loved Christmas as we celebrated the life of Christ, He seemed so real, so close and I knew that He was real, I just could not find a faith that reflected this burning belief. At the age of 20 years old I was working on the Oil Rigs when I was seriously hurt and spent a few days in hospital, there was nothing to read except an old Gideon Bible. As I read I saw the need for paying tithing so I began to send money to the Gideon Society. I also saw the need for Apostles and Prophets as the original Church of Christ. I moved back east after that accident but still was looking at churches. When I was 22 I felt the need to return to Calgary but by this time I was discouraged and felt that God rad removed His Church when the Apostles died and we were to wicked to have it again. I offered my first true prayer (previous prayers were Catholic set prayers) and with tears I told my God that I was not looking anymore and I did not blame Him for leaving us on our own, I did not want a church of man. Two weeks after that prayer two young men stood outside my apartment asking if they could leave a message. At first I though they were Jehovah Witnesses but they told me they were representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, the Mormons. I was curious, what was a Mormon? I had other friends over at the time who told me to get rid of them but a sweet peaceful feeling attended these young men, I wanted to know more. Three weeks later I was baptized, my brother who was in Toronto (half a country away) was visited by missionaries and he joined the Church two weeks after I did. My sister went to my brother's baptism and joined the church two weeks later.
How I live my faith
I try to live my faith by the standard I keep. I served a mission in Arizona for two years and later raised a family teaching them the joy of serving others. I have been a Scout leader for more than 28 years, sat on several community boards and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. I continue to serve in our community by working on clean ups, service projects and fundraising. In the Church I serve as the Sunday School President, this gives me the opportunity to work with teachers, youth and adults. I also have the opportunity to visit other members with my son to see if they are doing well, leave a short spiritual message and prayer. This activity has brought me much joy and has brought my son and I closer as we serve together.Over the past ten years I have worked with the young men (12 to 18 years) and have worked on many service projects, winter and summer camps.