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Hi I'm Heber Petersen

I'm a high strung, energetic Eagle Scout who loves the out doors. I'm a full-time missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a very out-going person. I love life and people. As an Eagle Scout, I love the out doors and especially the mountains. My siblings are some of my very best friends. I am a college student at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I love learning opportunities. I have a great desire to help others around me. I love to read. Recently I have discovered that I love Mountain Biking, it is quickly becoming a passion for me. I love to sing in choir and participate in all kinds of music. And Basketball is possibly the most fun sport to compete in.

Why I am a Mormon

For me the question is more, "Why I'm Staying Mormon." I was born and raised in the Church. So from a very young age I had a deep rooted feeling that Jesus was the Christ. My family made Gospel discussion a common place topic in our home growing up, and I quickly gained an intricate knowledge of the gospel. We spent countless hours reading and studying the gospel together. My sweet parents bore powerful testimony to the truthfulness of the gospel every chance they got. My own testimony grew ever so slowly, as I felt the spirit press upon my soul that what I was learning was truth from God. Despite the fact that I had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I was still unaware of its existence. In the summer of 2010 I found my own testimony buried deep within my own heart and soul. I had decided earlier that year that I wanted to serve a mission, but I was having serious doubts about the whole thing. I spent many nights laying in bed thinking about the decision I had made. I knew that I needed to serve a mission but financially I didnt know that I could afford it. I was unsure and scared. I finally, in shear frustration, humbled myself before God and asked Him what He wanted me to do. In that simple act of asking God, I found in my heart the immovably rooted conviction that Jesus is the Christ, and that He has restored His church to the Earth through a living Prophet. In that moment of awe in discovery, I found my testimony. That is why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Because in my soul is rooted a knowledge that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that Joseph Smith was the Prophet of God, and that Thomas Spencer Monson is God's living Prophet on the Earth today.

How I live my faith

Right now I am living my Faith by serving a full time mission. As a missionary, I am a representative of Jesus Christ, and I actively invite everyone to come unto Him. I know that everyone who has, does, or ever will live is a child of God. That knowledge gives me a deep desire to help others feel the Spirit of God bear testimony to their souls of its truth. I have put my friends, family, and education on hold for two years to share this wonderful message with everyone who will listen. I strive to be an example of the hope that is in me to everyone that sees me.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Heber Petersen
As to whether we worship Joseph Smith the answer is simply, no. No, we do not worship Joseph. We only worship God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith played a key role as the Prophet through whom God restored the fullness of His gospel. Joseph is respected, proclaimed and maybe even reverenced in the church because of his example of what it means to be a useful and faithful servant of the Almighty God. But, no. Joseph Smith is not a part of our worship. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Heber Petersen
Put simply, the Priesthood is the power and authorty of God the Father delegated to man to act in His name. God is our Father and He wants to make promises with us. So he gave authority to His prophets to act in his place to bring about the salvation of His children. Through this sacred authority from God, Baptisms and other saving ordinances are performed by worthy men who hold a position of service in the Priesthood. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Heber Petersen
Friends and I have often discussed what seemed to be the endless quandary: "Are we saved by Grace, or by works?" As I have studied the truths that are taught by ancient and modern prophets of God. I have come to the understanding that we are saved by Grace. The good actions we do in this life do not "earn" us a place in Heaven. Those actions do, however; demonstrate our love and gratitude for Christs Sacrifice, and qualify us to receive the fullness of Gods blessings. Christ grace is sufficient to save all men. Because Christ was resurrected He overcame the obstacle of physical death. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane he paid the spiritual price for all sin. This allows all men to come back into the presence of the Father to be judged. As believers in Christ and His grace we make promises and covenants that allow us to become new creatures in Christ. By the Grace of Christ and obedience to his gospel our very natures become changed and our consciences are forever cleansed of guilt and pain. So in that great day where we will stand to be judged, we can look at the Savior with a pure heart and clean hands knowing that we have been not only saved, but changed by His grace. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Heber Petersen
There are several things that affect the growth of the Church world wide. I think a large part of it is our focus on the Family. We believe the family is the central unit in time and eternity. Many other people hold family dear to them and they are drawn to the truth that we can be together forever as families. People in the world we live in are looking for something solid to hold onto in the vast flood of changing fashion and values. And people find that solid foundation in the fullness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the wonderful people in the world are looking for truth, peace, happiness, security, belonging, love, joy, comfort: all of which are found by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I personally attribute the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the truthfulness of the doctrine taught. Everyone is a spirit child of God, and when they hear and see the light of the gospel, they are drawn to it. Show more Show less