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Hi I'm Peter

I like to read, run, and hike. I would love to change the world one day but would settle for just changing one bit. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Meridian, Idaho. The photo above is my brother and I on a boat in Alaska. I'm on the right. I'm studying Social Work at Boise State University with minors in Spanish and music and a certificate in ASL. People ask me what I want to do with that degree, and I tell them "I want to help people." I'm still just kind of figuring life out. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer: Because I want to be. The long answer: I was born in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that in itself isn't enough for a person to be a Mormon. I am a member of this church because I know it's the true religion of God. Even if I didn't like it, I would know that I should be here because it's what God wants of me. The good thing is that I do like it. Actually, I'm rather enamored with this church. I talk with people of different churches every day as a missionary. I have to respect the decisions and beliefs of other people. But it's frustrating, hearing people talk about the faults in their own church and how they'd love to change it, but rejecting our message because they have a different faith. I see a lot of confusion. Our message resolves doubts and helps lives to be better. That is why I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying hard the scriptures and then putting in practice the principles that I learn while doing it. I'm super far from perfect, but I try to do the best I can. I especially love learning about the nature of the Godhead and about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As I learn about these topics, I realize my own purpose and potential and it gives me a motive to continue on in my own life and help other people.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

God's church has always been politically involved. Melchizedek, Limhi, Moses, Moroni, Abraham, Barak, Huldah, Deborah and many others were political leaders as well as religious figures. Isaiah, Alma, Abinadi, Abigail, Joseph Smith, James the Just and even Jesus were very explicit about their views of contemporary political and civic affairs. The Book of Mormon is full of counsel of how a government and nation should be run. The political engagement of the Church now echoes the advice on politics given throughout the scriptures: that is, base the government on righteous principles. We should elect, support and be righteous women and men to run our communities and nations. There will always be differences of opinion. So, no, the Church does not support individual candidates or platforms. However, the Church does support the concept of a righteous, free world. It's up to us as members and citizens of the world to figure out how best to accomplish that. Show more Show less