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Hi I'm David Peterson

I love sports, especially soccer. I have 8 siblings, two older sisters and 6 younger brothers, and I love to help people.

About Me

I enjoy ballroom dancing and playing sports. I played soccer a little in high school. I am the third oldest out of nine kids. I have attended one semester of college at BYU

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, and baptized at the age of 8. As I grew up, I participated in church, and church activities, but I never really felt like I fit in. I felt like I knew things, but I never had internalized. When I prayed, there were some times when I felt like someone was listening, but most of the time, I felt like praying was just talking to an empty room, so I stopped praying. I felt like reading the scriptures was something that I never had time for. I would go to religious classes where we would talk about the Bible, and the Book of Mormon, but while I knew the stories, I never really felt like I internalized anything. I graduated from high school, and chose to attend Brigham Young University. While I was there, I started to make choices about what I wanted to do with my time, and I wasn't the most wise with those choices. I chose to stop going to church and started disconnecting myself with this church. I began to think about how I was going to tell my parents that I didn't want to go on a mission, something that they had expected me to do after the first year of college. Then, about half way through the first semester of college, I was watching General Conference, and the Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, said that male missionaries could now leave at the age of 18. When he said that, I got the impression to serve a mission, and that as I did that, I would become a happy person So I chose to serve a mission, and as I have been serving, I have become closer to Jesus Christ, and I have come to know for myself through study and prayer that this truly is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying everyday to become a better person, and by trying to share what I know with those that I love.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

David Peterson
Temples are wonderful places. They provide an amazing environment to be able to feel the Spirit of the Lord, and they also vide an opportunity for families to be sealed together for time and all of eternity. God has given up families because he loves us. It is the best environment for us to be able to learn and to grow, and our Heavenly Father knew that we would love them, so he provided a way that we could be together in that family unit forever. Temples are that way for families to be together forever. They also provide a way for people who have passed away without saving ordinances being performed to have the opportunity to accept people performing that ordinance in their behalf. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

David Peterson
Missionaries teach about the love that God has for all of us. Everything that they teach is centered on Jesus Christ, and about how we can become better, stronger people through Him. One thing that they teach in particular is about God's plan of us. We call it the Plan of Salvation. They teach about why we are here on Earth, where we were before birth, and what happens after death. Knowing about the Plan of Salvation has brought great peace to me. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

David Peterson
The Church is solely based on Jesus Christ. Nothing in this church would matter without Him. The whole point of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is to bring people to God, and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. He is the Cornerstone of our religion. Everything revolves around Him. We would be nothing without the Grace of Jesus Christ. And He has revealed to us how we can access that Grace. Through faith on Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice for us, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End can we receive the Atoning Grace and enter into the rest of God. Jesus Christ is my Savior. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

David Peterson
Because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, there were two things brought into the world that we could not overcome; sin and death. To return to live with God, we need to be clean from sin and death. We cannot overcome either by ourselves. God knew that this would happen, so He provided a Savior to overcome sin and death for us. Jesus Christ is that Savior. But just because Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, died on the Cross, and was Resurrected, that does not remove our personal responsibility. We are asked to have faith centered on Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized by someone holding authority from God, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End. By living this Gospel that Jesus Christ taught, we can obtain forgiveness through the Everlasting Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and return to live with God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David Peterson
A testimony is something that I have found out to be true. I have found that I can pray to ask my Heavenly Father questions that I have about anything. When I receive answers, those answers help to strengthen my testimony in prayer. So I guess, my testimony revolves around the fact that I know I can pray and ask my Heavenly Father for help. My testimony is centered on Jesus Christ, and the knowledge that I have that He is my Savior. I know that He loves me and wants what is best for me. I know that I can turn to him during those times that I am struggling, and I can turn to Him to find peace. Show more Show less