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Hi I'm Mark Petersen

Hello! I'm an aspiring writer, and a current missionary for the LDS Church. I love music and singing, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello everyone! I'm a young adult who is currently serving a mission for the LDS-Church. I've learned a lot, and I've gotten to meet some wonderful people. I'm blessed to have some spectacular friends who support and continue to support me while I'm out here in New York! I've actually been around a lot because I grew up in the military. Places like Virginia, Germany, and Texas have been in my list of homes. I myself love to write. I love creating things in my mind, and over the past two years or so, I've gotten pretty good at it, and it's helped me cope with many of the emotions and situations I've had to deal with. Along with having a creative and meek spirit, I love music. I love all types, mostly. My favorite artist is Adele, but I myself just stick with singing in the room, ha! As I've been out on my mission, I've seen a lot of changes, but I've learned a lot about myself and about how I can help people with my experiences and talents. I'm actually pretty understanding with most things, and I try to be loving and care-filled with most people I meet. I hope to continue to help people, whether spiritually or more humanitarian-like, while on my mission, and I'm sure I'll continue to have wonderful experiences while I'm out here in New York State! I hope that while you've been reading this that it's given you a smile and let you know that if you ever need a friend or someone to talk to, I'll always be willing to meet you! Have a spectacular year!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it feels great. I've felt a special spirit with me all my life and the experiences I've gone through couldn't have been what they were if not for being in the LDS church. The values taught, lessons learned, and material preached is all true and is all beneficial to everyday life. It helps so much with our personal, spiritual enlightenment. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that today, in this modern time, we have a living prophet on the earth who receives guidance from him. After almost two decades of being in the church, I haven't left, because I would feel naked without it. The blessings and protection and help that the church offers and has readily available are just a few things never to take for granted.

How I live my faith

Like I've stated before, I'm serving as a missionary withing the Rochester, New York Mission. Many times I feel or see people that don't have the standards or help that we, as Mormons, have, and it's saddening. We hope to bring help and love to all people. This world seems to be growing darker and darker, and without some sort of backbone or structure, it's almost impossible to stay strong. I'm grateful that we have a church that is worldwide and that is available for everyone in the world. I've enjoyed the friendships and the connections I've made with fellow missionaries, members of the church out here, and with everyday people that we talk to. Sometimes as a missionary, people don't want to talk to you, but most often, people are at least curious to what we do, and I like when we meet people who actually want to talk! I hope everyone of you feels loved, and has some friends or at least some structure in your life. If not, let me know :)!

Are Mormons Christians?

Mark Petersen
Christians? Yes we are! Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and he is my best friend! I'm so thankful for what he did for me and for every single soul in creation. His Atonement is so special and all-encompassing, that it's unfathomable to try and explain it. The Grace of Jesus Christ is so loving and eternal, and I'm grateful that he is my Savior, and that I get to attend church and live my faith so that I can draw closer to him each day. Mormon is just a nickname we have gotten because of the" Book of Mormon", but our actual church name is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints." We are Christians, and I'm so proud to be one! Love all of you! Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mark Petersen
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly..." I love the Bible very much! It's got a rich history, and of course the record of Christ's ministry. I love having it side-by-side to the Book of Mormon, and seeing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is concurrent through all scripture. The foundations and the teachings of the Bible, lay out what we as Christians should be doing to honor Christ and accept his Atonement. There are so many prophets and teachers in the Bible, just like in the Book of Mormon, and that just proves to me how both books are the word of God. "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets." I'm grateful for the Bible, and for the Book of Mormon as the "two sticks" that have become one, as Ezekiel prophesies. It truly is a testament of Jesus Christ, and the eventual second coming of the Messiah! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Mark Petersen
It's hard isn't it? Life? But, what is all the meaning of it? Have you looked around at the beautiful scenes all around us lately? Or up in the sky at night to see the millions of stars and cool formations in the sky? Why is all that up there? Everything in our world denotes that there is a Supreme Being and All-powerful Creator who has constructed these wonderful and stellar creations. God is your loving Heavenly Father, and he wants you to come back to him someday. We all came on this earth to receive our own bodies and explore ourselves with life's experiences. Whenever we go through an experience, we learn from it don't we? Regardless if it is a good or bad experience, I always learn something from. I love how we can go through life and grow, and create those relationships with our family and friends. As we trust in God, and follow his son, Jesus Christ, we can all be with him again, and be with our loving families forever! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Mark Petersen
Faith has always been an interesting concept. With Faith, you are hoping for something which you necessarily can't see, but that you believe in. There are things in life that you hope will happen. You don't know for sure that they're going to happen, but you have a strong hope and belief in them. The Faith that you show towards God and Jesus Christ are the same way. We have the Bible and we have the Book of Mormon, but you can't know for sure those things happened. You believe them though, and you hope for them. Faith is a growing trust in God and yourself, and everyday that you act on Faith, your spirituality grows and you're able to feel God in your life. Everyone needs to start somewhere, so start growing your Faith step by step, idea by idea, a little each day! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mark Petersen
Being a missionary right now, no I'm not required nor was I pressed into serving a mission. I'm here serving and helping people because I choose too. There is a certain desire to want to help people, just like the Savior did during his ministry, so I think a mission helps us a people do that. I've enjoyed it so far! It's great just seeing the smiles on the people we help, and seeing how spreading the uplifting messages and the friendly smiles has evolved into the Digital Age. It may seem like the time that missions last is long, but they really aren't. Time is an interesting factor, and it's so great to get to serve people here in New York. It's totally volunteer and self-governing (to a point!) and it's given me lots to learn and give. I'm grateful for this chance to help people, and I hope that I can continue making people smile! Show more Show less