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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Grandfather and a Scientist, I grew up as a Quaker, and now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have a beautiful family, four children and six grandchildren so far. About thirty years ago I started learning about Latin America and learning Spanish. Now I've been married almost twenty years to a wonderful lady from Guatemala. We love spending time together and watching the grandchildren grow. At this late stage of life, I've gone back to graduate school and am working on a master's degree in linguistics and computer science at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

Over forty years ago I realized that my life was not going well and that the problem was really inside me. I started to seek help from a higher power and to open up to the power of God in my life. This effort grew and I entered a period of studying the New Testament a great deal and finding much peace and happiness in trying to apply the Sermon on the Mount to my life. In spite of all my efforts, however, my first marriage ended in divorce. It was very difficult to adjust to being single, and during this period I started learning Spanish. Later I returned to activity in the Society of Friends (Quakers), which was the religion of my parents that I had abandoned since leaving home. Through this activity I continued to grow and study and see ever more clearly the importance of Jesus as the guide to happiness. Then a little over twenty years ago I got to know a Mormon woman and her family and was impressed with the richness and love in their family life. After several months I attended services at the Mormon Church with this friend. It felt good, but I was not too impressed at first. However, I had some questions and asked the missionaries to come over to talk with me. When they came for that first visit their answers impressed my very much. In fact, I had a very powerful experience that day where the Spirit showed me that Jesus is the Christ, that He lives, and that this is his Church. I knew that day that I had to get baptized if I wanted to continue progressing in my relationship with God. A month later I was baptized, still not knowing much about the Church or the Gospel. However, I knew it was true and so I started living the principles the Church taught me, such as reading the Book of Mormon, paying tithing, and attending Church meetings. Over the years this strategy has led me through much continuous growth, little by little. Today, over twenty years later, I am blessed with a very wonderful family, a rich, happy life, and hope for the eternities.

How I live my faith

My relationship with God is the foundation of my life. I spend time every day in prayer and reading the scriptures. I try hard to understand God's will for me and to be obedient to it. I find joy in working hard to build up and provide for my family, and in serving others at home, in the Church, and in the world.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Peter
The official name of the Church, given by revelation to Joseph Smith in 1838, is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This emphasizes our central belief that Jesus is the Christ and he is our Savior and Redeemer. Another of our important beliefs is that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, another scripture comparable to the Bible. Our focus on this book has let to our having the nickname of Mormons, or the Mormon Church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Peter
I grew up as a Quaker, a religion that does not believe in any priesthood ordinances such as baptism. Later in life I studied the New Testament a great deal, and made a commitment to God and to myself to try to follow the example of Jesus in all things. However, I had never thought of baptism as being a part of His example. When the missionaries visited me the first time I asked them what baptism was all about. They responded that although Jesus was without sin, He was baptized to show His obedience to the laws of God and as an example for us to follow. Suddenly I realized that if I were serious about following the example of Jesus I needed to be baptized, since that was part of His example. So, after receiving the rest of the lessons from the missionaries I was baptized about a month later. When I came up out of the water I felt a very good feeling, and received the ordinance of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Ever since then, I have felt that at the moment of my baptism I came up from being under water to being out in the light. This has been the greatest blessing of my life. Only much later did I discover that the missionaries' answer came from the Book of Mormon, in Chapter 31 of 2 Nephi. Show more Show less