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Hi I'm Paige Peterson

I'm a violinist and someday I hope to teach music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a very musical family. My mom is an opera singer and voice teacher, my dad plays piano, my sister plays flute, and my brother plays drums. (It's never quiet!) I've been playing violin since I was nine and played with the New Jersey Youth Symphony in high school. I participated in the Brigham Young University Symphony during my freshman year of college. As for some of my other interests, I adore animals, especially horses, and I am a quintessential geek (I get super excited at any mention of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Doctor Who, BBC Sherlock, or Supernatural). Something else you should know about me is that I am serving a mission to Tokyo, Japan from August 28, 2013 to March 10, 2015. This means that I will be sharing the gospel with the people of Japan for eighteen months. I've only been out for about a month, but it's already been the most incredible experience of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in this church, I still feel like the decision to be Mormon was my own. I could have left at any time, but I never did. Looking back, I think the reason for that is the peace and joy that the gospel brings into my life. It lets me know that I am a child of God; I was put on this earth for a purpose. I matter, even though I'm one of 7 billion people. God always hears and answers my prayers. No matter how much I mess up (and I've done that A LOT), God will still love me and welcome me back with open arms. The peace I receive knowing that I can move on past my mistakes is incredible.

How I live my faith

I feel that the best way to live my faith by serving others. Christ set that example to us when he was on the earth. I'll be honest, when I was younger, I never really looked forward to visiting nursing homes or raking leaves. But over the last few years, I have come to love serving others as Christ did. It helped that I had so many opportunities to do so at college. My favorite program was Hoofbeats for Healing, where we helped give riding lessons to children with mental and physical disabilities. Even though I had to get up at 8 am on Saturdays when everyone else in the dorm was asleep, I always had a fantastic time. I also had the opportunity to share my love of music. It came about it a pretty unlikely way; a volunteer from a local community center stopped by my writing class one day and mentioned that they were in need of volunteers to teach music lessons. This was how I met Ahmed. He had recently moved from the Middle East with his wife and two young children. I could always tell how much he cared about his family and about the people around him. It never really mattered that I didn't get paid to teach him; it was truly rewarding to see his joy at having this opportunity to learn violin, an opportunity he probably wouldn't have had otherwise. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had to know him and for the influence I was able to have on his life. I have felt my capacity to love grow immensely through these experiences.