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Hi I'm Peter Anderton

I'm from Pendleton, Oregon. I love the great outdoors and sports, especially tennis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from the wild west town of Pendleton, Oregon. You don't know cowboys and Indians until you have visited Pendleton in the second weekend of September where we hold an annual rodeo, a very celebrated and exciting event. However, I don't consider myself to be much of a "cowboy". I live with my parents and grandparents outside of town on a small farm, but the things I really enjoy are physical activity like sports (especially tennis), hiking, fishing, camping, and things of that nature. I truly love being in the mountains or on the beach, rather than being cooped up in a house playing video games or watching television. Also, music is a huge part of my life. I play the trombone and the banjo and I love to sing. I have five sibling and I am the youngest. I'm the "baby", a term I get sick of. However, being the youngest, I have a lot of responsibility to help my parents. I always like to joke and say I have four parents because I live with my maternal grandparents. I have been raised in a house that goes to church every Sunday, eats meals together, and prays together. I love my family and I'm so glad that I was raised as a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the LDS church simply because my parents and grandparents were Mormons. I have been taught the gospel in the LDS church since before I can remember, so I have no amazing conversion story. However, as I have matured, I have truly questioned for myself the truthfulness of the church. There has always been one answer. It's true. I know that I am here on earth to prepare to meet God, to get a mortal body, and to do my best to live the laws set for us by Jesus Christ and his prophets to live with God after we die. I have read the Book of Mormon and know that it is true scripture that was written by true prophets under the direction of God, just as the Bible is. Also, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the complete and established church of Jesus Christ, the same church and gospel that was taught by the savior himself, that was restored to the earth in the early 1800's. I know that if I have faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, and do my best to follow all of the commandments of god that are given to us through prophets old and new, I will be able to live in God's glory and be happy forever. I love being a Mormon and it brings happiness to my life. I want everyone to experience the joy that comes from knowing that we can be forgiven of sins and be exalted in heaven, where true happiness is.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Mormon church since I was born and it has been an important part of my life that I have never considered setting aside. I love it too much and know that it is right and true and I want other people to know that as well. As a member of the church, I have had so many opportunities to serve in my 18 years of living. Currently, I attend church with the Young Single Adult branch, a group of people from my age to about 30 who are single. It is a blessing to me to be able to go to church with people who I can associate with that I have a lot in common with. In the branch, I am a teacher. I teach Sunday school once every three weeks. It is a somewhat challenging job sometimes, but I learn a lot and I know that God blesses me for my efforts. I really look forward to serving a mission in Ecuador later this year, and being able to prepare lessons teach the gospel in church is great preparation for serving a mission. I always try my hardest to live what I know and believe is true. I could not teach it if I didn't believe it. I could never deny the gospel of Jesus Christ and all of the principles of the gospel.