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Hi I'm Bryce Peterson

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of two boys, and am an amateur novelist and photographer. I underwent scientific training in college, received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and work in the microbiology department of a nationally-acclaimed medical laboratory. I don't believe in religious vs. scientific explanations for things. All truth is part of one great whole, and this truth can be used to edify and enlighten the entire human family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the LDS teachings by my parents, who have been lifelong members. My mother's parents joined the Church in The Netherlands decades ago and moved to the United States. The teachings have always felt quite natural to me, and even as a youth I felt a great deal of peace surrounding the story of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of His and our Heavenly Father's visit to the boy Joseph Smith in 1820. I feel the lifestyle encouraged by the Church is a very peaceable walk of life, if you will. It seems very appropriate that the Lord would want us to live lives free of addiction, full of compassion, and motivated by a selfless Christ-like love for our fellow man. I'm comforted that the world has a living prophet to guide and encourage us. At present, that prophet is Thomas S. Monson. A very comforting concept the Church embraces is that family relationships will persist after we die, and that there is much learning and growth to engage us in the next life. These are things that bring me hope and peace. Coupled with the gift of forgiveness and immortality from our Savior Jesus Christ, these teachings give me hope and peace amidst a deeply troubled world.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith is rather an interesting journey because at some point, we will all leave faith behind. How is that? Well, simply because at some point we will *know*. Once we know something, we no longer have faith. Faith is a stepping stone to knowledge. Until this time of knowledge arrives, I pray privately, on my own and with our family. We study the teachings in the scriptures, and I spend a great deal of time reflecting on the sacrifice of God's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Our family attends weekly church services, where I conduct a class for adults called Gospel Principles. I've also been assigned to work closely with the local missionaries to discuss individuals in our neighborhood who are investigating the LDS teachings.