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Hi I'm Peter Nelson

I grew up in Northern Michigan. I love being outside. I'm a snowboarder, an artist, a traveler, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Peter, and I love to be outdoors, especially with my family. I come from a family of 6; myself, my parents and three younger sisters. At every oportunity we spend time together, and whenever possible, we do that out of doors. Whether it be on the snow or in the lakes or woods, we have a great time with the things God has given us. I also love to travel; in 11th grade I took a trip to Alaska, I've traveled all over the continental US, and our family went to Spain in 2003. I speak Spanish and Portuguese, and I love conversing with native speakers. All that has given me a great love of not only the outdoors, but the world and it's amazing cultures and varied peoples. I do pencil art. I love to snowboard, and I'm a competitive distance runner, not to mention all the great music out there. I attended Brigham Young University - Idaho prior to my mission, and I plan on majoring in Linguistics. I love seeing and hearing and feeling all the things we've been blessed with in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm not a Mormon because it's popular, or because my family are members. Although I initially went to church because it's what was expected of me by my family, as I gained experience and learned things for myself, I came to realize that I wasn't happy where I was. I discover that it was because I wasn't following the church's teachings; I was living a double standard. I continued this way most of my teenage years, and continued attending church throughout that time, but it was a facade. On Sunday I would pretend to be a righteous person, and the rest of the week I did the things I knew were wrong. I wanted to fit in with what the world thought about how we should act, how my friends acted. Eventually I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to be happier, I had to change what I really stood for, inside. It wasn't popular. It wasn't easy. It wasn't even really what I wanted to do. But it was what I needed to do if I was going to feel peace. Because I had let sin take a hold on my life, it took a long time to return, but once I had, I felt forgiven. God had never stopped loving me, but I had stopped paying attention to that love. I now know through my own experience that living in sin can only bring sorrow. If we want to be joyful we must follow Christ. mirth and happiness are not the same. While one may make you laugh, the other will give you real peace. My experience and study and prayers have lead me to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints is true. I know Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, and that he has called prophets and apostles to the Earth once more to guide us. I am so grateful for that knowledge, and for the sacrifice Jesus made so that we can be freed from the weight of our sins. If you don't know these things, I encourage you to read the Book of Mormon and pray for yourself. God will answer your prayers.

How I live my faith

In my home branch, I was active from the time I was baptized, at 8 years old. I have fallen many times. Too often I have come up short of the bar. Nonetheless, I know that we can be cleansed and try again. Repentance is not a one time occurrence. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a process - it is the process of becoming, and we must apply it in our lives constantly in order to constantly be forgiven of our sins and to become more and more Christ like. I have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and I know that no matter how difficult the journey to forgiveness may seem, no matter the consequences you believe will come, there is nothing you can do or have done from which there is no return. God is loving. He will support you and help you through your trials. I try daily to be a better person than I was the day before, and that includes standing up for my faith to myself and to others. Too many times we feel that we can be in the backseat and go with the flow. That is not the case - we must do what is right, no matter what we may feel will come of it. I live my faith by applying the Gospel in my own life and by repeatedly trying to become the person my God would have me be.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Peter Nelson
Mormon missionaries set apart two years of their life, in their late teens or early twenties to serve The Lord and preach His gospel. The expense of this mission is no small thing, but by and large, missionaries work prior to their missions saving their money to pay for the two years they will be in the service of The Lord. If they cannot pay for the entire mission by the time they leave, often their families will help with part of the cost. For those who cannot support themselves and whose families cannot help, the Church has a program to help them be able to still serve a full time mission. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Peter Nelson
When Jesus Christ was baptized, he waited for John the Baptist to perform the ordinance, because John the Baptist was the only one who had the priesthood, or the proper authority. Jesus was baptized by immersion, or complete submersion, and by proper authority, to set an example for us. "And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, ... how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water?" (2 Nephi 31:5) After Jesus and His apostles were killed, the priesthood was lost from the Earth. In the 1800s, it was restored through Joseph Smith. Today we have that authority, and just as there was only one church with authority in the time of Jesus, the same is true today. If we reject the proper authority of God, we are not following the example Jesus Christ set for us. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Peter Nelson
Attending a church or a church service is something anyone can do. You don't need to be worthy; you are allowed and in fact welcomed into any Sunday service. In our church buildings we worship, learn and take the sacrament every week, which is the bread and water representing Jesus' sacrifice for us when he died to atone for our sins. Attending a temple is different in that you DO need to be a worthy member of the Church in order to enter a temple. Temples are dedicated places where we go to perform ordinances which allow us to progress in our spiritual journey back to Heavenly Father. Because of the sacred nature of temples, we keep them in reverence, and only Mormons who are living in harmony with the teachings of the gospel are allowed inside. Show more Show less