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Hi I'm Nick Petersen

I am a Portrait Artist. I write Young-Adult Fiction. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Currently Serving in the Japan, Sendai MIssion. I enjoy paintballing and free-climbing in my free time, and I also like to do portraits for friends and family. I am an avid reader, and am currently in the process of finishing a novel. I enjoy soccer, sketching, and roller-blading. After my mission, I plan on attending college in Utah, and then settling down and beginning life, so to speak.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into the church, it's not why I'm a member today. Up until you are eight years old in this church, you are not responsible for your actions, but once you are baptized, the slate is wiped clean and the choices you make begin to affect who you will become. I've chosen to remain a part of this gospel because I Know it's True, and I believe that with every fiber of my being. Time and again there have been struggles and choices in my life that have challenged that belief, but through it all, I know that God is a constant, and he doesn't change. That, more than anything, has been the rock of my belief, knowing that no matter how many times I falter or how many times I've fallen back on sin, he is always there, and always ready to forgive. The scripture upon which I exercise the questions I have is this: (Ether 12:6) "And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." Every time I have questions or start to wonder if something is really right, this is where I go. It's why God gives us trials, and why things happen that aren't in our control. He gave his son so that we could return to be with him one day; we should at least put forth the effort to try and be our best. The Son Lives, and God Lives, and I know this to be true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by doing my best to be an example to those around me; many of my friends are non-mormons, and I choose to spend my time with them, but I've made it clear from the beginning, and continue to do so, that I will not participate in certain activities that I don't necessarily agree with. I think it's hypocritical to judge someone based on a lack of knowledge or a different viewpoint; while I may not necessarily agree with some of the things my friends do, I will not fault them for it; all I can do is my best to show them why I don't believe in it. Asides from striving to be an example, I enjoy sharing the gospel and explaining my views to others, and I especially love hearing about other people's viewpoints.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Nick Petersen
The church has said that all worthy and able young men should seek out and attend a full time mission. We in the church believe in the Second Coming, and that the hastening of the Lord's work is at hand. Missionary work has skyrocketed recently, and new Missionary Training Centers are being built around the world to handle the influx. The reason that missionaries go out on the streets and door to door to share the message is simply this, in my opinion: the church is not an ad on the side of a website. We want the world to know who we are and what we stand for, and we invite all to Come Unto Christ. In order to do that, however, in our increasingly technology-centered world, we have to come back to our roots, find those who are willing to listen to the message the Savior has to offer. We go door to door as missionaries, in partnerships, to show that we care enough to be walking door to door, willing to face the rejection that comes very often, so that when we find one who is willing to hear the message of the Lord, they will understand that we aren't selling pesticides, and that what we have to offer is worth more than gold. Show more Show less