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Hi I'm Mason Peterson

I have lived in Utah all my life. I love music, the outdoors, math, and learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and grew up in Utah. I am the fourth of six children and enjoy my place as a middle child. I just graduated from high school am now in the MTC, excitedly preparing for a mission in Oakland/San Francisco, California, speaking Fijian. During high school, I sang in the Chamber Choir and played clarinet in the Wind Symphony. I also played tennis, participated in math club, and was on student council. I love the mountains and the incredible National Parks we have here in Utah. I like to hike, bike, and run. Some of my favorite hikes/backpacking trips here include Mt. Timpanogos, Kings Peak, and Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I also enjoy rock climbing, rappelling, and canyoneering. I am very close with each of my family members and love them dearly. I look up so much to my older siblings and try my best to be a similarly good example to my younger siblings. Our family loves to go camping and on road trips together. One of my favorite vacations that I have been on was taking a road trip to the East Coast to visit my older brother and some church and historic sites.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Mormons, and so I was raised in this Church and have always been very familiar with its culture and doctrines. As I have gotten older, I have taken the opportunity to discover for myself whether I believe the teachings of the Church. I once had a teacher tell me that the best place to discover truth is from the source of all truth: God. As I have prayed to God, my Heavenly Father, I have gained a knowledge of the truthfulness of this Church. One of the most spectacular aspects of the Gospel is the fact that we can repent of our mistakes and receive help and guidance from God. I pray often for God's aid, and can feel His hand in my life as I find that I am able to do more than I normally could on my own. Throughout high school, I would have homework, extracurricular, and stress packed weeks. I found that as I took time to pray, show my gratitude to God, read the scriptures, and take time out of my life for Him I was miraculously able to accomplish more than I could have dreamed of. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has also given me great joy. In Gospel of Matthew in the Bible we learn that "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 10:39). As I have sought to live as Christ would by giving of myself I have found so much joy as I have been able to bless others lives. The Church also gives me incredible comfort that there is life after death and that I can live together with my family again. This tremendous joy greatly eases the burdens and stresses of my life.

How I live my faith

I feel that one of the most important things I do to live my faith is participate in meaningful service. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about loving and helping others. As a youth, some of my favorite activities we did together were service projects. This service varied greatly from helping the elderly participate in some spiritual experiences that they would otherwise have been unable to have because they couldn't attend church meetings to taking out trees for neighbors. I love to offer what I have to help improve others lives. I also strive to serve my family members. Cleaning up around the house and helping out with dishes and household chores is just one of many ways I help serve them. I remember how much I looked up to my older brother and how much I loved spending time with him, so I also try to spend a lot of time with my younger brother and sister. I try to help them realize how much I love them and care for them by spending at least a little time each day focused on them. Now I am preparing to serve a full-time Mission for the Church. In August, I will leave my home and my family for two years to serve and teach the people of Oakland/San Francisco, California.