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Hi I'm Peter

I'm a Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master and an engineering student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an 18-year-old college student studying engineering by day and working as a shift leader at a fast-food restaurant by night. When I'm not in a lecture, doing homework, or on the clock, I spend my time playing Dungeons and Dragons and posting on the fan forum of my favorite author. I have a reputation both at work and with my friends for being blunt and telling things like they are. I enjoy listening to electronic dance music, but the rest of my family are not fans so I limit it to when they're not at home.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid I went to church because that's just what my family did. Mom went to church, Dad went to church, and so by extension I went to church. And while that's definitely not the best reason to go to church, I'm glad to have had opportunities in my youth to learn of the gospel. In my early teenage years I went through a period of doubt. I still believed in the gospel, but I wasn't sure if I knew that it was true, and I had questions that I couldn't answer. Why do the scriptures say we have to do this or can't do that? Why are youth meetings so boring? Answers to these questions did not come right away, and I still have questions that I'm waiting for answers to. I think what changed from then to now is that now I have to rely on God a whole lot more, and in doing so I've felt His power and felt the Holy Ghost testifying of Him. When I'm stressed out and I pray I will feel His peace, see an event happen to me that brightens my mood, or recognize at the end of the day that I have been given patience and serenity that was not my own. I feel the Spirit when I serve others and when I go to the temple to do ordinances for those that are dead. I don't need to have all of the answers to my questions now; all I need is to know that Christ lives, that He knows all that I'm going through, and that I can rely on Him for support and as a model for my life. Start with that, study and pray about His words recorded in the Bible and Book of Mormon, and you too can know what I know and feel what I have felt. And what I know and what I have felt is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Like all active LDS members, I attend a 3-hour church block every Sunday. While there, I listen to (and occasionally teach) lessons, participate in discussions, and, most importantly, take the sacrament, which represents the body and blood of Christ. Sometimes I am even able to help with the administration of the sacrament, during which I always feel the Holy Ghost testifying of Christ and His role as my advocate and mediator with the Father. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I attend a class at the religious institute near my college about how I can prepare to teach and testify of the Gospel of Christ and its restoration in these the latter days. I try my best to be an example of Christ in classes, at work, and on the internet, and although I don't always succeed I know that my efforts to become more like Him have strengthened me and improved me.

What is being a Mormon like?

Peter
A lot of people think it must be strange to be a Mormon, but to tell you the truth we're really not all that different. I think the biggest part of it is what we spend our time doing. We don't drink alcohol, so many Mormons spend their after-work time home with their families. We replace bars and clubs with more wholesome sources of entertainment, like family time, church dances, and sports. Another difference is Sunday activities. We believe Sunday is a day given from God to be a day of rest and study, and so Mormon Sunday activities include going to church, studying the scriptures, spending quality time with our families, and calling on neighbors and relatives. As you can probably tell, families are a big deal to Mormons. We believe that families are the fundamental unit of eternity and that they can exist after death. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding Mormon standards out there. It's true that we don't drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, take illegal drugs, engage in premarital sex, or view media with violent or immoral messages. But I like to think that Mormons, and Mormon teens in particular, have mastered the art of having fun without that sort of thing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Peter
We believe in two books of scripture: the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Both teach and testify of Christ. The Bible holds an account of Christ's visit to the people near Jerusalem, and the prophets and apostles that testified of Him in the surrounding areas. The Book of Mormon holds an account of Christ's visit to the people in the Americas, and the prophets and apostles that testified of Him there. Each book talks about Christ, and gives insights into His doctrine and character. Neither is complete without the other. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Peter
The key meeting in the Mormon Sunday service is called Sacrament Meeting. It's about 70-75 minutes long. The meeting begins with a song and prayer and ends with a song and prayer, with songs sung by the whole congregation and prayers given by members. After the opening song and prayer comes the sacrament, an ordinance which uses bread and water to represent the body and blood of Christ. The sacrament is the key part of the meeting. After the sacrament, the rest of the meeting is usually taken up by 2 or 3 speakers assigned from the congregation, sometimes separated by songs. The first Sunday of each month, no speakers are assigned, and members of the congregation are invited to share their testimonies and experiences from the last month over the pulpit. Visitors are welcome in sacrament meetings and the other meetings before and after, no matter their age or how much they know about the church. Show more Show less