Paul Peterson

Paul was born the youngest of four children into a very musical and loving family. He enjoys playing the piano, reading, running, theater, and photography among many other hobbies. Raised in the church, he was taught from an early age about Jesus Christ, who makes it possible to overcome the challenges of this life. He served a full-time mission in Hiroshima, Japan where he gained a strong testimony of the love God has for all of His children. He is finishing a bachelors degree in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University, and currently serves as a Chaplain Assistant in the Army National Guard. He aspires to become a Chaplain, marry in the temple, and raise a family.

Be sure to also read Paul's essay, 'I Have a Voice' Read here.

10 Mar, 2014

Thank you for the thoughts Paul. You are a great example to me, and I find great strength in your quiet, loving testimony. I hope that things continue to go well with you as you rely on the Savior. Keep on keeping on, you are awesome.

Bruce H.
10 Mar, 2014

What a tremendously candid, heartfelt struggle of your journey and what a great gift to have arrived at the point where you find yourself now. That is the quest that each of us are on in this life -- the ultimately get to the point where we realize with an absolute certainty that, regardless of what others may think of us, to God, we are enough. Thanks for sharing your story.

Stephen J.
10 Mar, 2014

Thank you for your bravery, honesty and open heart in tell your story Paul. You do have and amazing faith and love for The Lord and it is seen in your smile! So fortunate to had shared the experientl weekend with you and to see your heart in motion! YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! I am honored to know you and look forward to watching you at work even more for The Lord. Your testament be aid others on the journey to gender whole ness. You are loved! Stephen

10 Mar, 2014

I like the conclusions you've drawn what a beautiful way to see things! Thank you for sharing a part of you life with the world!

Christopher Dean
11 Mar, 2014

You are so great Paul! Thanks for raising your voice.

Michael Packham
11 Mar, 2014

I am so impressed with the strength you have shown to live your life in accordance with eternal covenants despite the often overwhelming desires and yearnings associated with our same-gender attraction. Stay true to that course, always able to be in the House of the Lord. You inspire us all to do the same.

11 Mar, 2014

My brother, my friend. You are so brave, so loving, so kind. Thank you for teaching me faithfulness, perseverance, honesty, and holiness to The Lord.

Andile Nzume
11 Mar, 2014

What you just shared is inspirational, I completely understand what you were going through. I am so grateful that there is someone who opened up and reached out to people who struggle with this, I have the same problem, I feel as if people are constantly judging. Opening up to the bishop feels like a hot metal melting my skin but you gave me hope and I am grateful.

Mark C
14 Mar, 2014

Paul, that was incredibly brave and courageous of you! Thank you for being such a great example and a great friend. So happy to know you.

Jessica Bishop
27 Mar, 2014

Paul, in high school i looked up to you for how kind you were to me and how happy and gentlemenly you were. i never heard your story before but even now it still think you are one of the most amazing and inspirational friends i know.

1 Apr, 2014

As a Soldier that has served with Petey........he is a tough dude too! He can handle himself to say the least. Strong, talented, compassionate. All around good dude. Proud to know you. Great job Brother.

Nate C
2 Apr, 2014

Paul, you are a great guy. Don't let yourself or anyone else tell you otherwise. I would love for my son to grow into a man who lives the way you do. I appreciate the time I have spent with you in college and wish you the best in life.

Brent Parkin
17 Apr, 2014

Thank you for sharing your story. I admire your strength and genuine desire to be happy in every way. You are a true warrior and God's love radiates from you. Don't ever forget that you are God's masterpiece. He created you in everyway. You are so amazing and have such a beautiful testimony of the Gospel. You will be an incredible husband and father.

Joyce Ward
27 Mar, 2015

Paul you have always been a giant of a man to me ~ You are so very brave and strong and I am proud to call you my friend!


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