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Hi I'm Pete Baumgarten

I am a simple country tax lawyer. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Pete and I am a Mormon, originally from California. I was born in the church. My wife and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple. We have had 7 wonderful children, six are still living, and we have a growing number of grandchildren as well. We adopted one of our daughters from India. She is mentally handicapped and she is an angel. I enjoy adventure. This has led me to travel to some remote parts of the world, especially Africa and South America, for humanitarian causes. I am also a scouter. I am a tax lawyer by profession, now retired. Before entering into tax practice I served in the Army JAG at Fort Hood, TX, for a 3-year tour of active duty. I have college degrees from schools in Utah, Washington state and Washington DC. I have also served a mission for my church in Brazil for two years as a younger man and have retained fluency in Portuguese. I love the Brazillian people (and all other peoples as well). With my wife and adopted Indian daughter we are about to serve a second mission in the U.S. that will involve preserving family history records.

Why I am a Mormon

From my early childhood, I learned faith at my mother's knee. Over the years my faith has increased by fasting, prayer, by reading all of the Scriptures, both ancient and modern, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and finally by personally hearing and studying the teachings of modern apostles and prophets. By the witness of the Holy Spirit I have my own testimony that: - God lives, - Jesus is the Christ, the divine Son of God, - Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who was commissioned to restore Christ’s church to the earth, and - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Since these are correct principles, I follow the path in life indicated by these principles. My personal witness of these things has not come easily to me. As a young college youth I had a crisis of faith regarding all four of these principles. Intellectual pride was the root cause of this crisis. But laying aside my pride and walking the path revealed in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ confirmed me in my faith. I believe the key to finding the truth of these principles for oneself is the Book of Mormon. If the Book of Mormon is true, then God lives, Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all that it claims to be. My hope is that anyone who happens to read this will follow the direction found in Moroni, Chapter 10, Verses 3, 4, and 5 on page 529 of the Book of Mormon: ask of God, with a sincere heart and real intent, having faith in Christ if the Book of Mormon is true. If they follow the instruction given in that passage he or she will know by the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by keeping the commandments of God, and the standards of conduct which are well known in our church 24-7, including payment of tithes and offerings, abstaining from harmful substances, keeping the sabbath day holy, giving service in and out of the church and cultivating an attitude of love and charity to all people. One of the biggest challenges for me is controlling my temper when I drive on the highways, but I am making progress in driving more like the Christian that I profess to be. I believe in giving service. This is one of the reasons I serve in scouting. Several years ago I founded a non-religious charitable organization. During the seven years that I presided over that organization, we gathered and distributed over 100 thousand volumes of books and other materials from the USA and Brazil to dozens of schools and libraries in Africa (Mozambique and Nigeria.) I have since passed on the leadership of that organization to another capable indiviidual because of conflicting demands of family and church callings. In my church I have also served in many capacities, including missionary, teacher, youth leader and as a local bishop (pastor) over two congregations. A particular concern I have is with the onward march of atheism in the world. It is becoming its own dogma and religion. I am currently working on a series of short essays to refute the main arguments being advanced by this movement to deny the existence of God. It is my hope that what I write may have an influence for good in the life of a youth who is struggling against despair as I once did.