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Hi I'm Emery Powell

I am a grandfather, father, husband, scientist, and business management consultant. I am a Mormon.

About Me

What makes me excited is to discover new truth and apply that learning to improving our lives. I do not see a conflict between religion and science. Truth is truth and differences in understanding between science and religion will be resolved as truth is revealed and we move beyond theory and belief to an understanding of things as they really are. What does surprise me is the number of people who would rather hang onto to their closely held beliefs then to pursue truth, even to the point of refusing to study and consider relevant information that has already been discovered and revealed. This applies to physical and social sciences, economics, business, and religion. Change may be hard, but the gains are worth it if we are diligent, objective, and wise in the pursuit of truth.

Why I am a Mormon

I've had sufficient spiritual experiences during my life to know with a certainty that there is a spiritual component to our lives. Science does not currently have instruments sensitive enough to see or measure spiritual matter, but our inability to do so does not mean it doesn't exist. On the other hand, if we use the means given to us by our Heavenly Father, (faith, prayer, and the Holy Ghost), we may receive a witness that these things are true. This is my reason for accepting Jesus Christ as my savior and striving to live the gospel he taught. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught to the prophets during all dispensations of this earth. The Bible is a wonderful collection of books recorded by prophets and disciples of Christ from Moses through the 1st century AD, but it does not contain the record of the prophets who preceded Moses. Neither does it contain the record of other prophets throughout the world to whom God undoubted revealed himself from time to time as he showed his love for all mankind. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints currently has some of these records. I believe that God continues to reveal his purpose and give us direction today through prophets just as he did anciently. This is truth revealed today. It adds to our understanding of God’s purpose, and gives us direction for today’s problems. In addition, the authority and power of the priesthood of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth once again. I hold and have exercised this priesthood and I have experienced its power. Most of all, by priesthood ordinances, a worthy member of the church is able to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and experience his testimony and witness of truth. I have experienced this witness and I bear testimony that it is true.

How I live my faith

My career is important but it does not define who I am nor is it the primary purpose of my life. I do not live to work, nor do I aspire to worldly recognition. Rather I work to live and to have the means to serve my family, community, and God. My purpose in life is to have joy in my relationships with family and friends and to be worthy of God's blessings in this life and the next. Consequently I spend a lot of time with family and make family relationships a priority. I reach out to neighbors and get actively involved in community and church service efforts. I've served in many volunteer capacities, including teaching both youth and adults, boy scouts, and various leaderhship roles. I served as a full time missionary in three foreign countries, first as a young adult in Argentina, then with my wife in the Dominican Republic, and now currently in Africa. Service to our fellow men yield wonderfully satisfying experiences.