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Hi I'm Joel

I'm a scientist and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California, one of seven children. I am now married and a father of five. I am a molecular biologist with a keen interest in understanding the invisible world within living cells. I love the beauty of life, and I am passionate about teaching others about it. While family and science occupy most of my time, I am often distracted by interests in early American history and the current news headlines. I'm really not me without my wonderful wife. I cherish every moment I can be with her! We strive together to be good disciples of Christ, and to just go about doing good.  

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints paves the most accurate path for following Christ that I know of. The Book of Mormon, as a companion text to the Bible, sheds greater light on how God has dealt with His children in the past, and how He deals with us now. The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness of the Savior--and its principles, along with those of the Bible, make me want to think less about myself and do more for others.

How I live my faith

Living my faith starts with my relationship with my family. My faith urges me to be respectful and faithful to my wife. To make her concerns my concerns, and her joys my joys. I am not an innately great father, but my faith calls me to live to a higher standard as a parent than I otherwise might. I am a scientist by trade, and so it may not be surprising that my faith is born of lots of little experiments that have yielded crystal clear results that keep me wanting to be among the latter-day saints.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse any particular political party, but it does encourage active participation in the political process. This is because representative governments should embrace the best values to be found among its constituent citizens, and those values should be reflected in the secular laws to which we are all subject. In the United States, many faithful Church members are to be found in both of the prominent political parties.  Show more Show less