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Hi I'm Drew

I'm an aspiring mathematician, hobby computer programmer, and family man. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently working on my PhD in math. I think it would be great to have a career in math research. Right now I am working in algebraic geometry. It is exciting to learn how to think about complicated things in a useful way, and to solve problems no one has solved before. I got a computer science minor as an undergrad, and sometimes I like to write computer games for fun. I have been married for about three years, and we have a two year old daughter. My family is very important to me. My wife and I like to play Euro-style board games, go on trips and outings, and just be together. It takes plenty of work to be a parent, but my daughter is a source of joy for me and a chance for me to grow as a person. I used to do a lot of running and triathlons. Now I am busy with study and family, but I still try to run a few times a week. I like other outdoor things, such as hiking, water and snow skiing, and shooting my dad's shotguns. I also like to read. I like science fiction and fantasy, but I also enjoy some non-fiction and can appreciate a variety of genres.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were strong members of the church and taught me by word and example how to live the gospel. I have always wanted to be a good person, and I tried to follow those teachings. As I grew older, I started to understand how valuable the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was. In my first year away from home, it is easy for me to see where I could have made some serious mistakes if I didn't have the teachings my parents gave me. But because I did have those teachings, I easily stayed far away from these mistakes and avoided a lot of pain and trouble. Later, when I was serving as a volunteer missionary in Korea, I had the opportunity to visit a lot of people's homes, and I could see the difference between the families that were rooted in the gospel and those that were not, and I knew what I wanted for my family. My conviction of the of truth of the The Church of Jesus Christ also comes from my personal spiritual experiences. For me, these are quiet times when I am praying, reading the scriptures, or just thinking about God, and I feel a peaceful and happy feeling. This feeling is God's way of saying that He loves me and of telling me what is true and right.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church in assignments that I am asked to do. I have done things like teaching youth and adult Sunday school classes, organizing activities, speaking in church, and visiting members. I also feel like taking good care of my family is an important part of my responsibility, and I try to make sure I spend time with my wife and daughter. An important part of a Christian life is how we treat the people around us. I feel like I am good at being patient and tolerant of people around me, but I am a quite person by nature, so I have to work on at reaching out to get to know people so I can serve them better. Some people feel like obeying the commandments or rules that God has given us restricts our freedom. I like to think that God has given us a map or a set of instructions to get where we want to go. No one would say that having a map of the place you want to go restricts your freedom-- rather, it empowers you.