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Hi I'm Isaac

I'm a scientist, father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of two boys, ages seven and two, with a third on the way. I love being in the mountains or woods, and learning about nature and biodiversity. I am a scientist and evolutionary biologist with a Ph.D. in entomology (insect science), and hope to soon begin a career as a university professor. When I am at home, I like to cook, read, and sleep.

Why I am a Mormon

As a descendant of Mormon pioneers, I feel very grateful for the heritage of faith I've been given. More than this, I have felt the Holy Spirit throughout my youth and adulthood as I've learned about the gospel and served in the church. I have felt and know through this Spirit that the Book of Mormon is an inspired and true book of scripture, that church leaders are called of God and inspired, and that God loves me and wants me to progress. The Book of Mormon is an amazing book that lays out the important parts of God's plan in simple terms. It has some of the most inspiring stories and profound sermons, and I am grateful I was introduced to it at a young age. I feel that the gospel doctrine as understood in the Mormon faith has the depth and power and completeness to help me through life's challenges, to help me change and be better, and to learn what God wants me to do. In addition to the Bible, this doctrine comes from the Book of Mormon and from modern prophets. I can't imagine getting by with only pieces of the truth, with only part of the picture. As a scientist, I am sometimes asked how I reconcile my religion and belief in divine creation with the science I study. I don't have all the answers, but I have seen and felt many evidences of the gospel's truth in my life and in the lives of my family members. These experiences amount to a personal proof just as real and sure to me as the scientific facts that shape our understanding of the world.

How I live my faith

I have had several different positions in the church, including helping in the nursery, teaching elementary-aged children, and camping with the boy scouts. I currently help in the men's priesthood organization. I love teaching the gospel, and helping others to understand the meaning of the scriptures. The most memorable moments for me are visiting other members and getting to know them, especially those who are new to the church or are in difficult circumstances. Through church assignments and just meeting fellow members, I have come to know people with very different backgrounds, from many different countries, all with a shared faith and sense of unity in the gospel. I always come away from these visits with a sense of God's love for all, and joy from doing Christ's work.