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Hi I'm Kris

I'm a husband, father, research scientist and professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While my highest priorities are always centered upon my family, I am also a dedicated research scientist that is trying to better understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. I have spent a the majority of my life in education and the medical research environment trying to better deal with the diseases of the brain. Parkinson's disease can be heart wrenching to watch in that no one ever is 'cured' of the disease and that there are many complications that must be managed as the disease progresses. I love the excitement of the unknown and the discovery/problem solving process involved in science. As our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases increases we will be better able to help those that suffer from these processes. This love of knowledge and the empirical approach to problem solving has led me to try and share this excitment through the classroom. It is extremely satisfying to help awaken the excitment that I feel for understanding the mysteries of the human body in others in the classroom situation. This love of education has been internalized in my family with one daughter earning her medical degree and is a retinal surgeon, my second daughter just completing a master's degree in counseling and helping less privileged children on a reservation, my third daughter has earned a bachelor's degree and is working fulltime (and more) as a mother of three children, and my wife and son completing master's degrees.

Why I am a Mormon

My love of Christ, His life and teachings are central to why I am a Mormon. The gospel of Jesus Christ as exemplified within the LDS church teachings and practices allows me to have a central pillar upon which I can anchor my everyday life. Occasionally I am asked if being a scientist invalidates my belief in Christ. In contrast, my experiences in science have taught me that there is a higher order to life than can be understood on a purely biological level. My love of the Gospel and Christ's teachings allows me to maintain a more balanced approach to my life and a greater appreciation for the miracle that we call life.

How I live my faith

Being mormon is not a spectator sport -- rather you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the application of the practices as taught by Christ. I have many opportunities to serve individuals and families within my area. These service opportunities are widely diverse and include such activities as organizing a community Memorial Day breakfast and 5K run. The breakfast gave our neighborhood an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of many men and women for our wonderful country / freedom and have a great time socializing with our friends and neighbors. While large events are wonderful in providing service on a group level, there are other opportunities whereby I provide service on a more personal level such as visiting with some of my older friends that have illness or doing some basic yardwork for individuals that are not in a position to help themselves. Why do I help? It is mostly because there are needs in my community that need to be met -- but it is also because of the example provided by Christ and others. Finally, in a selfish way, it helps me feel better knowing that I can make another's time here on earth just a little better.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

One way to look at this question would be to ask 'Who wrote the Bible?' The answer would be that a number of prophets in the Old World transcribed the events and their dealings with the Lord in their part of the world. In a similar fashion, the Book of Mormon is another witness that Christ lives and that He was and is God's son. The Book of Mormon contains the record of the teachings and interactions of the Lord with individuals in the Americas. It is reassuring to know that the Lord loves and cares for all of His children throughout the world and that his teachings were not restricted to only one group of followers in the Old World. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement, ressurrection and love. It provides another witness of Christ that supports His teachings in the Bible. As I read the Book of Mormon, it provides strength to me in times of challenge and direction to my daily living. It doesn't supplant the teachings of the Bible -- rather it provides great detail and clarity that allows me to come to know Him on a more personal level. Show more Show less