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Hi I'm Sherwood

I am a child of God (just like everybody else), and a husband, a father, a grandfather, a scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small town in Minnesota; and from my earliest recollection, I always wanted to be a scientist. Thus, after graduating from High School, I attended the University of Minnesota, where I met and married the girl of my dreams between our junior and senior years, after which I obtained my Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees, working in both the physical and biological sciences. Thereafter, we moved to Arizona, where I worked for 35 years at the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix as a Research Physicist. In Tempe, where we purchased a home in 1967, we raised four sons and two daughters; and we have subsequently welcomed -- as of 2011 -- sixteen wonderful grandchildren into the world. After retiring from my government job, I have continued to work with two of my scientist-sons in maintaining a website (www.co2science.org), where we weekly review a never-ending stream of research reports dealing with the effects of the ongoing rise in the air's carbon dioxide content on earth's climate (which effects are small and harmless) and the planet's many ecosystems, where impacts range from minor to very substantial and are predominantly beneficial.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the missionary efforts of a 26-year-old member of the Church who was attending dental school at the U of M, and who was also a counselor in the dormitory where I lived as a freshman. I had been raised as a Methodist; but as I grew older and began to think more deeply about religion, I came to realize that the existence of so many different churches implied that nearly all of them had to possess some elements of error, for truth cannot be divided against itself. In discussing religion with different people, for example, I used to ask them what it meant in the Bible when it says that God created man in his own image, receiving many different and confusing responses. But when I asked the person who would later baptize me -- and who learned his trade by drilling on my teeth -- he replied by saying "it means exactly what it says." That answer really impressed me; and from that point on, I thirsted for ever more knowledge of my friend's religion ... and I got it ... both from talking to him and others I met at Church, which I began to attend on a regular basis, plus my reading of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. And when I got to the end of the Book (Moroni 10: 4),where we are encouraged to "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true," and where we are told that "if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost," I offered the simplest of prayers, merely asking: "Is it true?" And the answer came back, via the promised power, using the same three words that I had used, only slightly rearranged, declaring to my inner being: "It is true." And that truth, plus the truth of the many other tenets of our religion, have been made abundantly clear to me, time and time again, year in and year out, until the present day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments of God, as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ. I love my wife, our children and our grandchildren; and I work to provide for them and to be a good example to them. Indeed, I try to be a friend to all I meet. I also do whatever I am asked to do as a member of our local ward or congregation, such as teaching various classes, giving talks in Church, and caring for those in need of help, be it physical, emotional or financial. I endeavor to obey the laws of the land and to sustain our duly elected public servants, as they conduct the difficult business of government. And I try to do what I can to promote what I believe to be correct principles, based upon what I perceive to be factual evidence, especially in regard to matters pertaining to my scientific training and my own experimental investigations. I also live my faith by producing this brief note, and by declaring to all who read it that I have a personal testimony of the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is proclaimed to all the world by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And I testify that you can have that testimony too.