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Hi I'm Russell

I raced bikes for the US National Team in the World Championships, I am a patent attorney, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and the father of four children. I'm an attorney and an engineer. In 1985, before completing my undergraduate degree, I raced bikes for the US National Team in the World Championships in Stuttgart, West Germany. In 1991, prior to my marriage and my completing my electrical engineering degree, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, I have continued to move forward with life as best I can. At the time of my MS diagnosis, my fiance (at the time) and I decided to go forward with our marriage and family. In 1992, I was awarded my engineering degree, and in 1996, I was awarded my law degree. Our fourth child was born in the year 2000. Since 1991, my health has declined and currently prevents me from working full time, but I still do the best that I can to contribute to society in productive ways. For example, I serve on the Board of Directors of a Texas non-profit corporation whose mission is to help people "find the ability in a disability." I am hoping to have a positive influence on the direction that this non-profit organization takes in its efforts to help disabled people get the most out of their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, and I have always tried to live according to it's principles. My life changed course after my MS diagnosis, but I have found the support system of the Church to be life saving. More than that, in my struggles with life, I have found that the LDS Church has helped me to believe in the reality and existence of a caring and loving God. I must admit that I have had doubts at times, but I have learned, as Descartes once said, that "if you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." The LDS Church has helped me to value truth, and to keep on the path of returning to live with my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church in whatever capacity that I am asked. My church leaders are particularly sensitive to my health needs and they try to keep my level of service commensurate with my physical abilities. Of all the community organizations with which my family and I participate, the church has been closest to helping me find the balance between what I should and should not be doing. The church provides these opportunities both within and without the walls of the church. I find that I am encouraged to help people in many ways. Right now, the church has asked me to help other people find employment. I live my faith by, among other things, helping others to deal with the very real challenge of finding suitable work for their personal situation in this struggling economy.