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Hi I'm Greg

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a molecular biologist by training and currently manage a research and development group that designs new testing equipment for newborns. I got my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in the late 80's and an MBA from the University of Minnnesota in the early 90's. I've been married for almost 25 years and we have four teenage boys to keep us busy. When I was younger, I was involved in a lot of sports and then migrated to musical theater. I was in a high school where it was "cool" to sing and a lot of students were involved in both athletics and theater, which I've come to realize isn't very common any more. It's a shame because music can be so inspiring. I find in my work, there's something similar between science and religion. Many of my colleagues can't figure out how I can be a scientist and believe in the teachings in the scriptures. They have trouble seeing how someone could be involved in both. I first point them to Francis Collins, who runs the National Institutes of Health -- which is responsible for funding most of the academic research in the country -- and note he is a devout Christian. Next, I can point to many areas where science and religion agree. In fact, the scriptures even challenge us to "experiment on the word."

Why I am a Mormon

As a scientist by training, I'm a critical thinker. I'm always puzzling about how things fit together. When I was in college at Colorado, there were so many times during my biology classes, human psychology, and elsewhere where I was taught principles based on experimentation that dove-tailed perfectly with concepts I'd learned at church. For example, I was taking a cancer class where the professor was discussing the things you need to do to stay healthy -- what to eat, drink, etc. and what to avoid. It matched almost exactly with what we call the Word of Wisdom in the Church, which is a health guideline that's been around since the early 1800's. This professor, not a member of our Church, talked about avoiding smoking, alcohol, coffee, tea, eating a lot of grains, and so forth. This parallels our beliefs. I have many examples of similar situations. However, I will say that while the above experiences helped me to logically settle some things I'd puzzled over, my primary reason for being a Mormon is I've prayed to God a lot to understand whether this is Christ's church and I can tell you I've had my prayers answered in an undeniable way. I'm a Mormon because I believe the church teaches God's plan for us on the earth. The plan makes sense. The plan is consistent with God being an all-loving, all-caring, all-knowing Father. It provides hope and guidance that can't be found elsewhere.

How I live my faith

I go to Church every Sunday and also serve with the Church youth group which meets one night each week. On Sunday, we take the Sacrament (bread and water as a reminder of Christ's sacrifice and our own baptism) to help us focus our efforts on becoming better people and follow Christ. During this meeting, 2-3 members of the congregation are assigned to talk for 10 minutes or so on a particular topic -- e.g. Faith, Service, Repentance, etc. After this meeting, we divide into classes where we study the scriptures together -- Sunday School. Finally, the adults spend another 45 minutes meeting separately as men and women. The men have lessons on how to be good fathers, husbands and community members. The women discuss how to be good mothers, wives and supporting the community. We also discuss opportunities to provide service among Church members and in the community. During the week, we participate in this service with each other. It's a very involved group, actively engaged in a good cause. I enjoy being around people who care about others. We also arrange fun activities together as families and many friendships emerge out of our Church relationships.