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Hi I'm Rhett

I'm a husband and father. I'm from Arizona, lived in Oxford, England and the Dominican Republic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Arizona. I've been married for 10 years to my best friend (we've known each other since we were 8-years-old and grew across the street (didn't start dating until college). I have three great kids. I served a mission for the Church in the Dominican Republic and loved it and still miss it. I studied at BYU as an undergraduate (History, and I'm still a history nerd). I got my law degree from the University of Chicago (best pizza in the world). I have a Masters from Oxford in Water Science, Policy and Management (I love England). I practiced water law for several years in Arizona, and I'm now a law professor. I teach law and my research focuses on international and domestic water law and policy. I'm a big basketball fan, I love PG Wodehouse and Gabriel Garcia Marquez novels, I like watching TV and movies (action and comedy mostly, and I especially like superhero movies), and most of all, hanging out with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. My family on both sides goes back for generations in the Church, to the early pioneer days. But the reason I am a Mormon is because I'm convinced by the evidence. I'm a lawyer and a law professor, so I'm big on evidence. But the kind of evidence that sustains my faith is a little different than the kind of evidence you use in court (though there is that kind of evidence as well in support of my faith). Mainly, the evidence I have comes from two sources. The first is the way living the teachings of the Gospel blesses my life and my family. I'm happier, have more direction and confidence, and live in more peace and fulfillment when I center my life on the teachings of Jesus Christ. When I pray, read the Scriptures, dedicate myself to my family, live and work with integrity, and serve my neighbors like the brothers and sisters they are, I feel great. Not that all of my problems go away, but I'm better able to deal with problems as they come, and understand why they come. So in a way, this evidence is like running an experiment. Live the teachings of Christ and receive blessings, and when I don't (and I don't always), I don't have the same blessings. The results of this experiment in my life are too reliable to deny the evidence. Second, and perhaps most importantly, I have studied and prayed to my Heavenly Father with an open mind and heart to know if He is there, that He loves me, that Jesus is His Son and my Savior, and that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, just like the Bible. The Holy Ghost as witnessed that things these are true. Again, it's just like an experiement, and if you run it properly, you'll get the same result. I can't give you the result, you have to run the experiment yourself.

How I live my faith

I teach children in Church each Sunday. They are 5 and 6 years old, and I love teaching them about honesty, service, love, and the stories of Jesus. It's great, because one of my kids is in the class, so I get to know the children his age. I also hep clean the Church, do service projects for others in need, and volunteer in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.