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Hi I'm Glen

I am a biophysicist. I have four children from 11 to 2 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Ph.D. in Physics. Although I did well in school, I felt that the pace of academic life was a bit slow for me, so instead of becoming a professor I joined a small biotechnology firm. I have always enjoyed making unusual imaging devices (cameras), and I love my current work of inventing new microscope devices. Being a physicist I have a background in the basic equations that explain the order of the universe. Studying biology I also have learned a lot about the minute processes that make life possible. At home I am a father of four children who do their best to pester me. I usually have to rely on my loving wife to keep things at home functioning. I love to play basketball, but I wish I was better at it. When I get a chance I like to play computer games and I devour sci-fi and fantasy books.

Why I am a Mormon

Instead of my faith and my scientific pursuits being in conflict, for me they are in harmony. I study the bible to learn about God's plan and purpose; I study nature to learn about God's creations. Both aspects of my life are really the same pursuit of truth. I joke with my fellow church members that since the Spirit of God reveals truth to man, I can take advantage to help me in my work as well. For me, my relationship with God is very personal. I feel he understands me. For me it is difficult to accept on faith things like miracles and revelations--these seem to me to be too subjective and based on feelings. Yet I cannot deny the feelings that I have had. These feelings are probably not as frequent in my life as they should be, but I remember them and I know that they mean something. I also have seen in several occations the added joy that the Gospel brings to people's lives. "By their fruits ye shall know them..." the fruits of the Mormon teachings are more righteous living, power to overcome faults, and happiness. I have seen lives bettered.

How I live my faith

The Mormon Church has adopted the Boy Scouts of America as part of their youth program for young boys. I am currently a volunteer Cub Scoutmaster. I enjoy having fun with my group of boys and helping them earn awards.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

In my profession in biophysics, I get to learn a lot about our bodies. Scientists are learning more and more about how our bodies work. In particular I have been learning about our brains. Many of the functions of life including some emotions are now being discovered as part of the brain. Things like anger, lust, logic, memory... that are so essential in what we call "me". Mormons believe that there is a part of us that does not go away with death. This is called the spirit. The spirit is the core of who we are as an individual. The spirit is the part of us that is a son/daughter of God. But without the body, the spirit is deprived of those functions that come from the body--no more sight, sound, or touch. Can we do math as a spirit? We know that the brain has a lot to do with it. Fortunately the separation of the body and the spirit (death) is temporary. We believe that we will all live again through the resurrection of Jesus. Show more Show less