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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a scientist, a father, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a typical Utah Mormon household. After finishing high school I moved to West Africa to serve in the LDS church for two years. Following my missionary service, I return to Utah where I completed a BSc and MSc in geology at Brigham Young University. During my studies, I had the opportunity to travel around the world, including several months living in the Himalayas of northern India. In 2013, I finished a doctorate degree in geology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. My wife and I currently live in Perth, Australia with our two sons where I am currently a research fellow at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. I love asking questions and finding answers. From the time I was a little boy I have always loved investigation through query and experiment. As a scientist, I use the scientific method to learn how the Earth's natural systems operate.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a similar reason that I am a scientist: trial and error and then more trials. In science, hypotheses are identified and tested using empirical (physical) evidence. If a hypothesis is invalid or not reproducible it is discarded. If a hypothesis cannot be disproved by the various tests I employ, it remains "un-disproved" and is perpetuated in scientific understanding. Following this procedure, I have developed a repertoire of scientific hypotheses to help me better understand how the natural world operates. In matters of faith, I use the same process to identify and test hypotheses to help me better understand how the spiritual world operates. However, instead of seeking for empirical evidence, I seek for spiritual and emotional evidence. The spiritual and emotional evidence I have found confirms to me that Mormonism is where I belong. I have a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides my family and I the tools to make our world a better place and to share the harmony that comes therefrom with the the human family.

How I live my faith

I seek to live my faith through following the teachings of Jesus Christ and his messengers. I try to develop greater empathy in a cynical world. For me, living my faith is a process by which I can find greater peace and harmony in the universe. I am not perfect and struggle everyday overcoming my attachments to the fleeting things of the natural world. I hope to share my love for my Savior with all that cross my path.