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Hi I'm Russ

I am a husband. I am a father. I am a mathematician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a classic nerd. I love science fiction and fantasy. I grew up in a small town in Utah and went on a mission to Chicago for two years after I graduated from high school. The experiences I had on my mission made me the person I am today. In particular, my mission had a great influence on my choice of mathematics as a major for college. I have been studying math ever since. I met my wife when I agreed to help her with her calculus. She supported me through graduate school and I came out of it with a PhD and a little boy. I am now doing postdoctoral work at Michigan State.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my family has been in the church for several generations, I started out being a Mormon because of family tradition. But at some point you have to find your own reasons to stay in the church. As a mathematician, I prefer to look at things like this logically. First of all, it is clear to me that God exists. The beauty and complexity and symmetry in this universe imply the existence of a Creator. I believe that Heavenly Father has a plan for His creations, and especially for His children. There are many different opinions in the world today about what that plan is. It seems clear to me that Heavenly Father would not just leave the administration of His plan up to the best guesses of mankind. The God who created this universe would make sure that the plan was implemented in an orderly way and through a properly authorized church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints is that church that has direct claim on authotrity from the Creator to administer His plan. Through constant modern revelation, the Church understands the plan and what we need to do to fulfill it. Joseph Smith received his authority from the same apostles that Jesus Christ gave authority when He established His original church. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I find a plan worthy of the Creator of this universe and the authority to administer the ordinances and covenants required by that plan.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ isn't easy, but it was never supposed to be. Many of the jobs that we're asked to do are demanding, but they are more than equally rewarding. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Sunday school teacher for children, and I've served in the leadership for my congregation, among other things. Right now I'm teaching kids again, and it's a challenge to keep their attention. Each calling comes with it's own unique challenges and rewards. Besides the calling that all members are given, there are things expected of everyone, such as visiting other members, attending the temple and researching our family history. All of these duties are part of the sacrifice that is required of disciples of Jesus Christ.