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Hi I'm Addison

I have lived in four states and four countries. I perform DNA research on mummies and bioengineering with bacteria. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior microbiology student at Brigham Young University and I am currently interviewing at medical schools across the country. I work in two research labs. In the first, I perform DNA analysis on trout and Egyptian mummy samples. The other is a student run project where we are working to help detect cancer using bacteria. This project recently received a gold medal at a regional competition and will be competing at the world finals in a few weeks. I work as the head teaching assistant for a biology course with 540 students. In my free time, I write and record music, both of my composing and cover versions of popular songs. I am married to Abby, who I met in London on a study-abroad trip. She is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church to two parents who had strong testimonies. Both provided me with examples of how to overcome tragedy and turmoil with faith in Jesus Christ. When crisis would hit, both would turn to prayer and both would encourage me to place my hope in God. As a result, I have witnessed hundreds of miracles, both small and large, over the course of my life. I chose to follow my father's example and serve a mission. I was called to work in the Dominican Republic Santiago mission. Though I had read and prayed about the Book of Mormon before, I decided to do so with a more serious attitude than I ever had before. One night, in a dark room, I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true scripture and if Joseph Smith was really his prophet. Only when I invested all the effort I could muster into my prayer did I receive my answer. It hit me with such an impact, with such a glorious and powerful peace, that to this day, when doubt or strife arises, I can recall that evening and remember: I know that this is true. I could not deny it that night. I knew that if my mind was capable of fabricating such a peace and such joy, I would do so more often. It was an answer from God. Every aspect of my life is positively touched by my faith. I have faced down difficult anxiety as I relied on the Savior's Atonement. I have found camaraderie with other members of the Church who have reached out and befriended me. Most importantly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ allows for my family to continue even beyond the grave. By virtue of my marriage to my wife in the Temple of the Lord, our relationship can be eternal. I am a Mormon because it brings me peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking opportunities to serve. As a Christian, I try to emulate the example set for us by our Savior in helping others. When I set out on my mission, I was plagued with anxieties. Through prayer, I decided that I would focus on serving those around me as opposed to my own fears. This dedication proved to be a miraculous recovery for me. My life was soon focused on uplifting others and as a result, I was uplifted myself. I currently am the mission leader in the ward I attend. I work to help those who want to learn more about our faith to find answers. I also help organize activities for ward members and investigators to come and have fun together. I also recently served for around 8 months as a volunteer Spanish medical interpreter. As a Mormon, family takes center place in my life. My wife and I do everything that we can together and we keep our extended family close.