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Hi I'm David J Foster

I'm a Mormon. As if you didn't know that, considering I am here. But this is the most awesome and wonderful thing I know. Enjoy.

About Me

I am a single dad with two little girls (and a son, who my ex has custody of). I have a master's degree in physics. I teach math at Grand Canyon University. I live hot dry desert of Phoenix, Arizona. I much prefer this to the chilly weather of Idaho and Eastern Oregon (where I was born and the rest of my family lives). I enjoy science fiction, movies and games and am a hard-core nerd. Look me up on Google+. I draw and read in my spare time, when I am not trying to put together a home physics experiment. I am writing a book on Virtue, but that proceeds by leaps and lengthy pauses. Evolutionary psychology is one of my hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I won't say this is the easiest religion, but it is there is nothing else as profound, as subtle, as powerful. It is unique situated at the sweet spot between faith and science, with study being a religious duty. Instead of being encouraged to take things on blind faith, it is likewise a duty to learn things for ourselves - to have God teach us personally. It is the scientific method applied to religion. Not only do we have ancient Scripture, we have modern scripture. Even the very Glory of God is Intelligence. In all ways, we are to become like God. (though obviously, he prizes things like virtue and charity higher than unlimited power.... bummer, I know) We do not merely speak of the eternity after we die, but also the eternity before we were born. The Here-After is more fair and generous than we might believe. It is a glorious future that we are supposed to help build. We don't just get to sit on fluffy clouds - We are supposed to help build them! God wants us to participate as much as possible in His work. I think that is a glorious doctrine that makes deep demands of us.

How I live my faith

As a single dad, I don't have as much time as I wish I did. In times pasts I have taught children, taught the men, given talks in church and served as secretary in various groups. And of course, I home teach. That means I have a few families I check up on every month. It is a great way for us to help eachother, even on just the temporal level. And considering how much community familiarity has declined in recent decades, I think this is an increasingly important thing. And as a single dad, I spend a lot of time trying to take care of my two little girls. Family is one of the most important things there is. In studying the scriptures, I make a point to get into the scholarship of it all. There is no way to be a fundamentalist, and get dogmatic about too many things. Also, I serve (purely in my spare time) on the board of Mormon Transhumanist Association. (no affiliation with the Church). The idea is that technology is increasingly changing the way we live and it is going to change it even more in the future, faster and faster. We want to bring a religious perspective to what is otherwise a very secular topic.