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Hi I'm Jesse

I believe true Science and true Religion are 100% compatible -- and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just watched a TED talk by Richard Dawkins, an Oxford professor of Biology and avid atheist. For such a smart man his logic struck me as weak and non-scientific. He assumes that science and religion must necessarily conflict. The doctrines of the Mormon church lead me to conclude otherwise: 1. Universal Truth exists. Universal Truth includes whatever the means were by which everything came into being. However such things happened, they happened. The methods of both science and religion should eventually lead us to the same answers. 2. Universal Truth is self-consistent. Mormons express this concept with the words, "all truth can be circumscribed into one great whole." In other words, any two truths will be mutually consistent and cannot conflict. Thus, True Science and True Religion must be compatible - independent of Man. If there is a conflict, one or both sides are not seeing it clearly. 3. God exists and knows and applies Universal Truth. God is not some magical nebulous being creating worlds out of nothing; He is in one sense a Master Scientist - a builder of galaxies by applying Universal Truths to pre-existent matter. I have a vivid memory of the final moments of an event that occurred to me when I was about 12 months old. My memory begins at what was apparently the the end of some kind of heavenly manifestation. Given that experience, no scientist, however smart and witty he may be, will ever convince me that Science holds ALL the answers.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I Became a Mormon: I came from two long lines of Presbyterian ministers. My grandmother started a Baptist congregation after experiencing some kind of spiritual manifestation. My father, who became a rocket scientist, was an incredibly intelligent design engineer who worked circles around his peers. He believed in God. We attended the local Baptist Church until my father became offended by a visiting minister's preaching. Two months later, the Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. Those missionaries brought a spirit into our home that we had never experienced before. I remember standing often at the screen door as they left, basking in the warmth of the love they brought with them. It was that spirit and love that prompted me to launch out of my chair at age 8 when the missionaries asked my family if we would join the LDS Church. I begged my parents, "Say 'YES!' Mom; say 'Yes' Dad!" Even at such a young age, I knew they had something that our family desperately needed. As it turns out, I was right. Some Reasons Why I'm Still A Mormon (not in any particular order): - Mormon doctrines allow me to reconcile the apparent conflicts between modern science and traditional Christian religion. They give me a framework that allows me to remain open minded on many normally troubling issues. - The direction I receive from God through prayer always seems to work out for the best. - The joy and peace I have often felt while serving in the LDS temples. - I have seen my own children miraculously healed by the power of God delegated to Man. - Yes, I see some members of our church do or say things unbecoming of their moniker, "Latter-Day Saints", but what religion doesn't have such people in it? The doctrines bring peace and clarity, the fallible members notwithstanding. - I believe God has restored His Son's church with its doctrines long since altered or forgotten by man. - I remain a Mormon because I see in this church a pathway to all truth.

How I live my faith

The LDS faith teaches me, and I believe with all my heart, that we can obey Christ's directive to "be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." We believe in the perfectibility of man. Therefore, many a Mormon strives to improve themselves over time - to root out selfishness, unkindness, pride and jealousy. This is not particularly easy, especially if we are blind to our own faults. We believe that Christ suffered and died for our sins and shortcomings, and we gladly accept his grace and assistance in that regard. The Mormon church is essentially a religious cooperative - everyone shares in the responsibilities. I serve as the secretary of what could be referred to as the older mens auxiliary. I keep minutes of our business meetings, keep the attendance, and participate in the service projects we do for the poor and the widows in our area. In the past, I have taken a turn at handling all the finances of our congregation; I have taught Sunday School classes, tended children in the nursery, and washed many windows and vacuumed many a carpet. This Church teaches us what is clearly lacking in American society today -- personal responsibility. In my mind, I do not give the responsibility over to a minister for my personal salvation or my relationship to God, I take that responsibility seriously, depending on the Lord's merciful atonement. This perspective has saved my marriage on at least two occasions when things got rough. Because we both believed that the problem was within us individually, my sweet wife and I could stop blaming each other and sit down and work through our issues until we achieved the peace that comes through accepting the truth about our disagreements. I live my faith by continually trying to seek to understand and do God's will for me. I accept Christ's atonement for my sins and look forward to the day when I will embrace Him and feel his overflowing love cleanse the sores of mortality from my heart.