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Hi I'm Ron Harris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mormon Scientist. Geological Processes are my focus and Earth is my laboratory. I conduct research and teach at a major university. Most of my research addresses questions about mountain building processes, which takes me to some of Earth's most remote places. I have projects in the Himalaya, Indonesia, Taiwan, Tibet, Turkey, Alaska, Rocky Mountains and NW Australia. I also value wilderness experiences and outdoor recreation, such as climbing up mountains and skiing and biking down them. My wife of 32 years is a professional archeologist. We have four boys and four grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I sense a part of me and others, and in nature, somethings that cannot be measured and defies our best descriptive methods. We call it spirit because it is something we feel, but cannot see or sense with even our best instruments. Acknowledging this reality, that there is something beyond our reach to describe adequately, was an important step for me as a young man. However, I was turned off by most religious organizations. I saw form, but little to no force. I saw religion as a business and way to justify discrimination. The Mormon church suits me because there is no paid clergy, there are abundant opportunities to serve and everyone is valued. These observations prompted me to read the book of Mormon. Even though I approached it like everything I read, with skepticism, eventually that feeling I mentioned expanded within me and I knew that the principles it teaches are true. These spiritual feelings are undeniable and have led me through the thick and thin of my life.

How I live my faith

The scriptures teach that God has no favorites, that all are alike to him. They also teach that it rains on those who believe and those who don't. My faith in God will not protect me from difficult things in life, hardships, pain or disappointments. However, my faith in God helps me make sense of it, that the purpose of this life is to grow in love, virtue, modesty (including modest consumption), humility and endurance. My prayers are full of thanks, expressions of hope, that I can see others as God does and go out of my way to do something for someone else everyday.