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Hi I'm Creighton Petty

I'm a biomedical engineer that loves to travel, learn about the world around me, and try new things. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am absolutely fascinated by science and mathematics. Yes it's nerdy, but it's true. I've got a long list of books I want to read that are all about relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. The more I learn about the way the universe works, the more astounded I am of how complex yet elegant it is. I recently finished a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and started a new job at a medical device company here in San Jose. I have been married for just over two years and even though I was terrified of marriage, it has been the best decision I have ever made! My wife and I like to explore around California, go hiking, try random things like acrylic painting or building model rockets, watch movies, or play various board games (again, nerdy, I know). We also love to travel. I have been back packing through Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and all across Europe. Our next trip is in the works and we've narrowed it down to Africa or Thailand. I also enjoy working out and sports. When ever I get the chance, I'm out playing frisbee with some friends or going on a run. I also like to play the piano, listen to alternative or classic rock, and build things.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel like there are a lot of things in life that are difficult to know for sure. We are constantly learning; disproving old theories, and replacing them with our next best guess based on the evidence we can gather. I think ultimately true religion and true science are the search for truth, just taking two different approaches. I think both approaches are very important to take. The most important Church teaching to me is God's plan for us. I feel like the LDS Church worships a God that works through this Universe to help us reach our greatest potential. We believe that God wants to help us be more like Him, but we need to make our own choices and gain knowledge and experience through those choices to grow. That is why God made this elegant universe; a place for us to have these experiences and make our own choices. God wants us to do our best with what we're given, learn from our mistakes, love and serve others, and make choices that bring us closer to His presence. He wants us to succeed. To me, this plan rings very true and helps me understand that even our struggles can be important learning opportunities. Understanding this plan helps me suspend judgement of others and shows that we truly are all equal. It makes me want to serve others. I have also had several experiences when I felt very close to God. My baptism was the strongest of these experiences I've had yet. I delayed my baptism for about a year because I wanted to make sure I understood what I was doing. When I decided to go through with it, I remember feeling the water and having an overpowering feeling of joy come over me. Ever since, I have tried to understand what happened that day. All I know, is that is it was very powerful, very loving, and very real. I knew I was taking a step that God wanted me to take. There are a lot of reasons I chose to be a Mormon and continue to actively participate. These are just a few of the things that come to mind.

How I live my faith

I currently have a few different voluntary positions I serve in for our Church. First, I serve as a natural disaster neighborhood check assistant captain which involves working with anyone and everyone in the neighborhood to set up a fast and efficient neighborhood check-and-report system in the event of a natural disaster. I also serve as the "Facilities Specialist with a focus in keys". In a nutshell, I am organizing all the keys to the building and making sure everyone that needs specific keys has them. I like to call myself the "Key Master" (for those of you that ever saw Ghostbusters!). Another Church service position I hold is overseeing some of the visits to member's homes to teach short spiritual lessons throughout the month. My wife and I also volunteer at the local Human Society and help prepare the cats for adoption. We just started there, but we already love it. I know guys aren't supposed to use the word "cute", but I don't know how else to describe them.