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Hi I'm Lee

I'm a bioinformatician, science fiction writer, and a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend most of my day teaching computer science classes and writing software. At home, I love spending time with my wife, playing with our children; and teaching them about science, technology, and the Gospel. I also love to write. As Gerald Lund once said, "I write because I love to teach. Writing is just another form of teaching, but with a much bigger and more diverse class."

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I knew that what I wanted most out of life was a strong family rooted in Christ. The comfort and security I saw in the families of those friends who had those blessings stood out in sharp contrast to my own experiences. I visited many churches, trying to find what I was looking for, but I always came away with more questions than before. None of them felt exactly right for me. When a friend of mine first introduced me to a pair of mormon missionaries, I had a hard time taking them seriously. They talked about angels and visions and prophets, things that were initially hard for me to believe. I listened to them, but didn't really follow through on their invitations. Then one day, they taught me how families were central to God's plan of happiness. At that point, I began to take them more seriously. I read the book they'd given me, The Book of Mormon. I followed through on their invitations to pray about the truthfulness of that book and about the prophet Joseph Smith who translated it by the power of God. I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truthfulness of their words, and I gratefully accepted their invitation to be baptized and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A few years later, I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary, helping to teach others about the blessings of the Gospel I had come to love. I wish I could say that from that moment on, I lived perfectly, that I was a model of Christlike behavior, and never slipped or stumbled. But, like all mortals, I make mistakes every day. Thankfully, God provided a savior, his son Jesus Christ, to make up for my weaknesses. At the end of each day, I kneel and give thanks for the blessing of the Gospel in my life. It is the foundation of all I strive to do. It is the rock upon which my wife and I have strived to build our family.

How I live my faith

In our church, I spend a lot of time working with young adults and children. That work has ranged from teaching youth Sunday School lessons, to teaching music to children. I've also served as a Bishop, or congregational leader. I am blessed that I get to work with young adults as part of my day job as a university professor, helping them as they make the important (and challenging) transition from childhood to adulthood.