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I am an engineer, a father of three, and a devourer of ideas. The process of creation, whether it is bringing into being something entirely new or seeing something in a new and interesting way has always fascinated me. Consequently, I inhale books. It may be a fantasy novel or perhaps a treatise on economic theory. My politics is libertarian, my prose is convoluted, and my religion is obvious.
I am afraid that I do not have one of those shocking, charismatic conversion stories that draw people in with fascination. My parents were Mormon. So were the parents of my parents. But that explains why I WAS Mormon, not why I AM. I am Mormon because it lies at the intersection of what I think and what I feel. Mormonism does not ask you to deny your mind and ignore the evidence of your senses. Instead it gives a framework in which to place the observations and beauties of this world, the wonders of the moments and the passing of the seasons. I am always disappointed how many people stop learning, whether about science or grace, when an adult. Is it reasonable to think that there is nothing to learn about Chemistry beyond what is taught in High School? Then why do so many people believe that there is nothing to learn about religion beyond what is taught in Sunday School?
I often wonder what my relationship with the Lord would be like without the Book of Mormon. I know that there is a God, and I am certain that I could have found some way to worship Him without the Book of Mormon to guide me. On the other hand, the Book of Mormon has introduced Him to me directly. It has taken the mysterious and made it both more familiar and more spectacular.
My faith is part of who I am. My actions, my principles, my words, and my thoughts are all affected strongly by the things that I have felt and experienced. Micah states that we need three qualities above all: Justice, Mercy and Humility. While I not perfect in any of these areas, I continuously working to come closer to the example that the Savior left for me.