The Logical Mormon
While I consider myself to be a logical Mormon, I am definitely not the only one. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has a rich history of well-educated and devout members. In fact many past and present members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles (the governing body of the Church second only to the President) have been renowned in their secular fields prior to being called as Apostles.
So, I’m really trying more to give a voice to like-minded logical Mormons, and perhaps add something interesting to the broader religious discourse in this country. The logic of the doctrine of the LDS Church is unique among Christian religions and has a great potential to challenge assumptions and stereotypes on both ends of the religious-secular spectrum. More importantly, it is a bridge across a civil divide. We aim to widen the bridge and narrow the gap.
Ultimately, the goal is the pursuit of knowledge of all types. The best way to pursue knowledge is through collaboration. Please engage in the conversation.
I grew up in St. George, Utah, a fast-growing small town in the southwest corner of the state. All of my family for several generations back have been members of the church. Both my parents and my maternal grandparents were college educated. Education was second in importance only to Church activity.
I attended MIT for one year before taking a leave of absence to serve a two year mission for the church in Hokkaido, Japan. During my remaining time at MIT, I met and got to know my wife. She was a local to Massachusetts, which is why we decided to stay here. She is a tenured university professor. She is not a Mormon.
We now live in Peabody, MA with our two sons. I work in IT and write a few hours a week, at best.