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Hi I'm Coleman

I'm a scientist and a father of six. I started a company to provide relief for global health needs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I failed out of high school and college and even spent some time in jail for regrettable actions. I made a living my first few years playing in a country music band. I played the base guitar and sang base vocals. When I turned 21, I changed my life and got baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A year later, I left on a two year mission to Brazil. When I got back, I didn't know what to do. I had no skills outside of music and missionary work. I just wanted to keep serving people in other countries the way I did on my mission. As I prayed about the options, I felt that researching cures to diseases could allow me to continue serving those in other countries. It was hard getting back into college with my background, but the work ethic learned on my mission led to a straight "A" average. I received scholarships and later a fellowship from the government that led me to work at Sandia National Laboratories and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. I completed my Ph.D. in bioengineering. I started a biotech company with some people I met while on fellowship. A few years later with an understanding of business and science, I was ready to start a company to serve the global health needs of the developing world. During this time, I also met my wife and had six wonderful children. Outside of work, church and family, I love fishing, chess, jogging, science fiction, foreign languages and playing musical instruments.

Why I am a Mormon

I think most people choose a religion based on ideas they like. Few take the time to stop and ask God what is right. As for me, I chose not to ask God even after the missionaries invited me to because 1) I wasn’t really sure that God was a real person that could have opinions about our life or share them with us and 2) I didn’t really want to know what was right. I would rather go on living life my way and not have to change anything. Unfortunately, my way led to a world of trouble. Ironically, it wasn’t the trouble that led me to pray and finally get an answer. It was the fact that I had everything I ever wanted and everything the world taught me would bring happiness, but I was completely miserable. Not only was I miserable, but I could see clearly that my actions were only making me more miserable and I did not know any way out of that cycle. I also wondered what I would do if I got to the end of my life and never understood the purpose of it, having wasted my whole life. Finally, my life got so bad that I realized I had to pray. When I did, I felt something I never had before. It was a mixture of peace, love and a feeling of what was right that pervaded my soul. It was like water after a drought or food after a famine. There was no doubting the source of it. Through the Holy Ghost, I heard the voice of the Savior. He gave me very personal instructions that I will never forget. Among them was the commission to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to serve a mission when the time came. I changed my life literally overnight. I was baptized within a week and served a mission to Brazil the following year. From that initial experience and many other tender moments like it, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For me, religion is not just a Sunday thing. It shapes every part of my life, from when I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night. It shapes everything from the littlest choices to the largest. It shapes my goals, directions and ambitions. It starts with daily scripture study and personal prayer. Through scriptures and prayer, I am able to feel the Holy Ghost every day. Each day, I feel its influence tug me and pull me in the direction I should go. Usually that is a very small thing, like giving my wife an extra hug, or maybe spending a little more time reading with one of my children. But occasionally it can be much more, like picking up and moving our entire family without knowing beforehand where we are going or why. Over the years, I have learned that the Lord does live. When He speaks, it is not a suggestion. No matter how small or insignificant his words may appear or how hard or challenging they may be, we and those around us are always better off following them. One year while I was in school, my wife and I had the spiritual prompting that she really needed to quit work and be home with the kids. We prayed to know what to do because we could not survive without an income. We were told to be faithful and that things would work out. When she quit her job, we did not know what to expect. But two weeks later, I received a call from the Department of Homeland Security telling me that I had won a fellowship that would pay for my schooling and give us a monthly stipend to live on. We were blessed for our obedience. It is important to note that not all blessings are financial. I have been blessed more through hardship than through privilege. Like a refiner’s fire, hard times have helped me to see what is truly important in my life and to reshape my way of thinking. Clearly, living my faith also includes Sunday worship and church service. With no paid ministry, each of us is expected to help in the Church when called upon to do so.