Hi I'm Scott Gandolph Jr.
I am 20 Years old and I am serving a mission for this Church in The Utah Provo Mission. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers and two wonderful parents. My hobbies include working at the family restruant Gandolfo's Deli, playing and watching sports and just being outdoors. I am looking forward after my mission to studying at college in Utah and to get an Accounting Degree.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so the blessings of the gospel were always available to me. It was not until I was about 17 years old that I really delved into what the Lord had in store for me. I prayed and seeked to strengthen my testimony. I felt this was right for me after I gained a witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that it was true. I am happier than I have ever been in my entire life. I love the gospel and I love the Lord.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Growing up in the church you base your belief in the doctrine by how strong your parents are in the church. When I really wanted to know as a teenager if Joseph was a prophet I took the challenge the same way he did. I read the scriptures and lacked wisdom so I prayed to know the truth. I did not receive a heavenly manifestation but I came to know it is true and that he was a prophet of God because of the feelings of the spirit.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
Our prophet today spoke about our testimonies and how they influence others to have a mighty change of heart. I am able with my friends and just people who I come into contact with share my love of Jesus Christ and this church. Our actions speak louder than words so my example helps also.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
I have not been a perfect person in my life and I will be the first now to admit my faults. I have struggled with a bit of pride and trying to show off. But I know that my prayers are answered by God in his own ways and time because I have felt of the promptings of the Holy Ghost. As inadequate or small as I may feel in the eternal perspective of things I know he hears my prayers and answers them.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Growing up I always had a desire to go to church and to come closer to God and to Jesus Christ. When I was older I really sought for the purpose or reason for why I am going. I realized that my family was more unified and loving and I knew the gospel was the reason. I love this Church.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
It is a commandment from God to do so. His gospel will be proclaimed ordinary men and women. It is taught two by two also. I love serving the Lord. It is a tremendous blessing.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Out on my mission and teaching people about the Church and Jesus Christ I am able to talk about how important the Book of Mormon is. It is amazing to see how the people grasp the principle that if they want to talk to God they need to pray and in order to hear back clear answers they need to read the scriptures. Oh how true that is that the Book of Mormon is for all of us in these latter days. I know this Book to be true and testify of it. The way I came closer to God the most is by feasting upon its words.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
When I was little prayers were very repetitive in the fact that I said a lot of things the same every time. As I matured prayer played an even more important role in my life because I was able to understand that no matter how small I may feel in life today God loves me and will hear and answer my prayers.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior taught very powerfully that the doctrine that he taught pierced the people to the very soul. When he asked questions he asked thought provoking and soul-searching ones. He was blessed to discern the peoples thoughts but he himself desired for the people to learn and teach themselves. That in itself taught me the most.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
On a mission I have learned a lot about talents and gifts and how they can influence others for good. I have been blessed with certain talents and weaknesses that help define me as a person. Through those talents I have helped others and because I know my struggles I look to others talents and gifts to help lift me. The Lord truly plays a part in all of our lives to help one another out.
How I live my faith
I come from a smaller town in North Carolina. Our church is very united as a whole and we get along very well. I was able before I came out onto my mission to teach the 5 year old children about the church. Christ's Ministry in the New Testament is true when he asked the little children to come unto him and forbid them not. They are innocent and emulate our Savior. I learned so much from these kids. Along with that I read my scriptures and pray daily trying to pattern my life in a good way.