Hi I'm Scott
I grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. I was the kid that would walk around the neighborhood and that everybody knew. I've had a independent personality since I was young. I guess that comes from growing up as the youngest of 8 kids in my family. I love music. I know how to play several instruments but I'm best at Violin and Piano. I also was in a children's chior for from age 4 until I was 18. I graduated from high school while at the same time graduating with an Associates Degree from a local University. I have traveled a lot and definetely have a love for traveling. I love to swim, snorkel, and scuba diving. I love to hike and go camping with friends and family. During high school I worked at a company that does Internet Marketing and SEO. I left my job and schooling for the space of 2 years to serve a mission in South Carolina. I am currently working on a Bachelors Degree in Internation Business.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the church, where my parents and church members taught me many precious values which have helped me out a lot. I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years old and I am very glad that I made such a wise decision. I knew that what I was taught was true and that the Book of Mormon and Bible are scripture from which we can recieve guidance and knowledge about what to do. It felt right. I was happy and could feel God's love for me. But their have come many other moments when I recieved stronger witnesses that this is the real deal. I can feel a great peace when I am at church. I feel more energy and excitement about life everytime I read the Book of Mormon and find an answer to a question that I have had in my mind. The Lord has answered my prayers when I ask Him for confirmations on what I learn. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I also know that He has restored His true church to the earth. So even though I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have definetely gained my own witness that this church is the one that Christ established. I know this from reading the Book of Mormon for myself and praying to God, asking if it what I am doing is correct.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
God has blessed each one of us with talents. I personally love music and can play several instruments. Piano and Violin are the ones I play best. As we develop are talents, God will give us opportunities to use them to bless others. I guess an experience that I have had is while I was learning to play the violin. My violin teacher was also a Mormon and loved to share her talents. She taught me a lot about how we can share our talents in a way that blesses others. About every 2-3 months, we would go over to a nearby assisted living home and play for the people living there. We would practice and get ready for it as we knew that we would be performing for them. The old people at the rest home loved it when we came over. They wouldn't care if we made any mistakes while we were playing, they just enjoyed listening to the music and having a change in their daily routine. I loved seeing the smiles on their faces as they came up afterwards and thanked us for coming over. I always felt good after leaving the rest home and I was glad that I had the opportunity to share with them my talents of playing the Violin. Each one of us has different talents. It is our job to use our talents, improve them, and share them to make the world a better place and bless the lives of others.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
When I make a right choice, I feel good about it. When I make a wrong choice, it nags at my consience until I make it better. Wrong choices make me feel heavier. I like to feel good, so the good feelings that God blesses me with when I do something right helps drive me to make correct decisions.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I love the Book of Mormon. Reading it has helped me to learn, strengthen me, and give me hope through the inpired words that it contains. Through reading, I continue to learn about my Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father as the Prophets teach about them and how they influenced the people here in the ancient Americas. We learn the true nature of God, His Plan of Happiness for us, and what He expects of us to be able to return to live with Him. I have recieved many answers to questions that I have through studying and reading. The Book of Mormon truly does contain the fullness of the Gospel and teaches it clearly so that I can have the faith to follow my Savior and feel of His love for me daily. I am very grateful for the Book of Mormon and how it has brought me closer to Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years old. I grew up in the church and was eager to be baptized just as the Savior had. When I was baptized, I didn't fully understand the importance of the promise that I was making nor the blessings that would come. I only knew that it was right and felt that I should. So I did. I don't remember my baptism really well, but I remember the warm of the water and the feeling of happiness and warmth of the Spirit. My father was able to baptize me (he held the proper authority) and it is a special experience that I share with him. My whole family was there, grandparents, a couple cousins, all there to support my decision. It truly was a special day. Now when I look back, I am very glad that I made such a wise decision at such a young age. The Lord has blessed and protected me since then. He has guided me to help keep me in the strait and narrow way.
How I live my faith
Currently, I am a serving as a full time missionary to hispanics. That means I go around teaching hispanics about Christ and invite them to come unto Christ through learning about and living His Gospel and teachings which He has restored to the earth today. That is what I am fully dedicated to, 24/7. I have left my family, friends, xbox, job, college, and mountains for the space of 2 years to be able to do this. Was it hard? Yes. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. I have gained such a great appreciation for faith in Christ in my life as I have seen it change the lives of those that I work with. Do I get turned away often? Yes, but I love it when those who are seeking to follow Christ listen to this message. I study the scriptures and try my best to live what I learn each day. They have been a great help in keeping the commandments and keeping my life happy. I'm continually working on learning to love as much as Christ loves each one of us. Service probably the biggest way that I try to share the love that God has shown towards me.