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Hi I'm Scott

I'm an IT professional who's interested in philosophy and literature. I also enjoy games of all kinds. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the early 1980s in the United States, and have since lived in Mexico, Argentina, and Senegal. I work as a computer network engineer, and I enjoy comparative literature, including African, French, Hispanic, and of course British and American literature. Sci-fi, Fantasy, and dystopian literature are among my favorites, too. If I could, I would spend significant time outside the U. S. each year, studying literature, languages, philosophy, and people. I also enjoy civil discussions about religion - with family, friends, and co-workers, as well as online. The outdoors, the night sky, music, art, words, and physics are a few of the things that fascinate me. And all of these lead me to believe in a creative, caring, powerful, wise Creator. In short, I'm a mellow guy who loves his family, is on the lookout for adventure, and is tremendously curious about nearly everything. I'm trying to learn to love God and my neighbor better - too often, I find that I forget that that's where true happiness and peace are to be found.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be raised in a Latter-day Saint home, learning the basic teachings of the church, including the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all creation & the centrality of the family to this life. As with everyone sooner or later, I've had to find out for myself if my beliefs and lifestyle were true and good. I have come face to face with worldviews contrary to mine, from the claim that science negates other means of knowledge, to the assertions that one of the traditional branches of Christianity is God's church, to the concept that right and wrong change with each person or each situation, etc. Through prolonged soul searching, much study, and a lot of thought and action and prayer, I have concluded that (not to diminish the truths found in other traditions) Mormonism has truths that can't be found elsewhere, from the Book of Mormon to the temple to restored priesthood to personal revelation. I've also concluded that this is where God wants me to be. My commitment to my church can be broken down into 3 main categories: 1. Experience. Certain events, including personal, piercing answers to my prayers, have confirmed to me that God lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His authorized church on the earth. 2. Logic. While I'm not as conversant in other traditions (religious and otherwise) as I would like to be, I have found that Mormonism allows for the truths they contain, while discarding any erroneous ideas that they present. I continuously analyze the data as I study these traditions, and I just as continuously find that although Mormonism is a young tradition (by some standards; by others, we believe it is eternal), it has the best answers to life's great questions, and makes the most sense of life's challenges. 3. Faith. This is not just belief, but trust that leads to action. There are some things that I indeed know to be true about the church; others I believe to be true, and such beliefs and knowledge guide my lifestyle.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite quotes is by Brigham Young, second president of our church: "It is our duty and calling, as ministers of the same salvation and Gospel, to gather every item of truth and reject every error. Whether a truth be found with professed infidels, or with the Universalists, or the Church of Rome, or the Methodists, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Quakers, the Shakers, or any other of the various and numerous different sects and parties, all of whom have more or less truth, it is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their Elder Brother, being at their head) to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach, … to the sciences, and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and bring it to Zion" (Discourses of Brigham Young, 248). This has led me to a tremendous interest in and respect for traditions outside my own, resulting in meaningful interaction with their adherents including Catholics, Evangelicals, Anglicans, Orthodox Christians, Messianic Jews, Muslims, former Mormons, and others. When illuminated by the teachings of those who we Mormons believe to be living prophets and apostles of God, such exchanges have provided profound insights into my Heavenly Father and my Savior, and my relationship with Them. The First Presidency's "Statement Regarding God's Love for All Mankind" from June 15, 1978 has had similar effects on me.