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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in California and I am the third of six children. I love to laugh, smile, play and I love being a Mormon!

About Me

I am an Undergraduate majoring in Nutritional Science en route to becoming a Pediatric Cardiologist. I love music though I am not very good at making it myself, competition, laughing, and just having a great time. I enjoy making other people laugh especially when it brightens their day.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, my family already belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even though I grew up believing the things I was taught in the church, I had to find out for myself if it was what I truly wanted for myself. Through my experiences I have found that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way to find happiness in our lives. I continue as Mormon because I have felt by the Holy Ghost that this is where my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I am happier when I live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught in the church. I feel that the problems and challenges I face in my life are but a small stepping stone when I try to do the things I know our Heavenly Father wants me to do. I will continue as a Mormon because I know that it is the path that Christ established for us to return to His presence.

How I live my faith

There are so many ways in which we can live our faith. I live my faith by studying the words of the Lord as written by the prophets in the scriptures, and by praying regularly. I also seek to live my faith by trying to be as Christ-like as possible. As I Christian I try to follow the teachings of the scriptures by helping to bear the burdens of those with whom I associate. I love to help those around me in any way that I possibly can. I try to live according to a quotation that I read which says "I shall pass this way but once any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." I feel that living my life as closely as possible to the Savior is the best way to live my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

A mission is not a requirement given to all members of the church. It is considered a duty for the young men of the church to serve a mission but it is a choice for the young women to do so. Older married couples are also given the opportunity to serve a mission if they desire. All members are strongly encouraged to help in the church's missionary effort. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe that God called prophets in ancient times and that he spoke through them. We believe that many of the teachings of these prophets are recorded in the Bible and as a collection of writings from prophets of God, we believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture and is very much so the word of God as long as it has been translated correctly. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

As members of the church we strive to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and he taught that we should love our neighbor as we love outselves. To follow this teaching, members are constantly involved throughout their communities to help those around them. The church is active in humanitarian aid and church members strive to live their lives in the service of everyone around them because we believe that when we are in the service of our fellow man, we are in the service of our God. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are absolutely NO restrictions based on race or color concerning who can become a member of the church. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and He loves us and knows each one of us individually. As our father He offers the same blessing to every one of his children because he is no respecter of persons which means he does not favor anybody over another.  Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

In James 15 in the New Testament we can read that "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." What greater way to learn the truth than to go to the One who gives it. God is our Heavenly Father and as such he wants us to know the truth of all things. He has promised that if we will come to him in prayer with an honest desire to know the truth, he will give us the answer. We must remember though, that God knows the desires of our heart and mind and that He will give us an answer when he knows we are ready. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Although the majority of church members hold a conservative point of view, the church does not endorse political parties. In fact, the only time the church will take an active role in a political issue is when it involves a moral issue. Other than that the church encourages the members to be informed citizens and to participate in the political process. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

The scriptures teach us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that he will not change. In Bible times, God called men like Moses to preach the gospel and to lead his people. We believe that God has once again established His church and has called a prophet in our day who has received the same responsibilities as the prophets of old. God's current prophet is Thomas Spencer Monson and he serves as the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that this man truly is guided by God and that through him, we can know God's will for us.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

By definition, a christian is a follower of Christ and His teachings. When someone refers to a Mormon, they are in fact referring to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that this is in fact Jesus Christ's church and that he guides His church today. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world. He is our Lord and Master but He is also our friend. The Book of Mormon proclaims our belief in Christ by saying "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

This is a common misunderstanding that many have about the church. As members of the church we have a lot of respect for Joseph Smith and the work he did. We believe that he was called as a prophet of God much like Moses and the the prophets of the Bible. However, we do not worship Joseph Smith just as we do not worship Moses and the other prophets God has called to his work. Show more Show less