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Hi I'm Scott

That's me in the back with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 50, married to a wonderful wife, and the father of four awesome children. I work at a community mental health center in managed care and compliance, though I have my degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and have also been a therapist. We live in a beautiful rural area, full of trees and lakes and not too far from the coast. Though we love the outdoors, my wife and I have agreed that we're homebodies at heart. I can't think of anything that I do or am that's too amazing, probably just a typical guy getting through life trying to do the best he can. We seem to be busy raising kids, my oldest son has completed an LDS mission to the Philippines and was just recently married in the Oakland Temple to a wonderful girl he met on his mission; my younger son is a sports junkie in the gifted and talented program; my oldest daughter was also recently married and living in Louisiana with her pilot husband; my youngest daughter, age 8, is a redhead with an attitude, but manages to have her ol' man wrapped around her finger. Those four have kept us hopping, that's for sure. It's a good thing I have the love of my life at my side, bless her heart. I really won the jackpot with her and am grateful that I somehow fooled her into marrying me. I know that my family means everything to me and the Lord has truly blessed me to have them.

Why I am a Mormon

I must say that I'm a common sense type of guy, I look for the simple, logical explanation as opposed to the unlikely, convoluted rationale. That's what really attracted me to this faith. It just makes sense. We have a loving Heavenly Father who wants his children to grow and have the most potential as possible. What parent can't relate to that? It starts off with free-choice and opportunities to improve ourselves and strive for potentials, knowing that we'll make mistakes and then providing a way to overcome those mistakes, which helps us to grow and progress. The plan is centered on Jesus Christ, who through His love for us, came to this earth, lived a perfect life, and then died for us, atoning for all our mistakes. Everyone has a chance, no matter when or where they lived. And what I really like: through the Lord's priesthood authority, our families can be together forever - death cannot permanently separate us. Wow, that's so basic, yet so important.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon does keep you busy. It's definitely not a "only on a Sunday" faith, but one that last 7 days a week. Not only do we go to church on Sunday for Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and Priesthood/Relief Society, but there's typically other meetings as well. We don't have a paid ministry, but rely on each other. While Mormons are known for being well organized, it's all done by volunteers. Many of us are in leadership or service positions - we do a lot of service. We try and help in the community and help others. At home, we have family prayers, scripture reading and try to spend time together. Personally, I try and be a disciple of Jesus Christ - His teachings and the Gospel, coupled with the Holy Ghost, can definitely bring enlightenment and a sense of peace. With that, you tend to look at things differently, you see things in a "bigger picture" - an eternal perspective. You recognize what's important and know there are greater things in store. You can't help but be optimistic, despite the troubles of the world.