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Hi I'm Scot

I'm studying to be a programmer of engineering software, but my most important role is that of husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm starting graduate computer science studies after I finish my Bachelor's in mechanical engineering, mainly because I really enjoy programming design software. I want to get into the field of mechanical CAD, which is software that allows a designer to fully model a product and all of its properties in 3D before actually prototyping anything. I've been married for three years now and I have one two-year-old son and another child on the way. My family is the most important thing in my life. I love the relationship me and my wife have, and I love helping to raise my kid. I know that regardless of what career I have, the most important work I can do in this life is to raise my children the best I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. My mom and dad have also been staunch believers their whole lives as well. At the same time, I have my own personal conversion story. Trying to live like Christ lived is too hard for someone to just do it out of habit or tradition. Truly becoming a follower of Christ always requires personal commitment, regardless of religion. I have found that this church helps me become closer to Christ. When I am following the words of the prophets, I feel happy. I feel the Holy Ghost giving me guidance and direction in my life decisions. I am able to be more patient with my son, more attentive to my wife, and less self-centered. In short, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helps me to be the best version of myself possible, which is exactly what I feel God wants from me.

How I live my faith

The first manifestation of my faith would be how I treat my family. I believe my son is a child of God on loan from Him to my care. I believe that my wife and I will be married forever, and will eventually rise to inherit all the Father has. Since our family will continue forever, we might as well like being with each other, right? That's my first priority, the happiness of my family. We're not perfect, and I am by no means the perfect husband and father, but as I strive to become better and repent through Jesus Christ's Atonement I feel the Holy Ghost supporting me.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Scot
Really, it's spiritual experiences. When I feel His Holy Spirit, I feel happier, more peaceful, and I know that God exists and that it's not just all in my head. There's no confusion or doubt anymore. I feel His Spirit when I do the things He's asked me to do, and especially in prayer. Sometimes a long time passes between really powerful spiritual experiences, but every day it's possible for me to feel a little if I'm living right. When I'm not keeping all the commandments, I have doubts about God's existence sometimes, I'll admit it. But something will happen, and I'll turn back to God in prayer for help. At that time, all those doubts are erased and I know once again that I have a Father in heaven. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Scot
Faith is sometimes a difficult thing to nail down. The scriptures tell us it's hope for things that are not seen but are true. To me that means that faith is believing that something will happen when you do something, whatever that is. You have faith that when you turn on a computer that it will work, for example. You don't have any guarantee that it'll work, but you believe that it will, which is why you push the button. In a somewhat similar way, we do the things God asks us to do because we believe in the outcomes. We believe that God really does exist, and that He'll bless us for following his commandments. It's pretty related to hope and trust. Basically we hope that it's true and trust God to deliver on His promises. Our faith is strengthened when God delivers, as He always does. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Scot
The church is a volunteer organization, so it's run off donations. God has asked us to donate one-tenth of our income to the church so we can print books, build churches, support missionaries, run welfare programs, and administrate this massive international church. It's a personal thing, there's no collection plate or people stopping by asking for money. It's between you and God. Personally, I know that if I give back to God, He'll take care of me and things will work out money-wise for me. In my family we've never been rich, but we've always paid our tithing(that one-tenth) and we've always had enough. Even when my dad got fired, we were fine. I'm grateful that I can be so directly involved in so many ways in the progress of God's work. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Scot
The authority the church talks about here is the power of God. Humans cannot just forgive somebody's sins. We just don't have that ability. We don't have the ability to wash a soul clean just by dunking them in water or sprinkling and saying some words. You need the power of God to do so, and the priesthood is that power. God has established the priesthood as the way for people to be baptised on the earth. It's always been that way, if you read the Bible (Matthew 10:1, Acts 8). It'd be nice if we could do it without the priesthood I guess, but the fact is that you simply can't. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Scot
Frankly, all I can say is people know the truth when they hear it. We claim that God came down and organized a church, and this is it. That's a very bold statement, isn't it? It's either true or completely false. And it comes with a guarantee: ask, and ye shall receive. If you want to know if that statement is really true or not, just ask God and He'll tell you. Sincere people ask. They get their answer, and they join the church. It's as simple as that. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Scot
There's a couple reasons for that. One is that God told us to. Missionaries are one of His main methods of reaching as many people as possible with His message. The other is that the way to get to heaven is through God's gospel. Every single person is a child of God. We've been sent here to grow and learn in a very imperfect environment. At some point along the way every one of us will sin and become unclean. Only people who are clean from sin can live with God again. Through Jesus Christ, we can be cleansed from sin by following His gospel. That gospel is to believe on Him, repent, be baptised by His authority, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by that same authority, and endure to the end in trying to follow His commandments. In order so that His children can return to Him again after this life, God has estlabished a church whereby we can be baptised by proper authority and follow His true commandments. We want everyone to have the chance to return home with us to God. Anything less than our full efforts would be selfish. God could just appear to everyone in a vision and command them to follow Him. He could do this work much more effectively then the missionaries ever could. However, that would defeat the purpose of this life. He wants our growth, and the process of proselyting and the process of investigating the church contribute to that growth. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Scot
I personally don't understand why anyone outside of extreme circumstances like rape would want an abortion anyways. Granted, I'm male, so maybe I just don't understand. But even if you can't take care of the baby, there are so many couples just waiting to adopt, who want children and can't. You're also taking away the life and future of something alive, even if you argue that the baby isn't sentient yet when you abort it. You're killing something entirely for your own convenience. I wouldn't be comfortable doing that. So yes, in our church we don't support abortion. If you don't want to have a child, make sure you just don't get pregnant in the first place. Take responsibility. If that means abstinence, exercise some self-control. I know personally several women who have had abortions, and they all regret it deeply. It's not worth it. Show more Show less