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Hi I'm Scott Berkheimer

I am a total nerd. I love being social. I live what I believe; and I'm a mormon :D

About Me

I was a student at BYU and work-aholic. It's a gift and a curse. I always try to make time for fun though, cuz what's life without laughter?! Hmmm, my favorite things to do are hang out with friends or play soccer, frisbee, or just about any other active sport. I'm also a music addict...whether it be playing it or just chilling and listening to my favorite bands. As far as school goes, I'm going into chemical engineering right now, but we'll see what happens. I don't like to rush into anything unless I know I'm doing it for the right reasons, so I'm looking into it a bit right now. Right now I'm on a mission for the Church. It's soooo much fun! Pennsylvania is a little different from California (or a lot, haha), but I absolutely love it! Nothing beats seeing the joy and understanding the teachings of Christ's restored church brings to lives! Aaaannnd yeah, that's me in a nutshell I guess.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it's so awesome! It brings me freedom from so many of the dangers in the world, and I love the support and strength that the church, its programs, and its people provide me with. Also, this church is the only church that has all the teachings, organization, and authority that Christ established in His original church! That's important to me because through the vehicle of such a church, I can receive everything I need to be truly happy and be saved. Every church teaches a different way to follow God, and be saved, but in my mind there should be one way that's right for everyone, and it brings me so much peace to know that I've found the right one! How do I know this? I have learned for myself through practice, study, and prayer that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church, is Christ's one true church on the earth today. I am the kind of person where it has to be real...not a fan of blind faith at all. Something as important as my belief in God and how he wants us to live has eternal consequences, I can't take that lightly! So I went to God and the scriptures to find out if this church is true as well. And through the numerous powerful, personal, and undeniable witnesses I have received, I found out that it is!! And the blessings I've experienced from that knowledge are, likewise, very real.

How I live my faith

Well, I'm serving a 2-year mission right now for the Lord...so that's kinda a big part of how I live my faith. My parents and I saved up a LOT so that I could pay to come out here and devote all my time to serving God and others. It's suh-weet! I also do my best to follow the teachings of Christ and the prophets. That means I try my best to learn of Christ and those teachings and develop a relationship with my God through daily prayer, scripture study, and weekly church attendance. I would say the biggest way I live my faith, though, is through just being a good Christian. I try my very best not to ever go through the motions, but to rather let my love and gratitude for God and others drive my actions. I've found that the Lord can make more of me than I ever could make of myself, and that by allowing Him to do so that I find so much more fulfillment and real happiness in life.

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

Scott Berkheimer
Everything in nature tells me that there is a God. The universe is so ordered, so perfectly in harmony. If you really study our wonderful little planet, you'll learn that it is so amazingly unique to be able to sustain life, that there is just no way the earth and its inhabitants were merely created by chance. The most important reason I know there is a God, though, is because I have felt his presence in my life. Through prayer, I have built a relationship with him, and as such, I love him and know that he loves me. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scott Berkheimer
My decision to serve a mission was entirely my choice. I'm serving a mission because it's logical. When you see a good movie, you don't just keep it to yourself! You tell all of your friends and get them to go see it too, right?! That's what the church and its teachings are like to me. In fact, I wanted to serve a mission so bad, I saved away a majority of my income for as long as I've been working so that I could pay for most of it out of my own pocket. To answer the question, no, Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Men are encouraged to go, but there is no punishment from the church if you choose not to go. We serve because we want to! Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Scott Berkheimer
The ultimate purpose of donating 10% of our income to the church is not to give the church money. The point of this tithing is to help us detatch ourselves from material things so we can focus on more important spiritual things. God gave us all that we have, so by paying our tithing we are merely returning a small portion of what God has given us. When we pay our tithing God blesses us richly, sometimes with financial help, but more often with blessings that are spiritual and personal. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Scott Berkheimer
Grace is...a very personal thing for me. It's true that it is only through grace that anyone can be saved, but more importantly I've come to learn that it is only by the grace that I can be saved. Grace is the strength from God to do what I could not do on my own. It is only through His grace that I am able to overcome my weaknesses and sins. It is only through grace, that we can eventually become like our Father in Heaven. I have tried overcoming my sins and weaknesses on my own, and let me tell you, it doesn't work. It was only after I surrended my will to the Lord's will and did everything he wanted me to do that I was able to truly change. It changed who I am, my very nature and desires, so I know it is real! I know that it is only by grace that we are saved, and that we can only receive that grace by surrending our will and saying, as did Christ himself, "Not my will, but thine, be done." Show more Show less