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Hi I'm Scott Oelkers

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My paternal grandparents were Lutheran farmers in central Minnesota. Missionaries came to visit them during the 1920's and 1930's. During this time, one by one, the family members were baptized. My mother was baptized in 1957, seven years after marrying my father. Thus, I am a second generation Mormon. I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. There was only 1 other Mormon in my high school graduating class. In that environment, I struggled to build my own testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. A series of spiritual events led to my serving a two year mission in Taiwan. Upon returning home, I attended the University of Minnesota. I met and married my wife, Susan, during my senior year. We have four children, all beyond their high school years now, and three grandchildren. We have lived in 5 states and four countries in our +30 years of marriage, giving us ample opportunity to face the challenges of today's world. Together, Susan and I have raised our children, built a career, and served in the church. The church has been the constant wherever we have been, and the gospel of Jesus Christ has been our anchor. The Atonement of Jesus Christ has blessed us in many ways, including forgiveness, comfort, and healing. We are forever in our Savior's debt.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, the witnesses I have received from the Holy Ghost are the reasons I continue to practice the faith. I've received specific witnesses: the divinity of Jesus Christ, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith's prophetic mission, and along with others, a witness of our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I strive to be a good husband, father and grandfather. Family should always come first. I do a lot of family history work, and can trace paternal and maternal lines back to the 1500's. I've had the chance to volunteer in many capacities within the church, but love to work with the young people, especially teaching them of gospel principles.