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Hi I'm Scott

I am a husband, father, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor, doctoral student, and yes...I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 4 children. My wife is beautiful, smart, talented...just incredible! Working full time and now pursuing a doctoral degree keep me very busy. Did I mention that I accepted to coach my son's soccer team? With all this, I still find time to go to church. It may sound like I am spinning plates, but really it helps keep me engaged. Don't ever have to worry about getting bored, but do have to learn how to allocate my time. Playing basketball really helps me relieve stress and keep active.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't like to create or carry regrets. I'd much rather feel good about life. My experiences have led me to see that living principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to lead a life without serious regrets. The gospel shows better ways to treat people, better ways to understand my relationship with God, and better ways to be a husband and father. This takes regular prayer, reading of the scriptures, and consistent efforts to try to be a better man. Attending church weekly is another way that I can strengthen my beliefs and my behaviors. At church, I am able to be around other people who are living these gospel principles. It benefits me and my family. So, although I grew up in this church, it is my choice to stay. I tell you that I have more peace and happiness in my life by living gospel principles. This church helps me practice and refine those principles. As a therapist, I regularly see the sorrow in lives where gospel principles are not lived.

How I live my faith

There are so many great opportunities to grow and serve in the church! These come in the form of "callings" from leaders in the local church unit. Some of my favorite callings have included leading the choir (loved doing this), teaching gospel doctrine class, teaching a marriage and family relations course, giving talks in church, and visiting with other members of the church. Not long ago, I was asked to visit with some members of the church. I soon found out that two different people that I visited had been diagnosed with cancer. I was fortunate to be able to regularly visit them and listen to their struggles physically and emotionally. Listening to them seemed to be the best way to support them. It helped me appreciate my own and my family's health.

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

I have read the entire Bible (old and new testaments). There are so many great teaching and truths about the gospel. Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, teaches me about patience, faith, integrity and forgiveness. Isaiah teaches me about how to truly look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Proverbs is full of great wisdom. The four gospels reveal the perfect life and example of our savior, Jesus Christ. Paul's faith filled epistles instruct on correct doctrine and ways to live a Christlike life. I have also read the Book of Mormon, a record of other prophets, which testifies of Christ. Together, the Bible and Book of Mormon both confirm the divinity of Jesus Christ and His role as savior and redeemer of the world. Show more Show less