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Hi I'm Scott

Artist. Writer. Mormon.

About Me

I just got back from serving in the Montana BIllings Mission, the greatest mission in the world. I was born and raised in southeast Wisconsin, outside the great city of Milwaukee. My family moved around a bit during my teenage years. As consequence, I attended four different high schools. One in Wisconsin, two in Idaho, and one more in Utah, where my family now lives. I've met a lot of people and seen a lot of interesting stuff. Those years truly molded me into the person I am. I enjoy graphic arts, writing, photography, and music. Those are... pretty much the main things that I do. I don't play sports, sorry. I love the Brewers though, and the Milwaukee Wave (indoor soccer). Those are my teams. I'm currently attending Brigham Young University and plan on majoring in graphic design. I'm also currently writing a book and have a number of other stories on the way. I like all types of music, but you could say I'm into what most people refer to as "the heavier stuff." Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, We Came As Romans, August Burns Red, and The Classic Crime are a few of my favorite bands... in case you were curious. I've been called pessimistic, draining, irritating, judgmental, opinionated, negative, immature, unfiltered, and unaware, but old women think I'm adorable.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I've had the principles of Christ's gospel taught to me all my life. But of course, as I grew older, I could no longer rely on my family and friends to keep my faith in Christ strong; I had to let go of their testimonies and strengthen my own. I am a Mormon because I felt the comforting witness of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God, that Joseph Smith was and still is a prophet of God, and that through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored His gospel to the Earth to never again be taken. I have never seen my Heavenly Father's face, but I have seen His hand in every moment of my life. I have never seen Jesus Christ, but I have felt His loving embrace and received a witness of his redeeming grace through the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Because I am on a mission for the Church, I have countless opportunities to live my faith each and every day. I testify of the truthfulness and divinity of the Book of Mormon. I testify that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet called of God. I testify that Christ and God the Father appeared to him and restored Christ's true church upon the Earth. I testify that the priesthood keys that belonged to the Apostles, that were lost, are also once again restored in their fullness upon the Earth. I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus Christ. Unlike Him, however, I am imperfect, and therefore I also live my faith by repenting each day of my sins, by embracing Christ's love through His Atonement. I live my faith by praying sincerely to my Father in Heaven. I live my faith by keeping the commandments I have been given and covenants I have made. As J. Golden Kimball once said, "I may not have walked the straight and narrow, but I crossed it as often as I could!" And so, I know I can't live the perfect life Christ lived. I can't walk the same path He walked. But I sure as heck stumble across His footsteps whenever I can.

What is the priesthood?

Scott
The priesthood is the right and authority to act in God's name. One cannot take it upon himself; it must be given to him. (Hebrews 5:4) The priesthood is what allows us to perform saving ordinances such as baptism. It is how one can be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It is how a man and a woman can be sealed to live together for all eternity. It is the power by which God created and supervises the universe. It is the power of God. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Scott
A ward is simply another term for a congregation. Each ward has its own geographical boundaries. A small ward is what we refer to as a branch. A stake is a group of wards and branches, also with geographical boundaries. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Scott
None at all. We are all children of God. We are all equal. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Scott
The Bible is the word of God, so far as it in translated correctly. We generally regard the King James Version of the Bible to be the most correct translation. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Scott
Just like the books of the Bible, the Book of Mormon was authored by prophets and disciples of God that existed on the American continents. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Scott
Jesus Christ is our Master, Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. We believe in Him with all our hearts and souls. It is through Him, and only Him, that we can be saved in the kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Scott
We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, and the first prophet of this last dispensation. We praise him as a great man, because that is what he was... a man, but an inspired and gifted man. It was THROUGH Joseph Smith that Jesus Christ restored His church to the Earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Scott
The Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, or Spirit of God, is the third member of the Godhead. Unlike our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, He does not have a tangible body of flesh and bones. Being a Spirit allows Him to dwell within us and fulfill the role of the Comforter. He is not some ambiguous energy, but a person like us. He knows us, what we like and dislike, how we learn and progress. In this way, He knows how to prompt us and what feelings to give us. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth. He testifies of God and Jesus Christ. It is by the Holy Ghost that we can receive a witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He comforts, guides, teaches, and testifies to us. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Scott
The fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church upon the Earth is the reason why it has grown so rapidly. The Spirit testifies of truth, and the Spirit is touching the hearts of thousands each year, witnessing to them that this is indeed Christ's church. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Scott
Read and pray about the Book of Mormon. If you do so sincerely, the Holy Spirit will witness to you that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed Christ's church once again restored to the Earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Scott
We are saved by grace, but we are judged by our works. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Scott
Through Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the last dispensation of the fullness of times, God the Father and Jesus Christ restored the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Scott
We should have faith in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, that He Atone for our sins, and that through Him and only Him can salvation come. We should also have faith in our Heavenly Father, that He hears and answers our prayers, that He loves us as a father would, and that He is the ultimate Creator and Overseer of our universe. Show more Show less

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

Scott
The Bible is indeed the word of God and it testifies of the divinity of Christ. However, it is not infallible. Through the centuries it has been the victim of human corruption and mistranslation. Many plain and precious truths that once existed among those manuscripts have been taken out or lost. Nevertheless, it is still holy scripture and holds many truths that are necessary for us to read and embrace. Perhaps most importantly, it contains Christ's mortal ministry and prophecies concerning Him. It is a great tool that goes hand in hand with the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Scott
Thomas S. Monson is the current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a prophet of God that leads and guides us today. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Scott
Doctrine and Covenants 59: 6 Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it. Abortion is murder. We are commanded not to kill, nor do anything LIKE UNTO IT. The only exceptions are in cases of rape or incest, but even these specific circumstances do not automatically justify having an abortion. It is a decision that should be made with fasting and prayer, as well as consulting a Church leader such as a bishop. All life is precious. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Scott
We are made in the image of God. He is a person, just as we are. Or rather, more specifically, we are people, humans, just as He is a person. Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. If we are God's offspring, then surely we are like Him, just as we are like our earthly parents. The main difference between us and God though, is that God is perfect. His body is immortal and incorruptible. His thoughts are always pure and perfect. His love is perfect and unconditional. He has all power and commands the very universe. He is perfect in every way, and He is our Father in Heaven, the Father of our spirits. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Scott
 Follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority, followed by confirmation into the Church which includes receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Scott
The Church is financed through tithing. Members of The Church pay tithing, or a tenth-part of their income, to the Lord so that His church can prosper and bless the lives of others. The Church is therefore financed by the sacrifices and faithful dedication of its members. Show more Show less