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Hi I'm Scott

I am an officer in the US Air Force. I love freedom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the fifth of seven children born to really great parents. I grew up in and out of the United States. I spent two years in the Bicol region of the Philippines as a missionary. I speak Tagalog fluently, and I love the Philippines! I have a bachelor and a master of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. I'm a Major in the US Air Force. I have a wonderful wife and 6 great kids. I love to read, to write poetry, to play with my kids, and watch a good movie with my wife while we fold laundry. I am currently a PhD student. I am a 5th-generation Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

It could be tempting to say that I'm a Mormon because I was born and raised a Mormon, but, though that is true, it is not why I am a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I love God. My love for him leads me to follow him. In my efforts to learn his will for me and follow it, I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. I've learned that the greatest happiness in this life and in the world to come, the happiness that God wants for me, is found in following Him. And following Him has kept me a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is through my service to my country. I serve on active duty in the US Air Force. It is a great honor for me to serve. I love this nation. I also love serving people. My family and I visit older people, the sick, or new people in our neighborhood. We like to bake bread and take it to people. Although I make many mistakes, I keep trying each day to follow the example of Jesus Christ in loving and serving others. I keep trying because I know He will help me be a little better each day.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. While we believe strongly in being involved in the political process in our communities, states, and the nation, the church does not identify with, endorse, or in any way favor one political party over another. Church funds, facilities, rosters, etc are not used for political purposes. Instead, the church teaches the correct principles found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encourages members to participate in the political process in such a way that is in harmony with the Gospel. Members are taught that they should study the issues and understand them in the context of the Gospel and act accordingly. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

When something good happens to you, or you have learned something good or exciting, most people want to share that with others. This is because they want to share their happiness with others. This is the main motivation behind why Mormon missionaries proselyte. We feel that we have something really good and exciting; something that makes people happy. We want to share with others the happiness that we have. Since it is living the principles of Christ's gospel that make us happy, we have a strong desire to share those principles with those around us. We truly believe that, no matter how happy a person is, or what their background, what we have to share can add to their happiness. We have seen it countless times in the lives of others, so we continue to share with all that will listen, hoping to spread joy, peace, and happiness found in following Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Absolutely not! We worship God, and God only. It is understandable, though, that this misconception exists, because we honor and love Joseph Smith for the great work that he did. It was through him that Jesus Christ restored many wonderful truths of His Gospel that had been lost. It was through him that Christ re-established His authority and His church on the earth. For the immense trials and difficulties Joseph willingly went through to accomplish this great work, we love and honor him. But we do not worship him. He is not God. To worship him, aside from breaking the first of the Ten Commandments, would be silly because Joseph Smith has no power to save any of us. He did not do the great work that the Savior, Jesus Christ, did. He cannot atone for our sins. No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Just as the temple is "The House of the Lord," our bodies are the house of our spirits. Our bodies are sacred and a gift from God. It would be ungrateful of us to abuse such a wondrous gift. Just as we take great care of a sacred and holy place like the temple, we should take great care of our bodies. Also, our bodies enable us to have the experiences we need to learn what we need to learn and do what we need to do in this life. If we take poor care of our bodies, we may not be able to learn those lessons. For example, there are some lessons of life that only come as we reach old age. If I were to abuse my body such that I die before that point, I would not have the opportunity to learn those lessons. As we better care for our bodies, we are more physically able to do God's work and we are more able to discern the quiet promptings He gives us. To abuse or care poorly for my body is to effectively block those promptings and miss out on the guidance, help, and comfort He would give me. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Most missionaries fund their own missions. This is true of young men and women and of senior couples that serve. For young men and women, they save their money and then give a set amount to the Church's mission fund each month. The Church then uses money from this fund to cover the housing and transportation costs of the missionary and delivers some of it to the missionary for day-to-day expenses like groceries, dry-cleaning, hair cuts, etc. This method enables the young missionaries (19-23) who may not have significant experience managing bills, etc, to focus on the missionary work they have been called to do. Senior missionaries have more direct responsibility over their expenses, but in both cases, the missionary funds the mission. There is also a mechanism set up to aid those that desire to serve but are not able to cover the full expense. Family and friends (anyone, really) can contribute to a missionary fund that is managed by local leaders and have that money marked for that particular missionary. There is also a general missionary fund to which anyone can contribute. This fund is used to pay for missionary materials, inlcuding printing costs of manuals, tracts, and scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc), and is also used to help cover mission costs for people around the world that otherwise wouldn't be able to serve. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. I really do. I truly believe that the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a prophet like Moses. I believe him to a good man, called of God to serve us as a prophet. The scriptures teach us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. They also teach us that God lets us know His will for us through prophets. I believe it makes sense that God would call a prophet in our time, just as he has in every other time in history. Most of all, though, I know there is a prophet like Moses alive today because God's spirit has testified to my heart that it is so. At the time of my writing this, that man is Thomas S. Monson. I know he is a prophet because each time I hear him speak or read his words, the Spirit of God tells me that they are true and that this man is a prophet. Just like God did with Moses, God has prepared prophets in our time to help guide us out of our own personal spiritual bondage. Like Moses, prophets today are merely human, with all the fallability of mortalilty. Yet, they are also like Moses in that they are good men who have been prepared to serve in this capacity. I am grateful that we have prophets on the earth today who can help us understand how to apply Christ's gospel in our daily lives. We don't live in Moses' time, so it is wonderful to have a prophet that understands the challenges of today...who will help me find manna in my wilderness and help me draw close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, and yes. We believe that family is central to God's plan. We are part of God's family. We call him our Heavenly Father because he is, literally, the father of our spirits. Just as we are part of his family, he has given us families to help guide and protect us in mortality. Family is one of the greatest sources of joy in this life. We learn to love and be loved in the family. It is where we come to know God. Because family is so fundamental to our progression and our happiness, our Heavenly Father has made it possible for our family relationships to last forever. Through proper priesthood authority (given to the apostles of Christ's time and again to those of today), what otherwise would be "till death do you part" can be sealed for eternity. Husband and wife can be sealed together and their children sealed to their parents and the family is bound together for eternity. The only thing that can break that sealing is our failure to keep our promises to God. I have received a personal knowledge of the truthfulness of this doctrine. I know God is our Father and we are his children. I know that our families can be together forever, and I love that! Show more Show less