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Hi I'm Scott

I'm Canadian. I like hockey. I started Canada's largest sports festival. I'm a Husband, a Father, and a Mormon

About Me

I'm a hockey player and sports enthusiast. Professionally, I'm a business consultant, and own a mid-sized sports marketing company. I love a great sports movie! I'm interested in science, business, politics, history, and geography, and am most passionate about family, community, and our country. A lucky Husband and Father of five young children, I try to be a good Dad, friend, and neighbour.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is because I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ holds the truth that we need in life to achieve the most happiness, and that Mormonism is the most complete form of Christianity. It is my firm belief that every reasonable person who has sincerely read the Book of Mormon could not nor would not disagree! Furthermore, I'm honoured to be a member of an organization that meaningfully lifts and builds both individuals and societies both locally and across the world. I love being a small part of that.

How I live my faith

I try to just be a better person each day. I try to be a good husband and father, and that always comes first. I also believe in being honest in my professional dealings and in being considerate towards others. I spend time each day thinking about the purpose of life and things that matter and try to keep it all in perspective. I ponder and pray, read scriptures, attend Church meetings, and keep a close eye on the living Prophet then strive to follow his counsel. Service in the Church locally is also a really big part of my life. About ten months ago, I was called to be Bishop of our congregation (about 470 Church members) - which has presented challenges and opportunity. Since that time I have counselled with both youth and adults facing great personal challenges, coached individuals on spiritual and professional development, conducted a funeral, spoke publically on multiple occasions, and served as an ambassador for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in our community. Its been challenging, lots of peaks and valleys for sure. But I'm probably enjoying it more than anything else I have ever done in my life (and in writing that I am actually surprised by that comment too)! Of course, being the 'sports guy', I am always organizing sporting events, informal pick-up games, regional tournaments, etc. We play a lot of hockey, ball hockey, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. Our buildings are always open to the community. Outside of sports, we have lots of other great activities that I often am asked to help organize. I love a good dance and have been known to do a very poor Justin Bieber impersonation during karaoke nights! I also sit on our Cub/Scout Group committee and organize an annual, regional, Provident living initiative. Long and short is that I try to do things that the Saviour would do if he were in my situation, and help improve the lives of those around me as well

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Scott
Friends of mine have said that "Mormon funerals are the best funerals." Well, that may indeed be true because Mormons believe that it (death) is not 'the end'. We actually believe that the earth that we live on was created for a greater purpose, one phase in a greater plan. After we "graduate" from this earth, we believe we will be re-united with loved ones, be resurrected (just as the Saviour Jesus Christ was) and continue to progress in understanding, at some point receiving glory and/or new opportunities based upon our performance here on Earth. Exactly how or where that happens I don't profess to perfectly understand, nor do I feel a need to perfectly understand the mechanics, even while I have real hope in it. It brings a lot of comfort, peace, and perspective, and provides real insight into the questions we tend to ask ourselves in quiet moments. So while I'm not looking to exit anytime soon, I'll be ready when the time comes. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Scott
Perhaps because they see how close-knit we are as a community, and it can be somewhat hard to understand this support network if you have never been part of something quite like it. Sometimes we hear that some others may perceive or presume that members are 'brainwashed' with information and forced to conform to some standard. To those I would say that is exactly the opposite of what actually occurs under the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You see, Satan's way is to force people to conform. Study the life of Christ and you'll understand that He never forces, but instead always invites. Freedom to choose is something that we believe is one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, and is fundamental to our faith. All people (Church member or not) are always free to choose what to believe and how to act (we call this agency) and are encouraged to seek understanding of the reasons for any invitation that Christ or the living Prophet extends to them. Show more Show less