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Hi I'm Scott

My parents were the first ones in either of their families to join the Mormon Church and I'm so grateful that they did.

About Me

I am a married father of of 4 children. I work as a high school assistant principal and athletic director. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. I also enjoy golfing with my father. Since I don't get to work much with my hands at my job, I enjoy building things around our house like a deck and pergola last summer. I don't enjoy running, but I do my best to job 3 times a week to try to get in better shape and lose some weight. I am also a member of our local Rotary Club.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a member of the church when I was born and I was raised in the church. However, when I was in high school the time came when my friends began to live very different lives from what the gospel taught. At the same time, I was approaching the age when I could serve as a missionary and I felt strongly that before I could go somewhere in the world and tell people that the church is true, I had to know it for myself.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by praying morning and evening and before each meal. I read the Book of Mormon or the Bible or some other church literature almost daily to increase my knowledge and remind myself that God needs to be a part of my life each day. I attend church each Sunday with my family and I try to make the Sabbath day different from the other days of the week. I pay a full tithing to the church and give offerings to help the poor and needy. I am a volunteer chaplain at one of our local hospitals.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Scott
The Mormon Church provides a lot of humanitarian aid to disaster situations such as food, clothing, shelters and hygiene supplies. The Church is also helping with clean water projects and loans for education to people in developing countries. However, I believe the greatest service that the Mormon Church provides to people around the world is to teach the plan of happiness that God has for all of us. I see so many people every day that are unhappy an suffering because of addiction or lack of education or not understanding their own worth. The gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to so many of the things that cause people unhappiness, regardless of where they live or how much money they do or don't have. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Scott
Mormon Church services are not as long as you might think. Yes, most of us are there for 3 hours, but it is three different sessions of only about 1 hour each. We love to have visitors and you can come or go anytime you would like. Most men are in shirts and ties, most women are in dresses or skirts. But don't let dress be an issue because it is not. If you dress like you would going out to a nice restaurant or to a wedding reception, you will be comfortable. The first hour has everyone together and the goal is for people to be quiet and listening to the speakers for that day. The reality is that families are all together for this session, so kids make some noise and that is expected and understood. The first session is also where members partake of the sacrament bread and water, which is the only ceremonial portion of the meeting. Everyone who wants to is invited to sing songs 3 or 4 songs in this first session, but you don't have to sing along if you don't feel comfortable. Show more Show less