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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a physician, a neuro-ophthalmologist to be specific. I'm also a husband and a dad.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both converted to the Mormon faith before I was born and they raised us in the faith. I am a dedicated member of this church. This church has given me a lot. I feel that I have answers where many others just have questions. I have a clear source of guidance. And most importantly I have felt that participating in this church has nurtured my relationship with my Heavenly Father and brought me to my Savior- Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I just try to follow Christ's teachings in my daily life. I work to be a good example of a Christian. Everyday includes scripture reading and prayers. I teach the gospel to my children. I attend church every week and I help out with some of the administrative tasks at church.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

In addition to a prophet, this church has 12 apostles, just as there were in Christ's own time. Whenever a new prophet needs to be chosen it is always the apostle with the most experience, or the most senior apostle, who is chosen. Then it is that prophet's responsibility to choose a new apostle to replace him. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

These are the words we use to describe our congregations. A local congregation is called a ward unless it is still small - then the local congregation might be called a branch. A stake is a larger group of several wards and branches in a geographical area. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

We believe in a spirit world where we will go to wait until the ressurection. We believe that after Christ comes again all people will live again. Then we will be judged and receive an inheritance from our Father in Heaven. Those who accept Christ and are His valiant followers can receive a celestial glory where they can be with Heavenly Father and be more like He is. We also believe that families can remain together eternally in this celestial glory. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No, Mormons did practice polygamy for a short period, but the practice ended more than 100 years ago. Anyone, who still practices polygamy is not a part of this church. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

This means Joseph Smith's first vision. Joseph was only 14 when he first saw God the Father and the Son. He had asked them in prayer which church he should join and they appeared to him. The answer was to join none of them, but there would be a special work for Joseph to do. This was how Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We all have imperfections. God knew that we would fail to be perfect and he sent His Son to help. Jesus Christ suffered physically and spiritually to pay the price of our sins. Because He did this we can be forgiven and we can become more like our Heavenly Father. Jesus' sacrifice saves us from our sins. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, I worship Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

When I served my mission my funds we provided by myself and my family. I have known some missionaries who made considerable personal sacrifice to save and raise money for their mission. Some missionaries are also supported by the members of their congregation or from funds donated for that purpose. All missionaries are responsible to pay the same amount no matter where they serve. They are then allotted an appropriate allowance depending on the cost of living in their area. The materials that missionaries use (such as books of scripture) are all given freely. These come from donations. Show more Show less

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

Joseph Smith might be considered the founder. We believe that he was instructed by revelations from God, so we would claim that the real founder is Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

No. The Church will sometimes support political issues when there is a moral issue at stake, but no political party or politician should claim to have the endorsement of the church. The church does encourage its members to participate in their communities including the political party of their choice. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The church is strongly opposed to abortion. This is not necessarily absolute, but exceptions are rare and should probably be discussed with church leaders for guidance. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets from the American continent. One of these prophets was Mormon and the book is called after him. Some of the other prophets include: Lehi, Nephi, Alma, Ether, Moroni and several others. Joseph Smith received their record and with help from heaven he translated it into English. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mormon was a prophet. He was one of the principal figures in a book of scripture- The Book of Mormon. Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the Book of Mormon and this is one of the features that makes this church unique among Christian faiths. people have taken to calling us Mormons. I don't think anyone would be offended by the name, but we prefer to be called Latter-day Saints or L.D.S. for short. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

 Temples are particularly sacred places of worship. This is where families can be joined together forever, and this is where ordinances like baptism can be performed for our deceased ancestors. Temple worship also focuses on learning about God's plan of salvation. Temples help to prepare us to come back to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is the inspired writings of God's prophets and contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although there are many great teachings throughout the Bible, my personal favorite books are Genesis, Luke, John and James. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

 There's nothing very secretive about what happens in temples, but it is a holy place and we have a great reverence for what we do there. It is a place for worship, so after a temple is dedicated to God it wouldn't be appropriate to have it open to curiosity seekers. Also in the temple we make important promises to God. Church leaders can help members to know when they are spiritually prepared to make these promises with God in His temple. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I definitely believe that it is only through the grace of God that we can be saved. There are two important ways the grace of God leads to our salvation. 1. As fallible humans we fall short of the perfection needed to live in God's presence. Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and gained a power and a knowledge by which He can save us. He can make up for our imperfections. 2. God did not send us to earth just to sin and repent. We are here to actually become better. Through the grace of God we can change our natures and become more similar to God. Christ's perfect life and atoning sacrifice gave Him the power to do this as well. We need to accept Christ so that He can save us. We accept Christ by being baptized into His church, following His commandments and always striving to become better. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is our Heavenly Father. In many ways He is a lot like us (or rather we are like Him), but He is perfect. As our parent, He really loves us. He cares about the details of our lives and feels joy when we succeed and is ready to support us when we fail. God respects our ability to make our own choices, but I imagine He yearns for each of us to make the choices that will bring us back to Him. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I came to know God by praying to Him. Ever since I was a teen, a couple of times a day I pray to God, especially at night before I finish my day. I speak to God and I have a feeling that He is listening. I have had many, many blessings that have come to me in answer to prayers. If I ever feel a doubt or faltering of faith, I can always come back to my experiences with prayer and I'll honestly admit to myself: I don't know everything about the gospel, but I do know that God is real and He answers my prayers. Show more Show less