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Hi I'm Scott

I nurse critical animals to health by day and slay virtual zombies at night. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a late convert to the church, having spent over 40 years here on Earth unaffiliated with any formal religion. When the current television season or Netflix isn’t sucking my spare time dry, I like to read (mostly mysteries), play Sudoku and program my Mac.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many others, I was not sin free for most of my adult life. Some indeed were serious. However, I didn’t kill anyone or rob anyone; I considered myself a “normal” member of society. Not terribly happy, but not sad either. I was just going through life. It wasn’t until I watched General Conference in October of 2009 that I realized how much I lacked a foundation to my life; a core set of rules and values that I could draw upon to make decisions and steer me in the right direction. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew this church had the answers. That inspiration has been a true blessing and the faith it provided has given me something else. It has made me happier than I’ve been in a very long time. I am a Mormon because I have the wisdom to have seen half of my life go by without true happiness or direction. Now I have the ability to stay true to the faith and live harmoniously.

How I live my faith

Things I do... Pray sincerely every day and give thanks. When I add up all the things I am thankful for, life doesn’t seem quite as desolate and I realize how truly blessed I am. Provide tithing (yes it’s affordable). Read the scriptures, conference talks, lessons or other sources on LDS.org as often as possible. Studying what has been written or said provides insight and answers questions. I have been fortunate enough to teach a couple of classes and I am grateful for the time I spent researching articles and scripture. Obey the commandments. It’s not hard. Enjoy my callings (assignments within the church). I preside over the Gospel Principles class and request members to teach another class at church. Live the Word of Wisdom (no coffee, tea, smoking or alcohol). Tough? Some days, but I’ll live longer, healthier and happier. It’s a good trade.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

A few months ago one of our ward missionaries was giving a talk on the book of Mormon. Like others he said that all answers could be found in the book, even the meaning of life. Skeptical, I asked, "Really? The meaning of life?" He directed me to a scripture in Alma 3432-33 which explains… "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors…therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed." Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I've been a member of the church for nearly a year and the thing I have noticed most about being a member is how my outlook or opinion has changed for the better. When one starts realizing how one's own actions and statements differ from Christ's and the steps we all must take to be more in harmony with the will of God, change is inevitable and desired. Currently, this is a conscious change something I strive to do. I am hoping that given time, my actions and thoughts will become second nature effortless. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a personal validation or proof of a certain idea. Often we will say that we have a testimony of the truth of the Book or Mormon or a testimony that prayers are answered. It is our knowledge that what we believe is the truth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

 No. Joseph Smith was a prophet and the founder of our church. While we owe much to him, only God and His son Jesus Christ are worshiped. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are quick to say that they live in the world, but they are not of the world. The reference is from John 1519 when Christ was speaking to his disciples. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own but … ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world” Today, we use this phrase to convey that we are striving to live in harmony with God's laws, rather than the sin and corruption of spirit which are so prevalent of the world as we know it. Mormons have jobs in practically every industry, in all parts of the world. We have co-workers that use bad language and even worse judgment when it comes to how much they drink or with whom they sleep at night. We are subjected to the same decadent media influences as everyone else. However, while we don't view ourselves as better than others, we know our lives are better by making the choice to follow Christ's example to allow the Holy Spirit to influence us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. While polygamy is part of church doctrine D&C 132, see below it was officially banned in 1890 by the president of the church Wilford Woodruff D&C Official Declaration 1. D&C 132 was recorded in 1843, but the principles therein were known as early as 1831. The precedent for multiple wives and concubines are discussed in verses 34-39. Defining what is adultery for both men and women are discussed in verses 41-43. Finally in verse 44, it is revealed that only God or the prophet under specific circumstances can confer more than one woman to a man. Show more Show less