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Hi I'm Scotty

I'm a Theatermaker, A teacher, a Family man, and a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm a California native living in Utah. My parents moved around a lot so I bounced between Utah, Illinois and California about a dozen times before I was 12. It wasn't because we were a military family, we just kind of had that nomadic spirit. That's kind of the way I am. I'm initially really hesitant when I'm put in a new environment, but when I start to get my footing, I thrive. I like being around my family and friends. I like talking to people I meet in my daily interactions. I think people are fascinating. I was married in early 2012 to the cutest girl there is, and we've got a couple great kids. I had the privilege of serving a full time 2 year mission for the LDS Church in Ohio (Columbus, Athens and outside of Dayton). I graduated from BYU Studying Theater Education and learning 中文 (Mandarin Chinese), and am now a TYA Grad Student at UCF. At BYU I had the chance to go to China and teach elementary kids about theater and dance. It was the experience of a lifetime. I hope to be able to teach forever, and speak Chinese fluently. I also learned a great love for stage lighting and directing. I like good quotes. I read lots, study film, love watching sports, and I LOVE to teach. I'm never warm unless I'm wearing socks. I strive to be totally honest and trustworthy. I believe people are generally good and honest. I'm learning to love working hard, and trying to become a somewhat better version of myself, and a little more Christlike each day. Have a great day!

Why I am a Mormon

I have had the tremendous blessing of being raised by parents who were Latter-Day Saints. They gave me a home where I'm loved, and where morals and kindness are taught. I was always given choices, but I learned as I grew that all of my choices had consequences to them. I am a Mormon, because I've seen the consequences of living contrary to the nature of God. I want happiness, and I love to learn. Both of those things are found abundantly through the Church, and especially through the teachings of Jesus Christ. It's also significant to realize understand that I'm a Mormon because there is an answer to everything I have ever asked, even when I'm ambivilant about the things that I learn. Sometimes that answer is "We don't know." Sometimes the answers require me to find harmony between two things that seem at odds with one another. But when I am patient, sincere, and willing to start from a place of believing that God has a reason for the answers he gives, answers tend to come. Sometimes those answers are personal, and come from God straight to me in ways that, because I'm his child, are really unique to the way I learn. Sometimes those answers are things that are hard to swallow at first, but with careful contemplation, and honest pleading with God to understand, things tend to work out. Most importantly, the answers are things that tend to require me to act in faith, like Indiana Jones stepping into the dark. The teachings of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints give meaning in a world where we seek happiness in all the wrong places. The Church teaches that supreme value of each person, and paints a clearer picture of how a loving God can saddle us with such heavy burdens. We know he's our Father, and having had a good father of my own, I know a little bit more why he does some of the things that he does. I'm a Mormon, because I feel genuinely loved and cared for by God, and as He forgives my faults, I can look past the faults of others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living, learning and changing. One of the principal tenants of my faith is that we are trying to become like Jesus Christ, and help others to as well. Jesus taught that the first and great commandment is to love God, and next to love our neighbors as ourselves. I try to ask myself "is what I'm doing showing love to others?" I think in terms of "living my faith" there's not a lot more I can do. I feel like life is about learning, loving seeking forgiveness for mistakes and forgiving others for those same mistakes. There are other practical things I do to live my faith as well. I have a blog in which I record the thoughts of my heart (it's on my Facebook page if you follow me there). I read the scriptures with my wife. I choose to attend a school where spiritual education is part of the curriculum. I attend church as often as I am able, and I generally try to maintain reverence to God and the things he cares about on Sundays. When I am lost, or angry, or overwhelmed (good or bad), I pray and really talk to God. I spend time reading and thinking about things that I think are important. I keep the promises I have made to God, because I have seen the way in which my life goes more smoothly when I do. I also love seeing how living the gospel changes people's lives. While I feel like there are amazing benefits that I have in my life from having made and kept covenants that make me part of this church, I have seen, particularly in the lives of young people, how living certain gospel principles leads to greater peace and happiness. I know that I can't and wouldn't want to make everyone the same as me. There would be a lot less good theater if we were all the same. But I hope to show others how the teachings of Christ and His living prophets continue to be meaningful in the world we live in. We need to love. We need to be kind. We need to sacrifice. We need to be patient. We need to seek peace. We need stronger homes and communities. We need Christ.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Scotty
We believe that our bodies are temples of clay. They are the instruments that God has created for our spirits to have a place to learn and grow in this world. Each spirit son and daughter of God needs to obtain a body in order to work out their salvation, and to gain the experiences we can only get by living life. This is why all children, no matter what challenges they may have in life, deserve the opportunity to live. This is also why in the vast majority of cases, we view abortion as being contrary to the plan God has for this life. That said, there are circumstances underwhich a person has to make a personal choice based on their real lived experiences that may be best for them and their family. In some cases, that unfortunately means an abortion is the choice to make. I would simply add that I have watched several women in my life grapple with this choice. It is hard. It requires prayer. But several times I have seen miracles happen. Sick mothers have survived with help. Distraught women have found hope for thier children by giving them another home. And when I have friends who have had safe abortions, right or wrong, it has been an agonizing and traumatizing experience. If it's something you are in a position to consider, I would beg you to seek prayerful guidance from an LDS Bishop, and others who will show you love and support. Remember, that mothers are literal temple builders, and that is not something to take lightly. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Scotty
Totally. Without the Bible, there would be no record of Jesus' personal ministry on the earth. When I read the New Testament for the first time, I just thought, "How could anyone read this and not just LOVE Jesus Christ?" So, yes, it is scripture. It was given by revelation, and it teaches the truth. Like all scripture, though, it is open to application, not interpretation. You can utilize the scriptures to guide your life, but your life doesn't guide what the scriptures are saying. :) Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Scotty
Nope. A mission is an opportunity, for sure, and all members who are able are encouraged to do it, but not everyone can. There are other ways to live and share the gospel without being a full-time missionary, and, honestly, the full-time missionaries have a hard time teaching without the support of the wonderful, every-day members. :) Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Scotty
No, we don't. :) Thanks for asking though! Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Scotty
The Law of Chastity is God's law for the protection of families. We don't believe in having sexual relationships, or doing things that stimulate sexual arousal before marriage. This isn't to say that one shouldn't be sexually drawn to their spouse, or that there's something inherently wrong with sexual relations at all. On the contrary, sexual relations are beautiful, and are among the most powerful expressions of love and commitment that can be shared. However, commitment and covenant must come first. There are so many terrible ills in the world because people are unable to maintain self-control in regards to their sexual relationships. The quantity of broken hearts, crippled marriages, unplanned pregnancies, disease, lost self-esteem and emotional instability would be greatly reduced in the world if people chose to keep their sexual relations within the bounds that God has set. This isn't to say that God causes guilt or pain or suffering. I feel that these are often the natural causes of sexual immorality. However, they can be healed by the Master Healer, Jesus Christ, and many, if not all, of the negative consequences of sexual sin can be changed. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Scotty
Yes, it is. One of the greatest accounts in all the scriptures is in the Book of Mormon in chapter 17 of 3rd Nephi. Jesus had begun to teach the people in the Americas about his gospel, and when he went to leave the people, "looked steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them." I know that becuase He loves all of God's children, he spoke to those here in the Americas, too. It's great to read. :) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Scotty
This answer is two fold. The first is because in the Kingdom of God, we're focused on serving others and helping them. If God provides the things we need, and if our goals are selflessly motivated, why would we need to be paid for ministry? The second reason is that money corrupts, and there are more enticing reasons to serve God and our fellow man than money. There are many things in this world money cannot buy in a sustainable way. These answers may sound simplistic, but the truth doesn't have to be an overly complicated thing. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Scotty
As a theater maker, one of the questions I have to ask of any character I want to bring to life is, "How can I tell the audience what this character is like?" I ask actors to speak, move, and emote in certain ways. I then use my technical elements to highlight those things further. This includes the places they are seen, the things they use, and how they dress. What a person wears is one way that they express who they are, what they value, and what people want others to see about themsleves. Modesty extends to many aspects of our conduct, and really is an extension of our character. If chastity is something that a person values and seeks for (and it is surely something God hopes we seek for) then their conduct, and the things they use to express themselves will make this manifest. Chastity helps give us a sense of self worth and an assurance that our value comes from things beyond what we have to offer other people sexually. Our value comes from our divine heritage and working to obtain the greatest blessings that God has in store for us after this life. Show more Show less