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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in the Midwestern United States. I'm a father, a plant manager, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of five children. For my career, I am the plant manager of a ductile iron pipe foundry. I enjoy coaching my children in soccer, flag football, and basketball. When I'm not working or being a dad, I also serve as the bishop of our local congregation. This gives me plenty of opportunities to serve and help others which brings great joy and happiness to my life. Occassionally, I also find time for a round of golf, some good books, and other physical activity. If it involves a ball or the outdoors, it is highly likely that I enjoy it.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my ancestors joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the mid 1800's in various countries. As a result, I grew up going to church each Sunday. There were not many Mormons in the part of the United States where I grew up so I had friends of many faiths. I grew up believing in and praying to God, my Father in Heaven and reading the scriptures with my family. As an early teenager, I felt a desire to know for myself if the things that I had been taught as a child were true. I began reading the Book of Mormon each night before going to bed. After reading a chapter, I would pray and ask Heavenly Father if it was true. I continued this pattern of reading and praying for several months without feeling like I had received any type of answer. I began to wonder if something was wrong with me. I began praying more earnestly, for I had a sincere desire to know if the Book of Mormon was true. It the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith, who translated the book and claimed to be a prophet, truly was a prophet. If he truly was a prophet, then the church that he claimed to have restored to the earth was Christ's true church. After more weeks of praying before I read a chapter in the Book of Mormon and praying when I was done reading, an answer finally came. I played sports throughout my growing up days. I had gotten home late from some game and was the last one in the family to go to bed. I sat in my living room, the only light being a lamp light next to the couch. I read about the faith of 2000 young men who had gone to battle to protect their families, their religion, and their freedoms. They had exercised great faith in God and not one of them was killed in battle. As I read about their experience, a very powerful, warm feeling swept over me. It started in my heart and moved up my body and done my body until I felt as if my whole soul was on fire. Tears came to my eyes because I knew that this feeling came from the Holy Ghost and was an answer from God that the Book of Mormon was and is true. Since that experience, I have had many experiences where the Holy Ghost has testified to my heart and mind that the things that I was learning and being taught as a Mormon were and are true. My life has been blessed with great joy and happiness as I have followed the things that I know to be true.

How I live my faith

I serve as the bishop of a local ward. I am basically a lay minister. I devote about 20 hours a week in watching over my ward, or local congregation. I meet with individuals who are struggling financially and help them with their finances. I interview each of the 12 - 18 year old youth once a year. I meet regularly with the youth during the week and participate in their weekly activities. I also attend annual overnight youth conferences and other outings. I listen to people who are having problems and help them overcome their struggles. I conduct meetings, teach lessons, and direct service activities. There is great joy and satisfaction that comes from serving and helping others. It helps me to feel closer to Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons worship our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the head of the church and that is why the name of the church carries his name. We honor and revere the prophet Joseph Smith because of the great work that he did in restoring Christ's church to the earth. Joseph Smith endured many persercutions, false accusations, and much loss yet denied the things that he taught. Ultimately he gave his life for his faith. This is why we honor and revere Joseph Smith. Show more Show less