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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a student and a teacher. I read a lot of books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently working on my Ph.D. in English with a focus on Contemporary American fiction. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, watch movies, read books, write, and ride my bike. My wife and I have been married for nearly ten years, and we have three daughters. I work as an college English teacher, and I enjoy nearly every minute of it. If I didn't have to grade papers it would be the perfect job.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always liked to find the answers to tough questions. I spend a lot of my time asking questions and digging through libraries and online databases for answers. Not many people think research is fun, but I do. In the ten years that I've been studying English, I’ve found that a little research can help answer some tough questions. I won’t lie: I don’t like the fact that books and research don’t have all the answers. I’ve learned, though, that some questions require me to exercise faith before I am able to learn. Sometimes that’s not easy. I’m not the biggest fan of relying solely on faith. But everything I know that is meaningful to me is based on faith. That kind of knowledge is what brings me the most happiness in life. I’m a Mormon because I have faith that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can answer the tough questions.

How I live my faith

I try my best to be a good example of a believer. In the church I serve as an Early Morning Seminary teacher. Early Morning Seminary is an educational program in the church that helps Mormon high school students learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every morning at 5:30, I meet with eleven youth for fifty minutes at the local church building and study and discuss the scriptures. My students aren't always completely awake and alert, but we manage to have a good time.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture that Mormons use in addition to the Bible. It begins with the story a family that leaves Jerusalem about six hundred years before the birth of Christ. After travelling some years, the family builds a ship and sails to what is now the American continent. The majority of the Book of Mormon is a record of what happens to the descendants of this family. It is also a record of their teachings about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Some of the most important passages in the Book of Mormon discuss Christ's sacrifice for humanity and God's plan of salvation. The Book of Mormon ends with a promise that all those who want to know of its truthfulness can find out through prayer and the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

When I was nineteen, I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It was an experience I will never forget. I will always be grateful that I was able to dedicate two years of my life wholly to the service of Jesus Christ and His gospel. The decision to go on a mission was my own. While young men and women in the church are encouraged to go on missions, it is not required. For me, the decision came after a lot of thinking and praying. I knew it was the right thing for me to do. It has been more than ten years since I returned home from Brazil, but not a day passes that I don't think of my time living and serving among the people there. I'm glad I made the decision to go--and I'm glad it was my decision to make. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. God cares as much about us today as he cared about his children in the days of Moses. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet for the world today. Through him, God can reveal his will on matters related to things not directly addressed in the Bible. The Bible teaches us that "the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Today--like in the days of Moses, Elijah, and Amos--a prophet act as God's spokesperson on earth. We don't worship our modern-day prophets, who are as human and imperfect as the rest of us, but we do follow their guidance as they strive to follow God and reveal his will. Show more Show less