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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a psychiatrist, husband, and Papa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a potty-training, floor-sweeping, dishes-doing dad, who is exhausted at the end of most days, and is trying to keep up with Mr. Introspective, Rough-and-Tumble, and Princess, our three children. I love to read and play and tickle these three: we have good times together. My wife generously gives herself to teach our children, providing supported to my pursuit of a time-consuming profession. She works harder than I do every day. After being away for years of school, I moved back to my growing-up neighborhood with this new batch of recruits. I’m surprised at how much has changed and how much has stayed the same; how many people I still recognize, and how things have ended up for people. I’m surprised at how I’ve changed, and it can feel awkward trying to be the new me in my old environment. I don’t feel like an adult: I feel like I should know more about lawn care and home maintenance before I assume that title.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ is the only way to be forgiven of sins. His forgiveness really works, and I can feel it. I need to be connected to Him, and to cooperate with His community of believers to share this message with others. As a missionary, nothing was more rewarding than to see people find their own relationship with Jesus and begin to share that relationship with others. Ordinances may look funny from the outside: does it really make a difference in the grand scheme of things that I was baptized, or that I participate in the Sacrament of the Lord's Last Supper every week, or that I was married in a temple, rather than anywhere else? Yes, it does. I can feel the difference. The authority in this church has the power to bind on earth and in heaven, that same power that was given to Peter.

How I live my faith

People ask me how I can be a Psychiatrist and a Mormon? For me, psychiatry is something that grew out of my efforts to follow Jesus: "to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:18) I work with abuse victims, outcasts, people who are depressed and people who are psychotic. I work with criminals, druggies, alcoholics, troubled teens and troubled pre-teens. I work with people who feel that suicide is their best option, and people who feel like killing other people will help make the world a better place. Jesus said that our focus should be on loving God and loving one another. I believe what He said. John said you can't do one without the other. Since I can't preach in my work, I have to let my patients find their own way to God. But I can do everything in my power to help them love one another. I believe even the worst person can contribute. When I get home, I work with my wife to teach our children to follow Jesus Christ. They love reading from the scriptures every night. We talk about our blessings at the dinner table. On rough days, I feel like "Suffer little children" (Matt. 19: 11) is an accurate description. Even so, "of such is the kingdom of heaven." I love remembering that they can teach me about the kingdom of heaven. Wednesdays and Sundays, I teach 12 and 13 year-old boys about trying to be a man like Jesus Christ: the need to experience His forgiveness and follow His example. I watch over two families so that when they need help, I’m there. When a chance comes to pitch in, I help. I've been blessed to participate in clean-up for Katrina, and now for the Bastrop wildfires.

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

Mormons are ordinary people living ordinary lives in the middle of ordinary society. Many traditions vary family by family among Mormons as in larger society, but a core of spiritual traditions is encouraged in each family: daily scripture (scriptures.lds.org) readings, daily prayer, and weekly church meetings and home discussions of what is right. This way, families get frequent reminders of God’s counsel for happiness and are encouraged to conform life’s activities to it. Each family is free to independently apply teachings with a common understanding that God wants family to (lds.org/family/proclamation) love and care for one another, free from poverty, abuse, and infidelity. We want to help all families feel the joy that comes from living this way. Show more Show less