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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up in Maryland. Was a missionary in Wisconsin and now live in Texas with my wife and our four children.

About Me

I am married to a girl I met on a blind date while in college. We got married at the end of the school year and she has seen me through completing my education (including graduate school), raising our children, and serving in our church and community. She has supported me through my crazy hobbies and activities. I own a business consulting company, live in Arlington, Texas with my wife, four kids, and a dog. I like to run, bike, and take pictures. My family and I are Texas Rangers fans and I am one of the few people in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that is proud to be a Redskins fan. While I try and exercise and take care of myself physically, I do admit to a weakness to pretzel M&M's and chocolate chip cookies. Regardless of what I am doing (or eating), Jesus Christ is at the center of it all. He is my savior and my friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of this church because the teachings and practices of the church bring me closer to Jesus Christ than anything else I know. I grew up in an area of the country that did not have a lot of other people who were of my faith. My Mormon friends and I would look after each other. My non-Mormon friends were good people who supported me in my beliefs. I did not fully appreciate then what all this church has to offer me, but I knew there was something there and that kept me grounded in choosing the path I did.

How I live my faith

Like many religious people I make prayer and scripture study a part of my day. I know I am a son of God. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior and through daily prayer and scripture study I become closer to them. As I become closer to them I feel a desire to reach out and serve others around me. The church provides me opportunities to serve others in my congregation and community daily. I hold an unpaid position of leadership in my local congregation - currently serving as bishop. A bishop leads the congregation and looks after the spiritual and temporal needs of the community. My Sundays are often 8-10 hour days and I usually have 1-2 nights a week when I am visiting other members of the congregation and/or working with our youth group to teach them the beliefs, values, and standards of living a Christian life as a Mormon. Regardless of what formal assignments I may hold in the church, I try and live by faith in Christ and follow Him by helping others along the way.

What is the First Vision?

Scott
This refers to an experience that happened to Joseph Smith in the Spring of 1820. Probably like many of you at this point - and like all of us at some point - Joseph Smith (then 14 years old) was trying to figure out which church he should join. He was a raised with a belief in God and he and his family would attend church as often as they could, but he was growing more and more confused about which of all the churches was teaching correct principles about Jesus Christ and his gospel. He knew that ultimately the only way he would know which church he should join would be to pray and ask God. As he did, he saw a vision in which God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him he should none of the churches. He was then called to be a prophet - much like Abraham and Moses in the Old Testament - and brought back (Mormons call it "restored) the church that Jesus Christ had set up when he was on the earth but had since fallen into error once Christ left the earth and his apostles were killed. This is the "First Vision". Show more Show less