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Hi I'm Scott

I'm a Mormon, and grateful for it

About Me

I was born and raised in California. My wife and I have five children and have been married thirty-four years. We also have grandchildren who remind us how fun it was raising our own children - they were a lot of fun and they still are. I still work. I played basketball until I was 62 and had to quit because most of the other players were half my age. I play some golf - badly. Outside of work, I work for a food pantry that gives food to poor people and I work with the young people at church.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons and I was taught about the Church growing up. I went away to college and while there decided to know for myself if it was true. I believed it was, but wanted some certainty on the matter. Early in the mornings I went to the basement of the dormitories where the music practice rooms were and prayed about the matter. I didn't get any striking answer when I prayed, but I did get a strong desire to read the Book of Mormon which I did until late in the evenings. By the time I was finished, I was very comfortable that it was the word of God and that the Church I was raised in was His church. Since that time, my life experiences have helped me to see how important it is to know that God lives, that He loves us, and that He continues to guide us in our individual needs through prayer, and more broadly through living prophets who remind us of the truth and importance of gospel truths. I have been blessed with spiritual experiences as I have lived my life to know that these things are true.

How I live my faith

The most important part of living my faith is how I take care of my family. We raised our children by trying to be the kind of people we wanted them to be, by teaching them gospel principles which we believed would help them be the kind of people they ought to be, and by having fun with them. We loved them, we laughed and played with them, we prayed and read the scriptures with them, and it brought great joy to us. We had our bad days, but they didn't last long and they were not as many as the good days. I work with the young people in our church. It's not easy to be a young person of conviction and integrity these days so I really admire the kids that are trying to be good, and I enjoy working with them. We talk about spiritual things, but we also talk about other things of interest to them, and we have fun activities and laugh together. I truly believe God meant for us to have happiness in this life as well as the next. I work with a food bank that gives food to the poor. Most of them are humble people just trying to make their way. I get a lot of satisfaction trying to be helpful to them. When I retire, I hope to be more helpful.