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Hi I'm Scott

I grew up all over the world. I'm a student studying psychology and film. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a music lover, a traveler, a movie buff, and a psychology student studying to be a media researcher at BYU. I love playing ultimate frisbee, and I'm getting into racquetball and bowling. I have lived in Maryland, Seoul, Hawaii, Mongolia, and Utah and I speak fluent Mongolian. I live with a bunch of college students in an old doll museum. Really. I like all kinds of music, but right now I'm really into indie, folk, experimental, and alternative hip hop. I sing in a bluegrass band, which is fun. I'm the oldest of five kids and we are all very close. After I graduate this year I plan on going to grad school and eventually teaching and doing research. Ultimately I would like to help people make wise media decisions. I believe media (especially film, which is my main area of study) have the ability to greatly influence our lives for the better if we know how to engage with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, so I didn't really start questioning whether it was true until I was 19. That was the first time I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety. I prayed to know if it was true and gradually yet powerfully God touched my heart and I knew this church would bring me closer to Him than any other. I've had much joy in my life, but I've had some challenges too. These may not have appeared much to outside observers, but they were painful for me to bear. My real conversion came when I learned to turn to the Lord--instead of others, the world, or myself--with faith that God would help me. At first it was hard to believe He would perform miracles in my life, considering how undeserving I am. But I came to see that Christ earned this miracle for me as He suffered and died for my sins. I am still learning and growing, but the loving help and transformation I receive as I turn to Him is beyond description. I know the Savior lives; that He loves us and has the power to save us from the snags of life we get caught in. I could never earn my own peace and happiness, nor could I ever hope to repay my Savior for what He has done for me. All I can do is give my life to Him out of love and then sit back and await the joy, serenity, and guidance that always seems to come. I nurture this testimony of Jesus Christ as I read and apply the sacred passages of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I show my gratitude by sharing this message with others. The Church of Jesus Christ offers me opportunities to draw closer to Him and serve others.

How I live my faith

I go to one hour of worship and two hours of instruction every Sunday. This is often the highlight of my week. I am blessed to serve in our local congregation's music committee, conducting hymns and organizing musical events. I also have been assigned to meet with members to share my testimony and offer service.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I believe we are all spiritually terminal. By our very nature we desire righteousness AND sin; and so we pull ourselves apart. This state of conflict makes it impossible for true peace and joy to abide within us. If we let him, Jesus Christ will change us. He will heal our hearts and make us into beings of light, truth, and happiness. This miracle is a gift available to everyone, and it is absolutely free of charge. Because He will not violate our freedom to choose, however, He cannot change us in ways we do not want to be changed. We must truly desire this gift, which is why we seek righteousness through works and worship. These actions in no way earn salvation, they simply allow God to enter our lives and change us. I have experienced this change in my life. I tried for years to change myself and earn happiness by doing all the "right things," with zero success. As soon as I gave up and humbly asked my Savior to do it for me, I started seeing miracles in my life. I am a much better person now than I was even a year ago, and I owe this change entirely to my Savior. I need Him every day to save me from the traps of sin I lay down for myself. In my experience, this spiritual rebirth is a life-long process, and a joyous one. Show more Show less